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    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 30th Mar 15, 10:45 PM
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    From 」0 to 」154K and back again
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    • 30th Mar 15, 10:45 PM
    From 」0 to 」154K and back again 30th Mar 15 at 10:45 PM
    Hello Long time lurker, first time poster

    I have been waiting sooooo long to post on the MFW board and today I can . Apologies in advance if this post gets too long.

    After 15 months of faffing around we have finally bought our house. We got the call today to say the money had gone through.

    A bit of background:

    We're buying our SH house, which we've lived in for 11 years, we were the first people to live in it too!! We've decided to buy this house rather than a private house because we cannot afford any other house in our town We're planning on living here for at least 5 years to avoid paying back the discount, and we have to give first refusal to the HA. And it gets us on the ladder.

    There's 5 of us living here, me, DH, DS1, DS2 and DD. Five years is a good amount of time as DS2 and DD would have finished school by then and we do love the area. DS1 is working and should have moved out by then

    The mortgage is with Santander and we've borrowed a massive 」154K This is over 24 and a half years and is on a 2 year fixed at 1.9%.

    Now, just because it's for 25 years doesn't mean I want to have it that long. My plan is to get shot of it as fast as possible, as going from no debt to that much is a bit scary. We're allowed to OP by 10% of the outstanding balance, (very unlikely every year) and OP's have to be at least 」500.

    Essay over for now. Hope to speak to you all soon, you have all been such an inspiration and I've been itching to join in for years.
    Last edited by purplevamp; 21-06-2015 at 7:04 PM. Reason: got the length of mortgage wrong!!
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 5th Jan 17, 8:40 AM
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    Just catching up on your diary over the last two weeks!

    3k overpayment is fantastic news! Really well done you
    2018 MFW #20 - OP 」1465.85/ 」3000 49%
    Mar: 」218 Apr: 」528.91 May: 」27.31

    Emergency fund 」4.2k/ 」6k
    Mortgage Oct '16 」170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 」255.50 2017 」2600.40
    • phillw
    • By phillw 5th Jan 17, 11:52 AM
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    Had to pay 」5 My yearly one works out at around 」1.50 per day.
    Originally posted by purplevamp
    It's annoying when you make a mistake and the money you have been scrimping and saving gets blown because of it. Losing something or putting off that auto renewal phone call etc.

    I haven't got a full breakdown of "stupid things I've done" but!in my head it's around 」10k and then there is buying at the height of the market rather than years earlier when I probably could have done it much easier.

    Dealing with that negativity in the back of my head is probably the hardest part of my money saving adventure.
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 5th Jan 17, 9:20 PM
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    It's annoying when you make a mistake and the money you have been scrimping and saving gets blown because of it. Losing something or putting off that auto renewal phone call etc.
    Originally posted by phillw
    I could kick myself for that! I saw it the day before but obviously I "saw" it in a different place to where it actually was . I put 」50 a month away for my bus pass, which just about covers it. It's gone up to 」570 for a yearly pass now Even though I only work 3 days a week it still works out better value than getting a weekly or 3 daily tickets. And my DH can use it as it's like a credit card-type thing and doesn't have my photo on it. Also if I want to go out on my days off it comes in handy.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 5th Jan 17, 9:22 PM
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    Just catching up on your diary over the last two weeks!

    3k overpayment is fantastic news! Really well done you
    Originally posted by Kittenkirst
    Thank you Kittenkirst . Not as much as I wanted to OP but it's still a very good amount. I'm hoping to pay the same off again this year, maybe more. But I need want a new kitchen, sofa, etc, so will be saving up for these things too.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 7th Jan 17, 4:10 PM
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    Thought I'd empty out Kevin (piggy bank) to retrieve all my pound coins sooner rather than later, as they're going to be out of circulation this year. Didn't count the rest of the coins but have got 」114 in pound coins

    I'm just looking through them to see if any are rare. It's hard to tell as some are selling on ebay for lots of money more than 」1 but on other sites they're not!

    So maybe some potential for extra money
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 8th Jan 17, 11:38 PM
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    I have lost 3lbs Which is surprising as I have finished off the chocs from xmas Only coffee and orange ones left, so kids and DH can have those.

    Have just cashed out 」15 Amazon voucher from survey site, so that's gone into the "pot" for Christmas. Already up to 」31

    Got some items ending on ebay tonight and have just noticed 1 of them has a bid. 15 minutes left, so maybe some more bids, doubtful though!
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 9th Jan 17, 8:02 AM
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    Fingers crossed fore EBay sales last night. Great work on the 3lb loss too.

    Have a great week
    2018 MFW #20 - OP 」1465.85/ 」3000 49%
    Mar: 」218 Apr: 」528.91 May: 」27.31

    Emergency fund 」4.2k/ 」6k
    Mortgage Oct '16 」170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 」255.50 2017 」2600.40
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 22nd Jan 17, 1:41 PM
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    Grrrr. Fridge freezer has broken down completely, and it's out of warranty (obviously!) We've only had it 2.5 years. Not happy at all. It's a Beko. I was against buying it at the time but it seemed like a good deal. My last one was a Samsung and lasted 14 years.

    I'm getting a new one (Samsung) but it's not coming until Wednesday. So we're having to borrow a small camping fridge from my Mum. ATM the milk, etc is outside by the back door, colder out there than the fridge. Cooked up lots of food yesterday but the rest will have to be chucked. I really hate wasting food but it's better than being poisoned or getting the runs
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 25th Jan 17, 2:28 PM
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    New fridge freezer has arrived and is in place. Can't switch it on for 5 hours as it may explode Apparently this actually happens. So still using the portable fridge. Had to throw 2 binbags full of food away in the end. A lot of it was YS rolls, tubs of leftovers, but also some full packs of fish and meat.

    We may have to get a takeaway tonight as we have no food in the house suitable for dinners

    The new fridge has a 10 year warranty on it
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 3rd Feb 17, 4:15 PM
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    Did you end up with that naughty take away in the end purplevamp?

    Hope the new fridge freezers bringing you some happiness
    2018 MFW #20 - OP 」1465.85/ 」3000 49%
    Mar: 」218 Apr: 」528.91 May: 」27.31

    Emergency fund 」4.2k/ 」6k
    Mortgage Oct '16 」170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 」255.50 2017 」2600.40
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 3rd Feb 17, 7:06 PM
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    Did you end up with that naughty take away in the end purplevamp?

    Hope the new fridge freezers bringing you some happiness
    Originally posted by Kittenkirst
    Err, yes!!! Papa johns yummy!! There was plenty left for luches the next day too! New fridge freezer is still working and I'm loving it It's just really empty though.

    We struggling with what to make for dinner tonight as there's not enough in the fridge. My DH does the shopping so I blame him for not buying enough food. I'm sure I can scrape something together though!
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 12th Mar 17, 10:18 PM
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    Well, it looks like I won't be able to OP for some time as I've got to lend my DS1 」2K as him and his mates are moving and they need to give the new letting agents/landlord 」10K upfront This is about 6 months rent plus deposit. They've got most of it but are a bit short. He said he'll pay me back but it'll take a long time.

    So within the space of 5 months I'm 」4K down Having had to buy 3 kitchen appliances and now this has seriously dented my savings.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 28th Mar 17, 11:02 PM
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    I only needed to lend DS1 」800 in the end (only, she says ). So have managed to make my first OP of the year of 」600 They've now fixed it for me to OP online rather than go into a branch or phone them and it will come off the term not the interest Minimum I have to OP for a month to come off is 」434.80.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 31st Mar 17, 1:00 PM
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    Wasn't going to get tickets for The Darkness in Dec, but had a look on Ticketmaster to see if they had sold out, they hadn't so I got 2...

    Haven't had sugar for the whole of March and I have lost 8lbs I'm going to try to keep it up. This seems to be the only way I can lose weight these days.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 25th Apr 17, 6:47 PM
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    Not a lot of OPing action lately. but lots of money has been going out on stuff for the kids. School trips to the theatre, yearbooks, new clothes...

    Well last month I lost 8lbs by not eating sugar, and this month I've still been sugar free and have a lost... 0lbs Not a single ounce!! So I had half an Easter Egg last night and a couple of mini eggs today.
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 16th May 17, 4:20 PM
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    Nothing OP'd for ages. It seems like my spare money has dried up

    Well, Friday was our 10th Anniversary and in our traditional way the presents were meant to cost 」10. I bought a tin camping mug (tin is 10 years) and my DH bought me an eternity ring NOT 」10 But I don't mind

    We went out for dinner and a comedy show at our local comedy venue. There were 3 comedians and the compere. Charlie Baker, Mark Nelson, Marcel Lucont and Lloyd Griffith.

    There were some stag do hecklers in but they were put in their place perfectly by the comedians. Marcel Lucont was very funny!! Never heard of him before but would definitely see him again.

    I've got a really busy (and expensive) month ~ cake decorating fair and a party on Saturday, Baywatch next Tuesday, Adam Ant on Thursday, BBQ party for 4 yo niece the following Sunday.

    Then nothing for ages!!! Apart from DDs birthday in June, DS2s birthday in July, Mamma Mia in August, Gorillaz and Russell Brand in Nov, finishing off the year with the Darkness in Dec Phew!!!

    Hoping there are no more surprise gigs, etc coming up. Now I see why I have no spare money
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 3rd Jun 17, 9:12 PM
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    Just made an OP of 」500. This is the first time I have made it through my online account. Previously I've rung them up or paid at a branch. They promised me it would come off the capital, so I shall have to wait for the letter and see if this is true.

    Finally, my busy month of May is over and i can relax a bit. Not much happening this month. Hosp app next Saturday for a camera op DD's birthday is coming up. That is pretty much it.


    I bought tickets for Matt Lucas last week
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 20th Dec 17, 7:50 PM
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    Hey purple vamp! How!!!8217;s it all going?
    2018 MFW #20 - OP 」1465.85/ 」3000 49%
    Mar: 」218 Apr: 」528.91 May: 」27.31

    Emergency fund 」4.2k/ 」6k
    Mortgage Oct '16 」170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 」255.50 2017 」2600.40
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 21st Dec 17, 7:20 PM
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    Hey purple vamp! How!!!8217;s it all going?
    Originally posted by Kittenkirst
    Hi Kittenkirst

    Not as well as I'd hoped. Money has been really tight for some reason or another (kids, gigs, etc) so I haven't been able to make many OPs this year. I think I can just about manage 1 more before the end of the year but will have to wait until after 25th, or whenever they take my next payment out, probably 27th.

    So, this year I have seen Adam Ant, Russell Brand, The Dakrness, Gorillaz, Matt Lucas, The Exorcist (on stage), and have bought tickets for Steel Panther in January and Hamilton in March. These are the "cheap seats" and are a Christmas present for my DD who is desperate to see it. Normally the seats are 」200 a pop in the stalls but I got these for 」57-」75 each in the Royal Box. Still a massive chunk of money but there's no way she'd see it otherwise.

    I need to start making more money for next year. And seriously get my mortgage down.

    How's yours coming along? Are you making any dents in it? This time of year is a nightmare for saving anyway. I'm so behind too. Just came back from last minute shopping and still need to go out tomorrow after work.

    Hope you have a fantastic Christmas xx
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 1st Jan 18, 4:07 PM
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    My NYRs for 2017 are (in no particular order)
    • Lose weight (this one is always on the list ) DID NOT ACHIEVE
    • Declutter and put on ebay, amazon, charity or bin NOT TOTALLY
    • Spend less, save more ISH
    • Move more!! (I have a fitbit but don't take any notice of it! ) DID NOT ACHIEVE
    • Get more sleep!! DID NOT ACHIEVE
    • Keep on top of emails (currently have 5K on hotmail and 700 on aol) DID NOT ACHIEVE
    • Enter more comps again (I used to enter loads and win lots but haven't entered many for a long time) SORT OF BUT COULD DO BETTER
    • And obviously overpay the mortgage!!A BIT, BUT NOT ENOUGH
    Originally posted by purplevamp
    So none were really achieved.

    This year I plan to:-
    • Lose weight (again!! )
    • Declutter and put on ebay, amazon, charity or bin
    • Spend less, save more
    • Move more!!
    • Get more sleep!!
    • Keep on top of emails
    • Enter more comps again
    • Do more surveys and make money
    • And overpay the mortgage by at least 」2,500!!

    I had a computer for Christmas which is a lot faster than my previous one which used to slow down stop on a regular basis for at least 10 minutes each time, about 20 times a day. I put this down to why I couldn't do half of what I wanted as it was so frustrating

    Happy New Year to everyone and may you all achieve your goals
    Mortgage: Was: 」154,495 Oct 2039
    Now: 」129,669.22 Feb 2038
    MFW #84 」0.00/」2,500

    Swagbucks ~ 」120 (2017 ~ 」335)
    Surveys ~ 」114.00 (2017 ~ 」292.30)
    PTC, etc ~ $72.68 (2017 ~ $342.32)

    的 Love You" "I Know"
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