It’s time to get our focus back!

You guys are probably sick of reading about our house move by now. I know I’m fed up writing about it! All I want to do right now is get going on the fun part – the decorating. But I have to wait, hopefully just one more week.

Anyway. Financial Freedom and Focus!

Over the last few days/weeks M and I have had a lot of discussions about the future, and where we go from here financially now that the mortgage is gone. We know that our goal timescale for Financial Freedom is ten years, but we’re slightly undecided of the exact financial path we’ll take during those ten years. However for the now we have to have something to work towards and focus on, which means having a set of written down goals. A plan. It’s the only way we can stay focused.

And here’s what we’ve come up with so far. Of course we’ll need to break it down a little every year, but this is exactly what we need to re-focus.

TEN YEAR FINANCIAL FREEDOM PLAN: JULY 2014 – MAY 2024

  • Invested assets at 25% of goal by December 2016
  • Invested assets at 50% of goal by December 2019
  • Invested assets at 75% of goal by December 2021
  • Invested assets at 100% of goal by December 2023
  • M retire from f-t workplace

To help us on our way I’ve done a lot of work on our new budget set up, and organised all of our bank accounts. I’ll talk about this more when I’m back on my computer. (The laptop I’m using right now hardly works and so posting spreadsheets is out of the question lol)

It seems simple enough! Ha! The longest step is the move from 25% to 50% because we’re not starting at zero for the first step. Anyway we’ll see how we go. At least for now we have something to focus on, which was our main aim.

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Mortgage Freedom: July 2014 Update

Mortgage Freedom

JULY 2014 STATS

Original Mortgage: £138,485 (April 2006)
Original term: 300 months (March 2031)
Balance last month: £68,915.24
New Balance: £68,421.32
Paid off to date: £70,063.68
Actual payments left: 192
(Original) Months until goal date: 41 (31st Dec 2017)

50.59% of mortgage debt repaid! 

This should be our final (regular) mortgage payment as we’re due to complete on our house sale in July. It feels very strange to be so close to total debt freedom as I feel like I’ve been paying off some sort of debt for years (and in a way I have!)

August 2014 will be my first full month of debt freedom since about 1985! Pretty much my whole adult life so far! 2005 was the turning point – thank you Money Saving Expert – and then discovering personal finance blogs in 2007 (and starting my own) was the further motivational push I needed.

Yay for pf blogging and the wonderful people who support you as you try to do the (at the time) seemingly impossible. ♥

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Mortgage Freedom: June 2014 Report

Mortgage Freedom

JUNE 2014 STATS

Original Mortgage: £138,485 (April 2006)
Original term: 300 months (March 2031)
Balance last month: £69,406.88
New Balance: £68,915.24
Paid off to date: £69,569.76
Actual payments left: 193
(Original) Months until goal date: 42 (31st Dec 2017)

50.23% of mortgage debt repaid! Woo!!

If all goes to plan with our house move then this should be my penultimate mortgage report. We’re perhaps, by downsizing, cheating a little to achieve mortgage freedom, but it feels like the right thing to do.

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