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    • Financialfreedom
    • By Financialfreedom 6th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
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    5 year plan
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    • 6th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
    5 year plan 6th Sep 17 at 9:02 PM
    Having achieved all the usual aims of house, job, family etc. I am now in desperate need of a new 5year plan! So instead of upgrading my lifestyle, I'm keen to follow the motto of 'same house, same spouse, same car' to take us to a mythical place known as 'mortgage free living'. Having scrimped by for years living pay check to pay check whilst paying out vast sums for the kids nursery, we are now back in the land of financial comfort and able to enjoy all the little extras, like a new car, bigger house, more holidays etc. Sounds great, but it's comes at a price. The rat race! And I am asking myself the question of whether I want to work for the next 30 years in a 9-5 office job with 25 days holiday. Maybe not...

    I have been reading these forums and the idea of being mortgage free is an exciting concept. My partner and I are in the position we can live off one wage (frugally) and save the other. Putting the spare cash into savings, house renovations, holidays AND have spare to pay off the mortgage. Mainly possibly because of low interest rates and no more school fees.

    As much as I want all the material things in life, like a new sofa, huge house and bigger garden, the idea that I can still have all that in 5 years when I am debt free and have savings is a massive appeal. I also need to think about splitting between house payments, savings and investments.

    Having done the maths, I believe I can make regular overpayments on my mortgage by next spring of up to 2k per month (still less than childcare fees! It really has been tough...) and have some cash saved up.

    Over 5 years, that's 120k off the mortgage without any consideration to pay rises or bonuses. I haven't factored in overpayment charges, my mortgage allows up to 10% overpayment per annum. Anything over that will be saved and repaid at the end of each mortgage term.

    I have never saved in my life, so this will be a novel and trying experience, so please do send lots of saving tips my way!

    Step one - remove bank cards from wallet and accept cash allowance of 500 per month from OH...
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    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 6th Sep 17, 10:43 PM
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    I'm on a 5 year mission too so will follow you with interest. Good luck!

    Current balance 112,593.71. Offset 2,677.73. 109,951.98 needed to be mortgage neutral!
    End date - 03/29 but aiming for 10/22 - 2018 O/pay 600
    Make 2018 in 2018 = 406.75/2018
    Former DFW Nerd 230. Determined to be MF. Bring it on!
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 7th Sep 17, 6:07 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 6:07 AM
    You are going to smash the mortgage down at that rate.

    Have you done something to celebrate the end of school fees though? I always have a treat with the first lot of 'extra' money after paying for something - nice handbag with first lot of money not going on the student loan etc.

    All the very best.

    Wish
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = 400) 2018 Starts at 13/100 o/s 34,750.
    Jan 18 14/100 Feb 15/100 March 18/100 April 19/100 May 20/100 June 21/100
    Term Mortgage free date: October 2029 Current mortgage free date: April 2025 March 2024 Jan 2024
    MFW 2018 Challenge Member #162 1600ish/2,500
    • pinkypig
    • By pinkypig 7th Sep 17, 6:38 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 6:38 AM
    Good luck - I'll be following your journey and cheering you on
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 7th Sep 17, 8:00 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 8:00 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 8:00 AM
    Hi

    It's addictive. You will make huge inroads at 2k a month. If you need motivation, work out the daily interest on your mortgage.

    The thing is, scaling your lifestyle is unlikely to make you happy long term. Being mortgage free will offer you the freedom to do whatever you want. That will give you a good deal of happiness I imagine. You can still do great things, just not wasteful ones. Why a new car? Is the old one knackered/ beyond economic repair/not fit for purpose? If that's true replace it. If it just now needs an MOT probably need to question why it needs an upgrade. Bigger house? If you need more space then certainly a bigger house is a good idea. Otherwise, why? It's worth remembering we are sold this desire to acquire more and equate it with success and happiness. Capitalism doesn't work if people are satisfied with what they have. As adults however, we all have a choice. I wish you the best of luck. Once you start, you won't want to stop.

    Bexster
    Last edited by bexster1975; 07-09-2017 at 10:17 AM.
    • erin_transport
    • By erin_transport 7th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
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    Sounds awesome!
    I'll be following your progress- good luck
    On a mission!

    2018 MFW #138
    • Madcatgirl
    • By Madcatgirl 7th Sep 17, 2:28 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 2:28 PM
    Sounds like a fantastic plan! And, I agree with Bexster re lifestyle inflation! My car is 15 years old and still does what I need it to do, so no upgrade until it falls apart.
    March 2016 - 178,914.59; July 2017 146,160.38
    Mortgage end Sept 2043; Target - pay off by March 2022, now Sept 2021
    Target balance July 2018 112,560
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Sep 17, 3:45 PM
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    Happy shiny new diary
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
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    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • Financialfreedom
    • By Financialfreedom 7th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
    Thanks all! Nice to have some words of encouragement! 2 days in and total spend is 11. I have sadly cut out morning fancy coffee and instead taking my own, which is worth it since I will save a staggering 400 a year!

    You are spot on Bexster, I just don't need a lifestyle upgrade. My car is 12 years old, but good for another 5. I only buy second hand (mainly since I always scratch my car, so a new one would be wasted on my bad driving...).

    I think my main motivation at this stage is that I still don't know what I want to do with my life. Without being tied to a mortgage, I would have the option to change career, travel, study.

    Next step is to set up an online payment direct to my mortgage account where all my underspend on my allowance can go each month...
    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 7th Sep 17, 7:07 PM
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    Betterthanever
    You're exactly right.....giving yourself options is what it's all about!

    And I thoroughly appreciate the coffee conundrum. My Costa habit was so huge that the manager of my local branch asked me on a date and we ended up married!!! Needless to say, he is in charge of the super duper coffee machine we have at home and I get my fancy coffees for "free" here instead!!

    Current balance 112,593.71. Offset 2,677.73. 109,951.98 needed to be mortgage neutral!
    End date - 03/29 but aiming for 10/22 - 2018 O/pay 600
    Make 2018 in 2018 = 406.75/2018
    Former DFW Nerd 230. Determined to be MF. Bring it on!
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 7th Sep 17, 7:50 PM
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    Financial freedom.

    I'm a coffee fan. If it helps, I have a pod machine and Aldi do great pods for about 18p a cup. Depends what you like but I take a flask in to work most days which is a nice ( cheap) treat

    Bexster
    • Financialfreedom
    • By Financialfreedom 9th Sep 17, 7:07 AM
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    Thanks both! Love your story Betterthanever!

    I definitely need some saving tips, so keep them coming!

    Here are some saving tips I already do:

    1. Recycle jam jars and coffee jars as glasses and for storage (make-up brushes, crayons).
    2. Recycle plastic take away containers to use as Tupperware. Great for freezing food and picnics.
    3. Use up toiletries before buying new, including cutting open toothpaste tubes and finding out shampoo.
    4. Buy second hand furniture and white goods. My best washer dryer was second hand for 150. Lasted 5 years until it was broken in a house move. Bought a brand new 500 washer dryer that broke constantly, spent 160 on fixing it and it was gone within 3 years!

    Spend this week - 22 on food and a charitable donation.

    The weekends are my biggest expense, so will see if I can keep that down...
    • Silence101
    • By Silence101 9th Sep 17, 7:20 AM
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    Oh yes, I tend to shop a lot more at the weekend. I tend to avoid the shops during the week, making it easy to not spend, but then I go a bit crazy at the weekend.
    We're moving soon, so I'm trying not to bring anything in the house, which helps my wallet too. But I can see myself going a bit off plan when we've moved and I can finally decorate (ftb)
    09/17 Shared Ownership 50% share - Mortgage 77500 Original MFW 2052
    17/18 OP 7700
    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 9th Sep 17, 7:26 AM
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    Betterthanever
    Have a good weekend! Keep your spending diary to hand so it makes you think twice before buying anything!!

    Current balance 112,593.71. Offset 2,677.73. 109,951.98 needed to be mortgage neutral!
    End date - 03/29 but aiming for 10/22 - 2018 O/pay 600
    Make 2018 in 2018 = 406.75/2018
    Former DFW Nerd 230. Determined to be MF. Bring it on!
    • Financialfreedom
    • By Financialfreedom 9th Sep 17, 7:59 AM
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    Financialfreedom
    I do not have a spending diary... are there any good apps for that?

    Good luck with the move Silence101!
    • Silence101
    • By Silence101 9th Sep 17, 8:03 AM
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    Thanks!
    I haven't got a suggestion for an app, but pen and paper always works for me
    09/17 Shared Ownership 50% share - Mortgage 77500 Original MFW 2052
    17/18 OP 7700
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 9th Sep 17, 8:17 AM
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    I YNAB all bank account transactions ( when I take cash out I assign it roughly to the pots I think I'll spend it on and just record cash spends on a page in my bullet journal, simple and works for me.
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = 400) 2018 Starts at 13/100 o/s 34,750.
    Jan 18 14/100 Feb 15/100 March 18/100 April 19/100 May 20/100 June 21/100
    Term Mortgage free date: October 2029 Current mortgage free date: April 2025 March 2024 Jan 2024
    MFW 2018 Challenge Member #162 1600ish/2,500
    • Jelllibeanz
    • By Jelllibeanz 10th Sep 17, 8:35 PM
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    Good luck with your journey - I'm following with interest.


    The apps I use are receipt pig and a shop prize one too. You take a photo of the receipts and they reward you with points that can be later converted to cash or prizes. Failing that I use the online banking app on my phone to regularly review how much I've spent and have left.
    Aiming for more consistency in 2018
    Mortgage '09 = 103k Feb '17 =79.9k, Aug 17 = 69k
    #105 460/3520 credit card at 0%, #10 penny a day challenge 12/667
    Wombling Our Way to Wealth 2018 35.39, Jan's bring your lunch to work 5/20
    • Financialfreedom
    • By Financialfreedom 12th Sep 17, 12:43 PM
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    Thanks all. Will try out a few different approaches and see what works for me.

    I have been in to see my mortgage team. Apparently I can't simply transfer cash over as and when, I can either overpay regularly by writing to them, and/or I can pay one off amounts which must be 2k or more.

    I am really not good at saving, so will do a combination of both. Setting up an overpayment of 300 per month to begin, then when I have savings, pay some over in a lump sum. They don't make it easy!! I was sort of hoping they had an account I could simply transfer cash to now and then. Will have to be more organised...
    • Thistlewhistle
    • By Thistlewhistle 12th Sep 17, 2:15 PM
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    Thistlewhistle
    Hi FF

    I've just returned to MSE after a gap of 5 months so looking forward to following your thread and picking up some hints too.

    Thistle
    Mortgage at end 05/2007: 90200
    Mortgage at end 03/2018: 72361 paid 17839 (19.7%)
    MFD: Original:05/2042 Projected:02/2028 saving 171 months = 14yr 3 mth
    Car Finance: 8225 : 7043 (14.3% paid off)
    CC Debt (0% until 06/2020): 5640 : 4917 (12.8% paid off)

    Age of Money at 31/03/2018 = 24 days

    YNAB is changing the way I live my life....and spend my money!!
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