Feeling very good today. I received my first paycheque since paying of the student loan and receiving the 3% rise. I didn’t allow myself to get too excited until the money was actually received but now it feels very good. Take home pay now after pension, childcare vouchers and season ticket loan is £3,218.31. This is up almost £500. But there are still multiple expenses which over the coming 24 months or less can and will be removed to increase this.
Currently my monthly budget if stuck to, and I’ve only done that once in the last year, has me having a surplus £532.15 per month.
We’ve booked a foreign holiday (it was one of our 2016 aims) which will need to be paid for over the next few months, plus using up our savings but after that should quickly be able to stockpile some money.
Because we’re close to actually having money to save I’ve also been looking at how and where to save. I have minimal invested in shares and considered buying an index tracking ISA, but have decided upon one of the 6% regular savings accounts instead. These are ideal as we do not, yet, have a large sum of money and wil instead be adding monthly and the interest rate is great. To get this will involve another bank transfer, this time to M&S but I’m very used to that – been moving around all over the place to get hold of free cash incentives over the last 18 months.
What really excites me now though is that this is the start. For the past 2/3/4 years I’ve been thinking and planning and noting when we’ll actually start to have money. We have multiple avenues where we’re spending money currently which will be removed in the coming 2 years.
- Student loan = £330 a month
- Childcare vouchers = £80 net a month = only until son is old enough for the free lessons, 6 months left.
- Total surplus should rise to £600~
- Credit card = £120 a month = only £2k left, expect complete no later than 12 months’ time.
- Total surplus should rise to £720~
- Tax. Currently paying about £130 per month in repayments = 8 months left.
- Total surplus should rise to £850~
- House loan = nearly £300 a month = 24 months left max.
- Total surplus should rise to £1150
Now we just need to start sticking to the budget more regularly, do all we can not to increase spending in line with saving and also save up for things ahead of spending, such as the holiday.