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    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 24th Sep 13, 4:58 PM
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    our forever patch challenge
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    • 24th Sep 13, 4:58 PM
    our forever patch challenge 24th Sep 13 at 4:58 PM
    well, this week sees the new start to my mortgage free plans. After 18 months clearing debts, then paying for our wedding, which took most of our hard earned savings, we are at the beginning again.

    Due to restructure at work, OH is on a reduced monthly pay, so the savings are even more of a challenge!
    Our plan is over the next two-three years, build up savings , and make over payments, untill we have enough saved to clear the outstanding balance owed on our mortgage, then sell this house, and use the sale proceeds as deposit on our "forever home", we really want somewhere with an acre or so of land, to allow me to have my own horse again, and OH to have garage/workshop he has always wanted.

    we both get paid this week, i will open new savings online, and let the challenge to get our new home begin!, we get married on Friday, this will be the start of our married life adventure too, !!
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    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 1st Feb 18, 8:08 PM
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    1st of the month, and the mortgage payment has gone out - leaving after the interst had been applied- a new outstanding balance of 226,704.53

    The grocery budget has been going well , and i have yet to spend any of my weekly spends

    We have received hubbys car insurance renewal, i did price comparison- and got the next years cover at a price of 197 less then the renewal, so a good saving there!

    I hope February continues to be as sucessful on the money saving front
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 3rd Feb 18, 12:06 PM
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    well, no win on the p.bonds this month again, was dreaming of spending that million jackpot too

    Oh well, another month of working and saving for us, that 4.53 on the end of the mortgage balance is crying to be gone, might log on after ive done cleaning, and do something about it!
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • try harder
    • By try harder 3rd Feb 18, 1:24 PM
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    I do that too those odd numbers always irritate me .

    Great few weeks for you and great figures .Well done on all the savings you have made.
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 3rd Feb 18, 3:47 PM
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    14.56 overpayment made- new balance is a neater 226,690

    My mini challenge to myself is to try and overpay the 90 before payday, leaving the balance before 28/2 at 226,600 , I will do this by small savings etc, I have a payout due from q.co for 10.43, so that will be the next instalment!

    The new total overpayments to date now stand at 6,679.95
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 6th Feb 18, 10:24 PM
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    decided to pay my q.co payout 10 off the diy costs, just 4,600 to pay back now, then will be dipping into the savings to fund the next round of work, fencing, gates, stable, and loads of sand/cement, skips and other odds and ends all needed to finish off the work on the smallholding before we can get our animals.
    I hate using savings, but im going to work a payment plan, and the stonework will take us this year and next to complete, there is loads of stonewalling and an outbuilding to repair/re-roof, so once we have shelled out for the materials, we will be kept busy for the next 24 months, in which time , along with getting all the outdoor work done and dusted, we will also have to earn the money to pay back, and add extra, to our savings and emergency fund..
    thats our plan anyway..
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • try harder
    • By try harder 7th Feb 18, 10:08 AM
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    Oh but think how wonderful it will be when you have all your animals ,so much to look forward to and work towards.
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 7th Feb 18, 9:00 PM
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    ive sat down with hubby and we have made a 21 month plan, financial and practical.

    We have planned to get the following completed/ using our savings=

    All areas fenced, including gates, and a water gate to stop our animals going down a fast running stream on our land. dont fancy fishing for sheep and chickens!

    Buy and assemble two stables

    re-roof, and repair large outbuilding that will be converted for animal housing

    and the biggest and most time/labour intensive job- repair/rebuild/repoint a large area of stonewalling= we estimate this will take at least the full 21 months to complete, as its so labour and time intensive.. it will be worth the hard work in the end- we need to keep telling ourselves when lifting those heavy stones!

    buy sheep

    buy chickens , after the lovely chicken house is built that my lovely son bought me for mothers day last year

    buy scaffolding to do stone walling

    buy horse

    pay for skip to clear crap from previous roofing work etc once land is dry enough not to get churned up with lorry delivering it

    All this will mean using the bulk of our emergency fund, which we are paying back, with a little extra as if we were paying interest, over 21 months.

    This is going to be hard work, but the end result will mean our smallholding dream will be fully up and running, all animals housed and fenced in safely/ and the main outbuildings usable .

    so, February 2018 is month 1 of our 21 month plan, here goes !
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 9th Feb 18, 8:18 PM
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    20 paid to diy costs today, im trying to make small payments as and when i can as well as the fixed planned 'monthly payments', im treating the savings used as if it were a loan, which it is in a way, so from now on i will refer to any payments back to the savings as loan repayments

    ive had quite a few nsds, this is where the 20 came from, unspent weekly spending money

    ive decided not to bother buying valentines commercialised cr*p, instead we are having date night tomorrow, including pamper session- mudpacks the lot! my hubby loves the peel off ones- good job his workmates dont know about that little gem of info!

    hope this weekend stays dry enough to get outdoors, so we can maybe make a small start with the stonework.
    The range needs a clean out in the morning , so letting it go out tonight, no doubt it will be freezing in the morning, so will be a super fast clear out of built up soot!
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • try harder
    • By try harder 9th Feb 18, 8:37 PM
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    Well done ,thats a great start to the loan repayments.
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 10th Feb 18, 1:03 PM
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    well its bucketed down with rain all morning, and the wind is freezing

    Hubby has hoovered out our range, which is lit and we are toasty warm again, so that chores out of the way, and its burning better for a good de-soot

    ive been doing chores, just rubbish to take to bin and collect post- been putting it off hoping rain will clear for the walk, plan on taking little mutt with me, thats the only walk she will want today, shes getting old and doesnt like the cold and wet now , though when the weathers nice she can still walk for miles

    ive just paid 23 to loan, this was left from grocery spends

    ive told hubby not to bother buying valentines stuff, thankfully he agrees we dont need to buy a card and go for an inflated priced meal to show our love, we show each other how much we love each other every day
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • try harder
    • By try harder 10th Feb 18, 1:49 PM
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    I have been sitting in the kitchen on the sofa in front of the television all morning ,it is lovely and warm in here and i have both aga lids up too but i think its about time i got up and walked my dog too as its quite dry here at the minute ,i wont be too long though as i should imagine it is very cold outside.Hope the weather stops for your walk its definitely not enjoyable walking in the rain although my dog whos quite old too doesnt seem to mind if its wet or cold he can go on forever.
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 12th Feb 18, 3:45 PM
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    Well the weather was against outdoor work this weekend, we had snow, about 4 inches, never stopped yesterday, its still white over here, but sunny today, typical as ive been working!

    Ive done the budget, and i will have 100 left from coal/grocery/fuel budget, im going to make 90 mortgage overpayment to round it down to 226,600, and the other 10 ill pay off the diy loan

    This month is going well up to now financially, lets hope we can keep it up!
    Last edited by sammy70; 15-02-2018 at 7:16 PM.
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 23rd Feb 18, 7:36 PM
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    its the weekend and fingers crossed for dry days!

    Last sunday hubby and i had a full afternoon clearing our little top field of heather etc, though i must admit i kept getting distracted looking at the beautiful scenery, and listening to the birds singing, it was so peaceful. Our muscles ached afterwards, i think thats the first good dry day we have had this year to get stuck in to strimming, though my bonfire was a damp disaster

    im looking forward to tuesday, when the fencing contractor starts work , not long till we have sheep now
    Wednesday is payday, so will be making all the planned savings/payments/overpayments. My grocery and fuel budget has gone a little off this month, so i need to rein it back over the next 2 weeks.

    I splashed out 2.50 of my last weeks spending money on a euromillions for the massive jackpot tonight, though tomorrow no doubt i will be wishing id just popped it in my change bottle!
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 24th Feb 18, 11:01 AM
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    as predicted- wish id popped the 2.50 into my change jar!

    Its a gorgeous sunny cold morning here, just getting stuck into a bit of housework, my first pegged outside load of washing for 2018 blowing in the breeze- spring must be around the corner!
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 25th Feb 18, 12:24 PM
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    Another dry sunny but really cold day today. Hubby has started strimming the field, ive got my list if to dos outside, but got to take doggy to vet first, she has some problem with her ears again, head shaking, scratching, she did have an ear infection a few months ago, and she has a growth in her ear which the vet last time said to monitor, so don't know which is causing the irritation.

    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 28th Feb 18, 3:31 AM
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    made 250 overpayment today, and shuffled all cash into relevant accounts, so all d/ds covered, made 540 o.payment to 'loan', and 310 to next lot of costs for stable etc

    Also had unexpepected costs this month totalling 340- bits needed to repair my car, and vet bill for doggy, so paid those off c.card too.

    its white over with snow here again, when will spring arrive .. the poor fencing guys started work yesterday, in a blizzard, they were here from 7.30am- 5pm, they must have brilliant thermals!

    So new balance of the mortgage is 226,350, the interest goes on tomorrow, and monthly payment, so will update balance again then
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 1st Mar 18, 7:51 AM
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    spring is here!
    And typical british weather with it! I'm at home, snowed in

    At 5am I set off walking down our lane to check the road, and there was a lorry stuck in the snow, and another ten behind it, I reckon they had tried to make a short cut that ended in being stranded!
    I had left my car at the end of the lane hoping it would be easier , its left there now

    it was a bit hair raising , as half way to my car, my torch battery went flat, I had a moment of panic, before I realised the snow lit the way a little!

    I'm just awaiting hubby getting home from a nightshift, hope he doesn't get stranded..

    The d/d for the mortgage has gone out, and the interest of 371.65 added, leaving the outstanding balance of 225,512.82

    I think a tidy up small overpayment is in order!
    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 2nd Mar 18, 4:13 PM
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    I'm seriously fed up of snow!

    The police closed the road leading to our home last night, as snow was drifting feet deep on it due to the blizzard conditions..

    Needless to say, I'm at home, another lost pay day, hubby has also missed one shift, the road is now open, and he has just left for work though is only one car width cleared of snow, and halfway up a lorry has half turned over, awaiting recovery. when will this weather leave!!

    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
    • try harder
    • By try harder 2nd Mar 18, 4:45 PM
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    I love the snow but it does get a bit annoying when you cant get to work ,my husband has lost three pay days now and possibly a few more to come as there are no signs of it clearing .

    Great numbers for February though
    • sammy70
    • By sammy70 3rd Mar 18, 10:44 AM
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    day 3 0f being snowed off work!
    I'm REALLY fed up of ice and snow! hubby had to tow my car from the end of our lane back to the house, and it wont be moving until the solid ice topped by snow goes! I will try to get to work in hubbys car Monday if the road is clear

    Ive made a token o.payment of 2.82 to round the balance to 225,510, hoping to again make a few small payments throughout March, hoping to get to 100, then will hopefully again be able to make the 250 overpayment on payday too, but with us being down on hours, it could be a struggle..

    I'm also awaiting the new c.tax monthly payment figure, I hate the not knowing, its early April though I think when the annual bill plops in the post I think?

    Anyway, nothing I can do about the crappy weather, but I can get the house clean and tidy, hubby snoring in bed, as he managed to get to work last night bless him, so my plan for today is- washing, cleaning, make nice tea, few drinks and treat night, and snuggle up with hubby.

    Hope next week sees better driving conditions for us all!

    current official end date of mortgage= 2037-aiming for 2030
    mortgage balance start of challenge- 25/11/2016 245,695
    overpayments 28th nov 2016- 14th May 2018 =7,913.92
    mortgage balance of currently = 223,,210 14/05/18
    month 4 of 21 month plan
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