1% challenge 2020

After a successful start in 2019, here's the new 1% challenge thread for 2020...

When faced with a debt that ends in several 000s, overpayments can feel like a drop in the ocean.

Maybe you've been OPing for a while and feel like there is little left to squeeze out of your budget. Maybe you've lost your mojo with OPing and need a new challenge. Perhaps you feel intimidated by how much others OP on the annual or MFi3 challenges, or are unable to commit to fixed monthly payments.

1% of your mortgage balance is a far less daunting sum to aim towards whilst still chipping away at your debt. It turns the mortgage marathon into more of a sprint and helps make the impossible feel more achievable.

To calculate 1%, simply divide your mortgage balance by 100 then post your target below. Don't forget to come back and share the little things you are doing to help you hit your target.

Let the challenge commence!
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  • pavlovs_dogpavlovs_dog Forumite
    10.2K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    We have quite a substantial fixed OP go out each month, and despite this progress to mortgage freedom seemed painfully slow. The 1% challenge gave me something winnable to focus on, and helped make sure that spare pennies were earning their keep. After smashing our original 1%, we played for a second time. I have yet to do the final month end payments, but the challenge helped us OP more than £1000 of money that might otherwise have been frittered away. Seeing our target sum decrease each time is really motivating when the process of clearing the mortgage seems painfully slow!

    Our 2020 challenge will start at £642. I look forward to new and old faces joining in
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  • DancingInTheRainDancingInTheRain Forumite
    1.2K Posts
    Sixth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Great challenge, we're focused on paying down debt but have a longer term plan of paying down the mortgage once debt free so this challenge will be a good starting point and help with minimising frittering.

    My 2020 challenge will start at £565
  • 5erge5erge Forumite
    105 Posts
    Seventh Anniversary 10 Posts Combo Breaker
    I am in again for 2020,

    £389 for me.
  • Talia1Talia1 Forumite
    153 Posts
    Tenth Anniversary 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    I'm in for the first time, please count me in to clear £1200.00, the actual 1% is a few pounds less, but it's makes it easier to break the amount down to £100 per month. Thank you for the thread Pavlov.
    The 365 day 1p Challenge 2023 ~60 £0/667.95
    Save £2023 in 2023 0/£2023

  • I'm new to the challenge for 2020.

    I'm £1260 - so £105 per month.
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  • DancingbeckyDancingbecky Forumite
    31 Posts
    Second Anniversary 10 Posts Name Dropper
    I’m new to the challenge for 2020 my target is £2,115.
    December 2021 - £151,250
    December 2020 - £167,500
    December 2019 - £211,500
    March 2019 - £218,000 moved house
  • RachibRachib Forumite
    36 Posts
    Second Anniversary 10 Posts
    Im in again for 2020.

    1% for me is (rounded) £1,455,
    Last year I ended up at overpaying 1.56%, so I have a stretch target this year of 2%
    MFW 1% Challenge 2019 - £2,383.44/£1,530 1.56%
    MFW 1% Challenge 2020 - £5,650.46/£1,455 4.00%
  • Please can i join again, i nearly made the 1% in 2019 but the mortgage is about to increase significantly so my 1% is £4000, i think this will be a massive stretch but will see what i can do/sell to make it happen, moat of my spare money goes towards more house repair and renovation.

    Thanks for running this again.
    £400,000 starting Jan 2020 current end date Aug 2041 I would love the end date to be 2027 but will aim first for 2037.
    1% target £4000 so far £20 paid
  • jodles16jodles16 Forumite
    1.5K Posts
    Car Insurance Carver!
    Hi I would love to join in this challenge, it can feel like such a long journey and last year saw my least engagement with this website and overpaying the mortgage since I started here a few years ago.

    My 1% is £1525 rounded up.

    I have set up an OP of £250 a month, so in theory I may be able to do this twice, if nothing changes with a little extra thrown in! Trying to do a financial overhaul and review at the moment so who knows what may happen!

    What a wonderful way to welcome the new year!

    Best of luck to all!

    Jodles :D
    MFW2020 #115 250/3000 J-250
    1% challenge- /1525
    Save 1k in 2020- /3000

    Joining in UberFrugalMonthChallenge set up by the Frugalwoods!
  • fiischfiisch Forumite
    495 Posts
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Name Dropper
    Great idea... Count me in for 2020.

    Still a fairly daunting target of £4,222.50... (On help to buy scheme, so another interest free 20% which for the purposes of this I'm ignoring!).

    Feels optimistic given recent form, but gives us something to aim for!
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