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    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 14th Jan 19, 11:25 AM
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    Lucifa goes all in on 2019
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    • 14th Jan 19, 11:25 AM
    Lucifa goes all in on 2019 14th Jan 19 at 11:25 AM
    Apologies in advance for the essay. I kind of drifted through 2018 and I want to be more focussed and deliberate about how I spend my time, energy and cash. I have started a new journal (actually three!) at home and now I am kicking off a new DFW diary.

    It is past time for full disclosure. I have been back here a few months but haven’t really properly updated our position since resurfacing. So here goes (deep breath).

    We/I owe the following:

    Credit cards:
    Tesco MC 3629.26
    Virgin 13876.59

    Wescott 1400 (an old overdraft I had forgotten aboutL)

    Of the MC, I am due £485 back in professional fees and have a scheduled payment of £150 which brings it down to just below £3k. I can’t get a 0% transfer card because my stupidity has wrecked my credit score so Hubs is going to pay this off in full from his savings and I will pay him back over the next 10 months. On a positive note, this debt was not added to over Xmas as we paid cash for everything (actually we used the CC for points and paid down everything we had put on it immediately).

    Hubs is paying down Virgin which is on 0% until 29 Feb 2020. He is paying 300pcm so we should and I will contribute to this once I have paid him back so that will be 600 pcm from January 2020. We should both get decent bonus pay-outs before the 0% expires and we hope this will come down to c£6k before we have to move it to another card. We have an MBNA card with nothing on it that we can use at this stage, the offers are consistently good and with £600 a month available (assuming nothing changes) we should be free of this by end 2020.

    I am currently paying Wescott £20 a month. When I change jobs I will review my income and look to put this up as much as possible. Ideally I want rid of this by end 2020 at the very latest.

    We both earn good salaries and have a chunk saved against possible redundancy (3x Hubs’s salary). Hubs’s job is the least certain at the moment but we think if we get through the next 12 months he will be okay for a few years. He is well qualified with great CV though so if it came to it I don’t think he would be out of work for long. As anyone who was following me before Xmas knows, I will be changing jobs in a few months which brings a significant pay increase, which means we can manage on my salary, with some cuts, if OH was out of work for a longer period and without using the savings (largely because child care costs would evaporate, along with his petrol cost which would be best part of £1k reduction on monthly costs).

    I think that is enough for one post. I will be back with an update of how we manage our income shortly J

    Thanks for sticking with it if you read this far.
    Luc


    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



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    • UncannyScot
    • By UncannyScot 14th Jan 19, 1:47 PM
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    Happy New Shiny Shiny Diary
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 14th Jan 19, 1:54 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 1:54 PM
    Happy new diary
    "The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it"
    • Starmummy
    • By Starmummy 14th Jan 19, 2:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 2:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 2:34 PM
    Happy new diary darling!

    You've got this

    SM
    x
    debt consolidated 16/8/18 £10,550.05/£12,618.12 (Total debt at LBM 1st Jan '18 c..£19.5k)
    EF/FIT savings £446.69 Other Savings £19.54 House Deposit £3,062.64/£20,000 15.3%
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 14th Jan 19, 3:44 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 3:44 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 3:44 PM
    Thank you everyone. I feel good about what is to come this year! This diary will help with maintaining momentum. I know you lot will nudge when needed


    So. Money management.
    We still run three current accounts, a personal one each and a joint account for the household bills. I ‘manage’ the joint account and my own. Hubs manages his. He is brilliant at saving and has put away about £15k since we got the new house in 2015. That money now has 2 functions – 1 paying off the T MC (which I will pay back this year) and giving us a 3 month buffer should one of us be made redundant. (The reality is we could actually live off one pay on the basis there would be no childcare costs but it would be tight). Now we have this buffer he is more comfortable throwing all we have at the card debt. With his laser focus I anticipate ending 2020 debt free, all else remaining equal.

    The joint account pays all the household bills – mortgage, insurance, groceries, kids, pets, utilities petrol etc. It does not cover holidays or Xmas although with good management it could make more of a contribution. In the past we have needed to top it up occasionally but that has not been needed since October which is when we started using YNAB. Like many households, groceries are the nemesis of our budget. In the run up to Christmas I had a food inventory and meal planned every week. This worked great and meant we reduced food waste, ate healthier and spent less per week in the supermarket. (For the record ‘groceries’ for us includes pet food and other household consumables like cleaning materials and bin bags.) Eating out and family fun days out are now paid from either my or Hubs’s spending money.

    I have a £500 OD on my personal account. Whilst I did not add to the CC over Xmas, I did use all of my OD, (I actually used the CC then cleared out my account when I got paid last week. This is a massive improvement on previous years where I have done the pay on CC part and then failed to pay it off as I promised myself…).

    The plan for January is to use as little of the OD as possible. YNAB currently says I will only use £50 but I think that might be ambitious. However, moving money out of the OD category on my budget is almost physically painful so I am keeping it there so I am aware of what I am doing.

    In theory I have £700 every 4 weeks to spend on myself. At the moment my SOA looks like this:

    Personal Income £700


    Expenses:
    T MC --------------- £(200)
    Wescot ------------ £( 20)
    Spotify family ---- £( 15)
    Amazon subs ---- £( 24) (Prime, Kindle & Audible)
    Personal care --- £(75) (Qtly hair and waxing, occasional manicure)
    Driving lessons -- £( 135)hoping to pass before summer when I expect this will become car costs
    Food at work ---- £(100) Yes, I know. Will get back on the packed lunch habit ASAP!
    Gifts --------------- £( 60) 1p a day challenge averages to roughly this which pays for all birthdays and my Xmas costs
    Stuff --------------- £( 71) basically anything left gets frittered away


    I will revisit this on 8 Feb when I get paid and work out my surplus for Feb/Mar but, without changing food at work bad habits I work it out at £100. I need to be putting money to one side to get decent clothes for my new job. It is a much more formal workplace than where I am now (which has a Mon-Fri casual dress policy) and I don’t think their casual Friday will run to a band t-shirt, leathers and long boots…


    Right, I think that is enough background info. Next post will be goals and plans!!!
    10/10 for stamina if you read this far…
    Luc x
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 14th Jan 19, 4:50 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 12 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.
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    • Buffythedebtslayer
    • By Buffythedebtslayer 14th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
    OOOO New diary

    Excellent. And you have a workable plan. Also Excellent

    I am so !!!! with money I can't imagine saving 15000 in 3 years.

    I so need to be more grown up..............

    Any how I am here to cheer you on glad you are here XXXXX
    Sealed Pot 12 - 008, 365, 1p a day, 1%, 100 days, Saving to be out of debt!
    • lonelyrat
    • By lonelyrat 14th Jan 19, 9:46 PM
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    Happy new diary Think I will follow suit once I'm settled! Your plans look really well thought out - 2019 won't know what hit it
    Total Debt : ?? / 7266.93
    Weight Loss: ?? kg / 45kg
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 15th Jan 19, 8:51 AM
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    • 15th Jan 19, 8:51 AM
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    • 15th Jan 19, 8:51 AM
    Thanks guys. Feeling a bit exposed but glad I finally took the plunge and got it all out there. I think I was a bit nervous because we do earn plenty and live well. I don't want people to think I am 'playing at MSE' when there are people on here in truly difficult circumstances making tough choices every day. I find these people really inspiring and feel like a bit of a spoiled brat in comparison if I am honest.



    I am so !!!! with money I can't imagine saving 15000 in 3 years.
    Originally posted by Buffythedebtslayer

    I hope you realise this had NOTHING to do with me... I have saved precisely nothing since we moved house (well I saved, but then spent it all at Xmas...)
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • Starmummy
    • By Starmummy 15th Jan 19, 9:04 AM
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    With his laser focus I anticipate ending 2020 debt free.
    Originally posted by Lucifa73
    How absolutely amazing would that be!!!

    I am completely in love with your new laser focus.

    cheering you on from the sidelines

    SM
    debt consolidated 16/8/18 £10,550.05/£12,618.12 (Total debt at LBM 1st Jan '18 c..£19.5k)
    EF/FIT savings £446.69 Other Savings £19.54 House Deposit £3,062.64/£20,000 15.3%
    • Dolly Rocker
    • By Dolly Rocker 15th Jan 19, 10:21 AM
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    Yay to the shiny new diary!

    Dxxx
    DF 2018 £12,754.09 - PIF 30.11.18
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    My RDF £25/£8000 - 0.11%
    Goal Weight 2019 23lbs/91lbs
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    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 15th Jan 19, 3:04 PM
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    Any clever photographer types out there that can tell me what '4:5 aspect ratio in portrait style' means in the context of a security pass photo?
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • natsplatnat
    • By natsplatnat 15th Jan 19, 4:15 PM
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    I believe it is where the width is 4/5ths of the height of the photo...


    simplest example 4cm wide x 5cm high (aka 40mm x 50mm)


    I think passport photos follow this ruling at 3.5cm wide x 4.5cm high.
    Last edited by natsplatnat; 15-01-2019 at 4:17 PM.
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    • Dolly Rocker
    • By Dolly Rocker 15th Jan 19, 5:13 PM
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    Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh sorry no

    Dxxx
    DF 2018 £12,754.09 - PIF 30.11.18
    SPC#13
    My Home Fund £1,400.00
    My RDF £25/£8000 - 0.11%
    Goal Weight 2019 23lbs/91lbs
    14.05.19 - 5 Nationwide Referrals available, PM me for £100 to switch accounts
    • UncannyScot
    • By UncannyScot 15th Jan 19, 7:14 PM
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    Aye, what natsplatnat said ^^^
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 16th Jan 19, 8:10 AM
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    Thank you!

    I am sooooo tired this week. I was in bed for 9 last night and must have fallen asleep almost immediately. Woke up again at half 11 and couldn't get back to sleep so my early night did not pay off I need to catch up on sleep as I am not functioning very well - can't concentrate, being clumsy and no energy. I am feeling old today

    Hubs tried to pay T MC in branch yesterday only to be told he needed TWO forms of identification so he will try again on Thursday. Statement date is 22nd so need to get it done before then.

    Not much else to report really. Happy Hump Day!
    Luc x
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 16th Jan 19, 9:36 AM
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    My lucky day - £18 reduction in CC balance thanks to a refund I had forgotten was due
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • Starmummy
    • By Starmummy 16th Jan 19, 9:47 AM
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    Thanks guys. Feeling a bit exposed but glad I finally took the plunge and got it all out there. I think I was a bit nervous because we do earn plenty and live well. I don't want people to think I am 'playing at MSE' when there are people on here in truly difficult circumstances making tough choices every day. I find these people really inspiring and feel like a bit of a spoiled brat in comparison if I am honest.
    )
    Originally posted by Lucifa73
    I know how you feel on this.

    I worry about talking about all the lovely things we do and the holidays etc as it looks like I am playing at the 'poor me and my debt' card. I worry most people think I might be showing off or something.

    I honestly pinch myself every day thinking how lucky I am and how much my life has changed in the last 5 years. I used to have to choose between food and heat. I got in a lot of debt paying for basics and childcare so I could work hard to give SC a better life. I was on the way to that myself when my knight in shining armour (Mr Star) came along.

    I would never have let myself dream of the life I have now. This is exactly why I have my diary. I want to get rid of the debt from my old life, teach myself to manage money better, become a saver, think ahead, prepare for any eventualities. Insure against the existence I had before.
    debt consolidated 16/8/18 £10,550.05/£12,618.12 (Total debt at LBM 1st Jan '18 c..£19.5k)
    EF/FIT savings £446.69 Other Savings £19.54 House Deposit £3,062.64/£20,000 15.3%
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 16th Jan 19, 10:17 AM
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    Thank you StarMummy. I avoid posting things we have done so people don't think I am showing off which actually makes it pretty hard to keep a diary at all and I do find being on here helps me keep on track.

    Most of our debt is a result of 2 maternity leaves and a period of redundancy just after I had NJ, as well as being stuck with a 2 bed flat we couldn't sell (the rent we got on it barely covered half the mortgage). We bought a beautiful house and PX'd the flat finally in 2015 so now we are not saving for the deposit we are trying to shift debt so we can actually enjoy the money we work so hard to earn.

    I suppose I need to worry less about what others think and just post what I need to post to make this work for me...
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% £400/£2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 16th Jan 19, 10:19 AM
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    I suppose I need to worry less about what others think and just post what I need to post to make this work for me...
    Originally posted by Lucifa73
    Absolutely, it's your diary and you said it's harder to keep track when avoiding putting some things on. You do you
    "The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it"
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