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    • louby40
    • By louby40 17th Jun 16, 7:57 AM
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    Round and round the overdraft....soon to be no more
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    • 17th Jun 16, 7:57 AM
    Round and round the overdraft....soon to be no more 17th Jun 16 at 7:57 AM
    Having lurked and read quite a few diaries I thought I'd start my own. If it's down on paper then I can read back and see my progress (or not)

    My debts aren't massive but my bugbear is my overdraft as I do believe if I can get that sorted everything else will fall into place

    My debts are:

    400-500 overdraft every month PAID
    970 cc now 90 Dec 17
    5500 left on my car loan (ends in Jan 2019) now 2696 Dec 17
    106,000 mortgage at 600 pm now 94,992 Dec 17
    6500 bank of mum and dad PAID

    I have 150 in an emergency fund NOW 650

    I'm just in the process of moving my current account to First Direct to take advantage of their 250 free overdraft service and 100 incentive to switch. I need to keep my o/d under the 250 and slowly begin to chip away.

    My over spends are having 2 very tall teenage boys who eat a lot and extra trips to the supermarket. I also treat myself to a manicure/gel polish every month.

    I'm a single mum and work as a teacher so I buy stuff for my class, extra craft bits, second hand books from Amazon, it soon mounts up.

    I also need to be stricter with my boys and refuse the 2.50 they ask for lunch everyday.

    I shop in Aldi and cook a lot from scratch - my slow cooker is my saviour!

    I need to keep a strict spending diary and stop buying unnecessary things.
    Last edited by louby40; 17-12-2017 at 7:37 PM.
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    • Honeysucklelou2
    • By Honeysucklelou2 14th Nov 17, 11:14 PM
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    Hope the lesson goes well. I've got one next week, just had the learning walk last week, it's all go!
    paydbx #93 692/8,000.
    Loan 17k - paid off in Aug 2017. Home improvement loans 3342 March 2017. 3123 in Jan 18
    • louby40
    • By louby40 18th Nov 17, 1:20 PM
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    Lesson observation went really well and I had postive feedback from the head. Went home Thursday evening and then spent the night either in the bathroom vomiting or lying on the bed.

    Felt truly rotten. Went into school (silly I know but teachers are renowned for not staying at home) battled through the day and went home at 4pm. Cancelled on my friend who I was supposed to be seeing for drinks and a meal, fell asleep for 8 hours and woke up this morning feeling much better.

    DP and I have just done the food shop and a bit of Christmas shopping too. I went into Sainsbury's and Doubled up my Nectar points so basically got 20 for 10 worth of points. We bought some wine for Christmas (if it lasts that long )
    • Honeysucklelou2
    • By Honeysucklelou2 18th Nov 17, 3:01 PM
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    Glad your lesson observations went well. There are a few horrible bugs going around my school at the moment. Hope you are feeling better soon.
    paydbx #93 692/8,000.
    Loan 17k - paid off in Aug 2017. Home improvement loans 3342 March 2017. 3123 in Jan 18
    • louby40
    • By louby40 19th Nov 17, 4:12 PM
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    Felt grottier and grottier as the day went on and woke in the night feeling awful.

    Had a ton of work to do today so I!!!8217;ve spent most of the day doing that, plus the ironing and a bit of Mum-taxi duties. Thank heavens for my DP making lunch, not that I!!!8217;ve been feeling that hungry!
    • louby40
    • By louby40 19th Nov 17, 4:28 PM
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    Low spends this week
    Mon - NSD 7
    Tues - NSD 8
    Wed - NSD 9
    Thu - NSD 10
    Fri - NSD 11
    Sat - Aldi 62.27
    Fuel 30
    Morrisons 12 (Christmas spends)
    Amazon 20 (Christmas spends)
    Sun -NSD 12

    Total spends 92.27. Christmas 32

    Payday is 9 days away and I!!!8217;m getting close to being spent up.
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 22nd Nov 17, 8:57 AM
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    Morning Louby,

    That's an excellent week you've had! Are you finding you're consistently around 60 for a weeks worth of food? I try and play a game with myself to see if I can get a weeks worth of shopping cheaper than I did the week previous.

    You all sorted for Xmas?
    Debt Free Date: 29/09/16
    • louby40
    • By louby40 24th Nov 17, 9:45 PM
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    Speky it!!!8217;s between 50-60 a week for food.

    We eat well, plan meals and have little wastage. We freeze any leftovers.

    This weekend we are off to Manchester, Christmas markets, meal at Jamie!!!8217;s and then seeing John Bishop. Can!!!8217;t wait!
    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 25th Nov 17, 10:19 AM
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    Great run of NSD's for you Louby, well done xx
    Mummytogirls x

    23164.32 - 12/12/10
    5419.83 - 08/04/18 - 76.61% paid off
    • louby40
    • By louby40 26th Nov 17, 5:50 PM
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    Great time in Manchester! The weather was grotty but we just kept dodging the rain.

    Meal was fab and John Bishop brilliant.

    Spends this week
    Mon- NSD (13)
    Tue- NSD (14)
    Wed 35 - Amazon - treated myself to an Echo Dot
    Thur - 7.75 Aldi
    Fri - 10 cash
    Sat - 34.72 meal
    Sun - 8.95 Morrisons
    27.26 Aldi
    35 Amazon (Christmas)

    Total spend = 123.68

    Low spend at Aldi as we've gone through the freezer and plan on using up tons of leftovers.

    Payday on Wednesday and my son is 18 on the 10th Dec so extra spends there! Excited though.
    • mummytogirls
    • By mummytogirls 26th Nov 17, 7:00 PM
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    Manchester sounds great Louby, have a great week xx
    Mummytogirls x

    23164.32 - 12/12/10
    5419.83 - 08/04/18 - 76.61% paid off
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 28th Nov 17, 9:05 AM
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    Louby - What you got you planned for hid B/D?

    Glad you enjoyed Manchester
    Debt Free Date: 29/09/16
    • louby40
    • By louby40 28th Nov 17, 4:33 PM
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    Birthday wise my son will not commit to anything. I!!!8217;ve suggested a big family meal (including his dads side who I still get on with) or a little family tea, a meal out just us.

    He won!!!8217;t commit! So I!!!8217;ve bought some banners and balloons and will buy some Prosecco and cake for anyone that calls round.

    He!!!8217;s having a car (paid and insured by me and his dad) so that!!!8217;s his present really.
    • louby40
    • By louby40 29th Nov 17, 7:33 AM
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    Well today is payday. All money has been assigned in YNAB and it will certainly be a tight month - that!!!8217;s with a Christmas budget too!

    Worryingly I get paid again on the 13th December and then have to wait until the 31st January to be paid. Nightmare! I shall have to be very strong to resist touching Decembers pay.

    I will also lose 100 a month from January because my ex husband will stop paying maintenance for my eldest son. I knew it was coming but it still stings.

    Ahh well. This is life. Luckily I!!!8217;m more financially stable than I was 2/3 years ago so I will cut my cloth.
    • louby40
    • By louby40 29th Nov 17, 6:04 PM
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    At last I!!!8217;ve just cashed out 25 from Opinium - it was pretty good time wise.

    I!!!8217;m still 4 off a 40 payout from OnePoll - it really is a slow survey site but stuck with it because it!!!8217;s consistent and you don!!!8217;t get kicked off. After this initial 40 it will be 25 payout which may be better.
    • louby40
    • By louby40 1st Dec 17, 9:17 PM
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    Oooo it!!!8217;s the weekend!! Tomorrow we!!!8217;re putting the tree up and finishing off the Christmas shopping!

    Nearly there!
    • Honeysucklelou2
    • By Honeysucklelou2 3rd Dec 17, 1:39 AM
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    Wow, you get paid before Christmas? Payday for me is always last day of the month with no changes for December. Interesting to see how things vary around the country.
    paydbx #93 692/8,000.
    Loan 17k - paid off in Aug 2017. Home improvement loans 3342 March 2017. 3123 in Jan 18
    • louby40
    • By louby40 3rd Dec 17, 10:00 AM
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    We usually get paid the last Wednesday of the month but Decembers pay is always the Wednesday of the week before we finish.

    Before I was more MS I would spend loads of it then use my overdraft in January, now I transfer it to my savings then move it back on my !!!8216;official!!!8217; payday. It!!!8217;s worked well the past couple of years.

    But January will be tight.
    • louby40
    • By louby40 3rd Dec 17, 11:47 AM
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    Of course a spendy weekend and my Christmas budget hasn't stretched as far as i would like so I've had to dip into my savings.

    17 NSD for November which i think is my BEST month ever!!

    Monday NSD (15)
    Tuesday 47 - hair (colour & cut)
    7.50 scarf (Sainsburys 25% off) christmas gift
    Weds NSD (16)
    Thur NSD (17)
    Fri 39 Aldi (DP did the meal plan and list ! )
    Sat 39 Tesco, wine, beer and cake for sons birthday next Sun
    7 BM balloons, selection boxes
    12 Next Christmas gift
    27 B & Q - lampshade and toilet seat
    Sun NSD (1)

    TOTAL : 152 inc Christmas 171.50

    I still have a few things to get. But nearly there.

    Have set up a regular saver with First Direct - 50 a month, can't touch it otheriwse I don't get the interest. 5% - it won't be much but it stops me spending it. It will be paid on the 1st Dec 2018.
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 5th Dec 17, 9:15 AM
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    That's a great idea Louby with the savings account. Will that be your Xmas spending money next year?

    Huge well done on the November NSD. And a great month to break your own record too!
    Debt Free Date: 29/09/16
    • louby40
    • By louby40 5th Dec 17, 9:54 PM
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    Christmas savings will be 600. I didn!!!8217;t quite get to that this year, I dipped into it with doing my kitchen.

    Next year I shall be more saving savvy! At the end of December I will have paid 25% of my kitchen debt off! Amazing really.

    I still need blinds and a new table & chairs but I want to save for them and my savings pot needs a boost first.
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