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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 5th Feb 16, 10:35 AM
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    Getting a mortgage and then becoming mortgage-free!
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    • 5th Feb 16, 10:35 AM
    Getting a mortgage and then becoming mortgage-free! 5th Feb 16 at 10:35 AM
    Hi all!
    So from my title you may have guessed I don't yet have a mortgage, however I am hoping that will all change within the next few weeks.
    I will then start on overpaying the mortgage and really penny pinching to try and reduce it down as much as possible!

    I'm hoping this is alright to start my diary in here? :-)

    The story so far, my lovely girlfriend and I have been discussing getting a place together for some time. We started looking at houses (al very small and far from her parents- which is a no-no, we want to be close to them to visit regularly). Last weekend we went to see a new build development and fell in love with a house- less than 2 miles from her parents, perfect size for the two of us and within our budget (from getting mortgage in principle information and confirming monthly payments were well within our budgets).

    Sooooo we took her parents round for their seal of approval, spoke with an agent we know through the family about pertinent questions to ask, did lots of number crunching and then placed a reservation.....

    ....so we've now got paperwork from solicitors re the conveyancing etc and paperwork from the mortgage advisors to sort out this weekend.
    We have re-jogged our budget to ensure we had the deposit in savings by end of Feb (we thought we'd have a few months before we found anywhere) so are ready to almost hand over £18500 :O

    I have agreed to move into her parents house and pay rent in mid March to prevent paying rent, bills and food (will save an extra £500 a month) so we should be in a good position for when the house is ready September/October time!

    Does anyone have any hints or tips so far?

    Our brokers/solicitors are ones recommended by family who've used them and really recommend them and we've sense checked the rates the solicitors charge to ensure its competitive.
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 5th Nov 18, 10:21 PM
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    eBay sales have been doing well with a nice £115 received for our two old fitbits which has gone towards the gfs credit card

    Also tonight an old top (worn a few times on our USA holiday) sold tonight so a nice £11.70 overpaid straight away

    A pair of cut off jeans also sold this evening but the buyer hasnít yet paid- that will be around £6.50 to overpay after postage and fees which is better than it laying around in the spare room.

    Need to iron a few tops and prep some listings ready to go live at the weekend to keep on going whilst things are selling.

    Went to both the gym & yoga today so feeling a bit healthier than the weekends exploits- Iím too old for day drinking nowadays! The 241 cocktail & half price cocktail bar list came in very handy

    Started chopping up one of the pumpkins tonight- got half done so seeds are soaking overnight, quite a few slices are in the freezer and a traybake prepped for tomorrow night when I get home from silver class. I used some turkey sausages bought ys tonight at Morrisonís (33p for the two Iíve used, the rest is portioned up in the freezer), Iíve added rosemary, peppers, onions and garlic. Gf will chop a spud and add it in tomorrow and pop in the oven for me ready for getting home.

    Iíve packed my work bag for tomorrow- reusable drinks cup ready, frozen lasagne defrosting for lunch, apple and the Swedish shop apple corer packed alongside some Soreen to hopefully keep me away from the work canteen- fingers crossed I donít succumb!!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 6th Nov 18, 9:38 PM
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    Evening all!
    Long day in the office today but pleased to say I resisted the siren call
    Of the well stocked work canteen

    Dinner tonight was fab- that pumpkin was delicious roasted with the garlic veggies and turkey sausages. Yum! In the office again tomorrow so will make sure I pack the lunch bag in the morning before heading in.

    eBay buyer paid today so £10.43 now overpaid on the mortgage so weíve sent £39.94 to the mortgage this month all from interest, eBay selling & surveys. Not too bad really.

    Picked up some fresh flowers after work this evening and a few small candles for the gf ready for Diwali tomorrow and have cleaned the house up ready as itís New Year in the Hindu calendar on Thursday- must always start New Year with a clean house and clear mind :
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 8th Nov 18, 11:35 PM
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    Urgh, I totally have the lurgy and feel rather sorry for myself!

    Iíve been in the office the past few days but managed to take and eat my packed lunches and make my own coffees so an improvement on last week!

    Weíve been doing some more decluttering so the pile for listing has grown- weíve agreed we will prioritise this on Saturday and get six items up. It will only sell if we list after all!

    Works been pretty manic the past two weeks so not much in the way of lunch breaks so prolific hasnít been viewed much- had a £1.20 survey tonight and thatís it. Need to make sure I take lunch breaks and check the site regularly!

    Had a friend Iíve for dinner tonight as itís New Year in the Hindu calendar and Hugo decided it was time for his newest party trick as he brought in an alive mouse. Typical when we have a guest!! I then spent 5 mins chasing the poor thing with Tupperware and then managed to release it in the woods at the end of the drive. Hugo has then sulked all evening
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • newgirly
    • By newgirly 9th Nov 18, 7:53 AM
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    Hi KK , just caught up with your diary as its been a while, the holiday sounds amazing!
    MFW 21

    £79,000 left, target £16k in 2019
    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 9th Nov 18, 10:16 AM
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    Cats! Naughty Hugo!
    OPs 2018 = £2090
    Moving savings = £3085
    OPs 2017 = £3103
    Starting balance 2012: £132000; balance Jul 2018: £91,552
    MFW2018 no. 38
    • Moneyfordreams
    • By Moneyfordreams 10th Nov 18, 2:56 PM
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    Hi KK, I have really enjoyed your diary. I think you and your GF have done amazingly well... I love reading established diaries so I can get to "know" the person and then follow with an idea of background events. I'll probably lurk about and jump in occasionally. I think your diary is one many people could learn from
    Mortgage restart June 2018 £119950
    December 2018 cc £5500, £5350, £3000
    Mortgage £115000
    £1700 on DD1s car cc
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 10th Nov 18, 6:07 PM
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    Hi all, thanks for popping in and your comments.

    Hugoís little mouse unfortunately made a reappearance at around half midnight that night

    Today has been a bit of a slow day- we went to yoga, then popped in to see the parents. I then went into our little town and bought some DIY bits from the pound shop & Wilkos. We have now scrubbed down some of the white walls ready to put some fresh paint over tomorrow and then we can put our kitchen clock up. We also popped up a print we have had for ages so we felt proud for adulting today.

    Normal cleaning etc for a Saturday and now catching up with eastenders with a cuppa.

    Chicken defrosting since this morning ready for a garlic and black bean stir fry with noodles tonight.

    Overpayment of £8 yesterday to round down the joint account.

    Hoping to be able to call into Boots in town after yoga tomorrow and get the gf the Tiffany perfume for Christmas. She has been looking at it for ages but not bought it as she had others, she is now low on perfume as had been using them up so will get it whilst they do their double points event. I checked the little Boots in town today but they didnít stock it there. Fingers crossed for tomorrow. Iíve been saving the work vouchers up so will use some of that towards it.

    Payday on Thursday, feels ages away. Need NSDs until then (other than the gift on vouchers)!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 11th Nov 18, 2:30 PM
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    Today has been a day of quiet in our home, I had a bit of a good clear up in the kitchen which included emptying drawers, cleaning the liners and then rearranging it all. Everything feels nicely ordered and sparkling now. I also finished chopping those pumpkins which are cleaned and portioned out in the freezer ready for winter.

    Iíve then been marking my own respects (of sorts) by reading some poetry written during the First World War- I think Iím getting more emotional as I grow older as could feel myself getting upset on a few occasions. Such a sombre day today, important to be thankful for what we have, the freedom that we have and also that we are not required to give up our lives in war.

    Off to gf friends for Sunday dinner tonight, we have got a big timmof biscuits and lots of Indian ghatia (savoury crisp like snacks) to take over with us. Friend has advised they are making a Bakewell tart for after a :

    Lidl shop completed first things this morning with £25.60 spent and got some bits for stores (dishwasher tablets down to £1.99 instead of £3.29 so put them in the larder for now, same with some coffee and cleaning stuffs) we also got fresh baguettes and some trimmed bacon which made a superb Sunday brunch for us both- such a treat having fresh bacon baguettes

    No travel for me this week and only silversmithing class on Tuesday so meal plans are a bit easier this week- got some turkey mince with 30% off as itís tomorrows date so weíll either do a turkey kheema or a pasta meatball dish (Both bulked with veg obviously) and we got some chicken breasts in tops we have a nice mozzarella from last weeks shop so may do handmade pizzas one night or potentially a nice pasta bake.

    Payday is on Thursday which Iím looking forward to for the payday shuffle I need to call Clydesdale this week and check the amount of interest charged on the 1st and update the accounts spreadsheet & app.

    Off to have a cuddle with the cats and a cuppa.
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 12th Nov 18, 11:09 AM
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    Working from home today and having my first break- I struggle taking regular breaks regardless of whether at home or in the office so have put the laptop down and having ten minutes to not think about work and have a nice cuppa.

    Called mortgage provider and interest this month was £216.32 which means itís now £6.98 a day. So much better than when we started BUT still a lot every day!

    Iím trying to look at spending and get back into some better habits- yesterday at Lidl I picked up a Colombian instant coffee for £1.69 for 100g. That makes it £16.90 per kg which is an awful lot cheaper than the usual coffee we buy (which we buy from a variety depending on which is on offer to bring it under £22/kg). It tastes pretty good although need to see if gf likes it too.

    Also tried the Lidl deodorant (65p I think) instead of £1.75-£2 for the Nivea or Sure spray we usually buy. That one is a definite keeper too!

    Brekkie has been porridge with grated apple (free from work) with black currant jam (free from recent hotel stay!) and was delicious and much neeeed after a 6am gym session

    I need to update my spending spreadsheet at lunch today and Iíve been putting it off- think I have ten days to update so will take a while and will show just how bad spending has been recently. Take each day as it comes and start little steps and weíll get there Iím sure!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Hazelnutty
    • By Hazelnutty 12th Nov 18, 1:50 PM
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    I really like the Lidl and Aldi coffee - it's become a staple in our house. We get through about a pack a week, sometimes more, so the saving really adds up
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 12th Nov 18, 8:25 PM
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    Hazelnutty- I think the coffee is a winner

    We drink lots of coffee too so itíll help keep some costs down. Will have a think what we can try as a downshift next week. All about spending less money but having the same enjoyment.

    Just had a cuppa with a bakewell slice the friends gave us to take home yesterday- she made a marvellous roast chicken dinner with homemade bakewell slices (sheís basically a domestic goddess) who sent us home with a slice each and a slice each for gfs parents

    So Iíve devoured that after a yummy turkey mince kheema with paratha and a raw papaya salad made by the gorgeous gf. Iím struggling today with this chesty cough a lot, so she cooked the dinner tonight. Iím going to prep a turkey sausage traybake for tomorrow (thinking same as last week with pumpkin slices, peppers, onions and maybe some chopped spuds), so will finish cuppa and then crack on with it.

    Iíve cooked a Birdseye chicken breast for lunch which Iíll pack up with a wrap and salad, Iíll also take a lunchbox with porridge and a banana in with me too so I have plenty to eat without going to the canteen.

    Need to adjust my eating habits as since holiday Iíve eaten what I fancy including an awful lot of treats....leading to gaining 4kg!! Thatís 9lbs so Iíve basically gained a baby in weight

    The bakewell was amazing tonight though
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 14th Nov 18, 7:54 PM
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    The week is cracking on at great speed and we are through hump day and onto the end of the week. Yay!

    Tomorrow is pay day for the pay day shuffle and I realised why money has been more tight than I expected- popped my expenses through and Iím owed around £120....explains why I couldnít get my budget to balance. Itís been approved so Iím hoping it gets paid on Friday!

    Iíve been pretty good with food in the office the past two days- I have only spent 70p on a cheeky portion of chips to go with my (freezer) veggie lasagne today, no spends yesterday. Making pack up for tomorrow as in the office again and Iíll be pretty pleased if Iíve only spent 70p in the work canteens- definitely progress on the past few weeks.

    Iíve made a cheeky overpayment today of £4.04 which was the last of the pennies in our joint account ready to start afresh tomorrow and be replenished for the month.

    Been out for an evening run tonight of 5km, it was really hard especially with the chesty cough but Iím glad I got out there and got it done
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 17th Nov 18, 5:43 PM
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    It’s Saturday and I’m a bit shattered! Spent last night on the phones taking donations for Children In Need which was pretty fab, just a bit tiring after a full day at work.

    Our workplace was fab and treated us to pizza and snacks etc throughout the night and it was a fab atmosphere taking the donations. It was lovely to hear the people who are making the donations- retired folks, little kiddies putting their family on to give the card payment etc : we raised a fab £32k which is great

    Payday money shuffles have half been done- money has been sent to the following
    -pension, share incentive plan (£50), sharesave scheme (£200): all deducted from salary
    -£100 onto pure card (gift voucher for Christmas presents where possible)

    Then we have made our monthly overpayment- this month it was £340.21.

    Gf got her bonus through and instead of the £100 she had told me she would overpay she doubled it and popped £200 to the mortgage

    Her bonuses will be changing as of next year to match mine which means she’ll get a fair amount lower (around 1/4 or 1/3 of what she used to take home annually from her bonus). Which sucks but a bonus isn’t salaried so our workplace can change the scheme, given they’ve announced earlier this year of 3000 redundancies it makes sense to try to make savings elsewhere.

    We’ve got a big family meal planned tomorrow so have been running around today helping get things sorted as well as helping her mum and dad with some cleaning. We’ve almost cleaned up our house top to bottom, but the fab news is we have finally put up the awesome huge clock in our kitchen this afternoon- we bought it over a year ago and it’s been in the vupboard waiting to be measured out and popped up. It’s not of those where you have the clock mechanism in the middle but the numbers are words and numbers that are mirrored on sponges material so they sit out from the wall. Looks fab now it’s up! Only taken a little while

    We’ve also picked up an expanding file today to sort out our paperwork (planned for next weekend) for £3.99 to try and make it a bit more organised as the huge folder we were using has got a bit full and chaotic. Be nice to get it all in order!

    Total overpayments so far for November are a cracking £594.90 which I’m so pleased with, heading into December with a great £3846.60
    Last edited by Kittenkirst; 17-11-2018 at 6:03 PM.
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 18th Nov 18, 10:42 PM
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    Evening all,
    Finally downloaded the Shoppix and receipthog apps to start snapping all our receipts into- going to give it a try until new year and see how
    I get on! We get a lot of receipts from work expenses so will ensure I snap all of those into it to gain extra points.

    If anyone wants a shoppix referral code mine is 57VB13QH

    Similarly my Shopmium referral Is ACEAHKFA which if you use you get a free jar of Nutella (I get a £3 credit for claiming against products ) shopmium has the Harringtonís cat food on offer again this week so will get three packs, and also the new packs of iams for half price so will get a few each and stock up. We still have four bags of Harringtonís and two iams from the last time these offers came round and the boys love the food (except the Harringtonís chicken flavour oddly!)

    A quick £2.50 earnt on prolific too (referral is 8JXN5BVG) as well as a quick 50p on YouGov.

    Slow and steady will pay off with these apps I am sure!!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 19th Nov 18, 5:11 AM
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    Insomnia is a right pain in the bum! Iíve been awake two hours now and getting a bit fed up.

    Had such a wonderful day yesterday with the family meal- people have been sending pics through and itís locelg for everyone to get together. One of gfs cousins and his wife popped over to the house midway through for a bit of a nose as despite living in Leicester they sti havenít been over.
    Thank goodness we did the weekly clean up Saturday and extra cleaning

    Gf is lightly dozing away in bed and Hugo is at my feet also dozing softly. Oscar is on his blanket on the sofa downstairs as he seems to prefer sleeping down there.

    Been chatting to my brother as heís finally downloaded WhatsApp on the older handset that I gave him means Iíve been able to send him pics from the weekend and can share a lot more with him. Due to his illness &/or meds (Iím not sure which) he has quite a short attention span so being able to send him photos regularly seems a great way to involve him in our lives more without sending him reams of messages.

    Did a freezer shuffle on Saturday as part of our cleaning- found a lot of fish in the middle drawer so planning cod in harissa this week- need to google what sides to pop with it. Thereís a bit of asparagus left in fridge from last week and maybe some cabbage... will see what we can rustle up easily.

    Found two portions of soup in there too, so will nab one out for today (Mondayís) lunch in the office as Iím going to have to go in as the frequent IT issue has occurred on my laptop on Friday which means Iíll be locked out of it tomorrow so no point planning to work from home really as Iíll only have to call IT to be told to go into the office to join the network itís happening no-weekly now with weekly password resets needed and they canít solve the issue, super frustrating given Iím a mobile worker so often in different locations and many of them not my work offices. Grrrr

    Anyways, will pack some porridge using up a browning banana (from work last week that didnít get eaten), and using more of that salted caramel hot choc powder we didnít like (but works okay in the porridge) and then nab a soup and a kings mill thin (us and frozen ages ago naturally) for lunch. Dinner is a multitude of leftovers from yesterdayís family meal- dhal, mixed bean shak (curry), stuffed chillis and then for after some shrikhand- a creamy dessert which mum makes a bit better for us by using 0% Greek yogurt in place of some of the cream, topped with slices pistachios and rose water. Cannot wait for dinner tomorrow

    We also came home with two half drunk bottles of Diet Coke from the meal, which are in the fridge for later in the week. We re trying to cut right down on fizzy drinks so will try and leave them for the weekend only.

    Wonít be doing a grocery shop this week as we are away on Wednesday night with work, leftovers tonight, freezer tea on Tuesday after silver class (for me). Also we have ended up spending our grocery budget this week on a huge eggless cake for the family dinner (there were 25 people!) for £20.99 and some pretty flowers for mum for after the meal (£10). Mum and dad will probably try to pay us back for the cake but we wanted to contribute so hopefully they wonít and weíll get away with buying it for everyone

    Off to read more diaries, think Iím awake now until itís time for work. Monday will be a very caffeine filled day I expect!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 24th Nov 18, 10:38 AM
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    Morning mfwers! A very long work week this week which Iím glad is over! Lots of travel, early starts and late finishes has left me a bit frazzled.

    On the positives two sets of external visitor meetings meaning two free lunches and i managed to keep out of the work canteen! Only two coffees bought this week on the way to and from Manchester for a very long trip (one on the Starbucks card so prepaid with vouchers!)

    Went to see the light switch on in town on Thursday- managed to get free on street parking, and I downloaded the shopping centre app as Iíd seen advertised you got a free hot chicolate from Starbucks so we redeemed those for watching the lights. The town council did a great job with the lights and cannons throwing out Ďsnowí (very light foam) so it all looked rather magical. We then caught up with friends for a nice dinner. The restaurant forgot to charge us for two glasses of red wine and a Diet Coke and the food was delicious (but very naughty!) lovely night catching up with friends.

    Yesterday we invited gfs aunties and cousins over who live in our area- we made masala stuffed jacket spuds (cooked 9 huge spuds for 7 ladies and they went down a treat!). Stuffed them with a mix of chilli, lime, spices, cheese, sweet corn, onions & peppers. We bought the Ďfancyí Desserts from Lidl- the Speculoos (Biscoff) cheesecake and macarons. One of the cousins brought a giant Costco carrot cake so thereís plenty of cake left over (including the Lidl Deluxe Semi Fresno we bought and left in the freezer- looking forward to that another night ). Weíve portioned the Costco cake to give to one of the neighbours (the ones we exchange cat sitting duties with) and some for gfs dad as he loves a bit of cake. Thereís two slices of cheesecake for us tonight too

    We have a whole takeaway container stuffed full of the potato stuffing mix so weíre planning chicken Kiev with a potato cake (using the mix) and veggies tonight, weíll ball up any leftover and freeze for another day. Impressed with how far the potatoes went, it was just a lot of time to microwave them all, shell them out and chop all the veggies. Totally tasty though!

    We had a good clean up last night when everyone left (12.30) and have whizzed round this morning doing a spruce up, including the hoover so the house is looking spick and span now

    Iíve been snapping my receipts this week on Shoppix and Receipt hog. Up to 1165 on Shoppix (3200 is £5) so thatís building up quite quickly, receipt hog is a lot slower and at 174 points (but need 1500 for £5). Will keep it up until Christmas and decide if itís worthwhile- it feels like itís minimal effort at the moment so may keep it up. One Shopmium item bought this week and claim submitted.

    Only managed the one survey on Prolific this week as the ones available when I had time arenít mobile compatible (booí!) so only at £3.80, but we have changed energy provider so hoping for £40 to track on Quidco (not yet showing though!) and we finally bought a radiator cover for the hall, used a voucher and Quidco so hopefully a few ££ís back on that top.

    Yougov is ticking slowly on and at £20.60. Slow and steady with all these activities. I tend to check on them when I sit down after dinner and watch some tv.

    Off to crack on with the day, have lovely days all!
    Last edited by Kittenkirst; 24-11-2018 at 7:01 PM.
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 24th Nov 18, 10:40 AM
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    Oh and Tilly Tidy of 10p this week :
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

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    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 25th Nov 18, 7:17 PM
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    Just nipping on whilst the toad in the hole and the Christmas cake are firing away in the oven.

    Itís stir up Sunday today so the Christmas cake has been made - I male this Christmas cake recipe which Iíve used for years and everyone seems to enjoy- https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1160/simmerandstir-christmas-cake

    Weíve built our radiator cover for the hallway- bought via wayfair and it looks really pretty. Gfs mum & dad gave us £25 each for Diwali so we put it towards that. Iíve popped the fake orchid (primark) and two vanilla candles (the ones bought last weekend for £1) each and it looks really pretty

    We both went to yoga today and I went to a three hour workshop yesterday which was fab- body feels very stretched and worked now

    Dinner is sausages from the freezer- either turkey or chicken, canít remember which- made into toad in the hole with the leftover asparagus, onion and rosemary popped in. Serving it alongside that cabbage weíve had for what feels like forever and some pumpkin segments roasted off with chilli & paprika.

    Thereís still one small slice of that Speculoos cheesecake left and two macarons all from Friday so weíll share that for after a.

    Off up north tomorrow so leaving at 5.30am will pack a coffee and pull through drive through for my only bought coffee for the week on the way. Taking a colleague with me and we have lunch provided- just need to figure out what to take for breakfast on way maybe the almond cups from nature valley- £1 after cashback on Shopmium- and some fruit. Will have a rummage in the cupboards after dinner/dessert.
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 29th Nov 18, 8:13 AM
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    Good morning all!

    Working from home today so time for a nice cuppa and a read of a few diaries before starting work, with the same-day return trips up north over the last few weeks I have found Iím pretty shattered (one day was 7.5hrs of driving in total!) so am looking forward to a day of working from home, resetting my work priorities and getting caught up with everything.

    Seem to have got a bit carried away spending wise recently- checked credit card balance and it is a whopping £550....I would say how on earth had that happened but itís a combination of a few Australian spends and those Bon Jovi tickets bought for next summer

    So....need to reign that back in. The credit card has been put back in the cupboard and plans made to get it cleared ASAP. Luckily budgets are all looking fairly healthy and the predicted Christmas spends are included so fingers crossed the silly season doesnít cause any financial issues (it happens yearly so I should be able to budget for it by now )

    In money saving/money-making news Prolific is nicely at £10.91 following a few lucky evening surveys which have already cleared and Shoppix (receipt app) is at halfway towards a £5, not much but it all helps. Managed to take lunch into the office for Tuesday and Wednesday and only one frothy coffee bought this week. Pleased with the improvements there but need to keep it up and not slip into lazy/expensive habits!

    Iíve been following lots of debt free community and mortgage free community hashtags on Instagram which is great for inspiration and regular reminders of the greater plans. Found a few new financial blogs to have a nose throug so have sent the links to my home email and will have a read on lunch today.

    Iíve been thinking about my career a lot recently and whether this is what I want to do forever. I think Iím fairly good at my job however the company is doing a lot of drastic cost cutting and will be doing more rounds of redundancy etc so itís always good to have a look and see whatís next.

    I think Iíd like to stay with the company and see if they make my role redundant- been here 12 years so the tax free payout would be a nice little boost to start again, but I want to look at other options as well.

    I love love love all things personal finance and money related so I had a brief look at a financial advisors qualification yesterday, didnít get far into reading it though as something kicked off at work so cut my lunch break short (after fifteen mins!). Will go back and have a read over the weekend. I know nothing about careers in that industry, whatís required etc but thought itís worthwhile starting to have a read even if I later decide itís not right for me.

    On the bright side work gave out advent calendars this week- yum! So weíre both looking forwards to those :Xmastree:
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 29th Nov 18, 8:14 AM
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    I really like the Lidl and Aldi coffee - it's become a staple in our house. We get through about a pack a week, sometimes more, so the saving really adds up
    Originally posted by Hazelnutty
    Hazelnutty- weíre now onto our third jar.
    Iím totally converted but gf is putting up with it. Iíve promised her if her favourite goes on offer we will stock up and use this one in-between so we still get the savings but she gets her favourite too
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £4229.44:/ £3000 141%.

    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end Nov 2041
    Dec Ď18 £152,838 LTV 74.5%
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    Referral codes= Prolific- 8JXN5BVG shopmium- ACEAHKFA Shoppix- 57VB13QH
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