March 2018 – Mortgage Payoff Update

At the end of March, our remaining payoff balance is at 17.73% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.19%.

How much longer until the mortgage payoff?

Once all of February’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $2971 this month. That brings our balance to just above $24k. According to our schedule, we have 5 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on September 1, 2018.

We didn’t have anything extra of significance to throw at the mortgage this month, just some small amounts here and there.

I’ve had some projects wrap up with my side business and have gotten paid for them. That’s how we’ve been able to cut off an extra payment. In order to reach the September 1 deadline, we were going to have to use some money from savings. From this point forward, anything extra we throw at it over what is planned, will reduce what we take out of savings to achieve the September 1 goal. Once we don’t need anything from our savings, then we’ll work towards cutting off an extra payment.

Budget Series

I’ll be publishing an update on this soon!

February 2018 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of February, our remaining payoff balance is at 19.92% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 3.46%.

How much longer until the mortgage payoff?

Once all of February’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $4713 this month. That brings our balance to just above $27k. According to our schedule, we have 7 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on October 1, 2018.

We made significant progress this month thanks to a small tax refund and we kept our spending in check so we were able to put the full amount we plan on each month towards it.

We’ve had a project put on hold with my business, but nothing that can’t be made up with a new project or two. Once a project or two wraps up, we should be able to cut another payment off and be done by the beginning of September.

Budget Series

I haven’t forgotten about this, but the side business has kept me pretty busy. The next category I’ll be covering in the budget series is still going to be about gifts.

January 2018 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of January, our remaining payoff balance is at 23.39% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 3.01%.

How much longer until the mortgage payoff?

Once all of January’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $4086 this month. That brings our balance just below $32k. According to our schedule, we have 8 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on October 1, 2018.

We’ve been plugging away pretty steadily this month at the mortgage. We were given an unexpected gift that we applied. It helped to get us back on track and give us a bit of buffer room.

Any extra money that we’re finding is going towards the debt. Now that Christmas is behind us, the number of unexpected expenses has dropped a bit and should make it easier for us to stick to the budget.

On a positive note, several things are happening with my software consulting business, Adro Solutions. As different projects are added to the pipeline, completed, invoiced and paid, we may be paying it off sometime this summer!

Also, Julie has started a new business. I’ll hopefully have more information on that soon as well! Exciting times in our house.

Budget Series

The next category I’ll be covering in the budget series is about gifts. Do we budget enough?

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December 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of November, our remaining payoff balance is at 26.40% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 0.66%.

How much longer until the payoff?

Once all of Decembers’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $895 this month. We successfully got the mortgage just below $36k by the end of the year. According to our schedule, we have 10 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on November 1, 2018.

We reached our safe amount of padding in our savings account, so extra money each month will now go straight to the mortgage. We’re going to be pushing it kind of close to make the November 1 deadline, but I have a plan.

I’ve increased my goal of how much I’d like to bring in from side work. I also plan on ramping up selling items on eBay and Amazon this year. I’ve done this  in the past with various levels of success, but I think with proper coaching and guidance I will bring in $1000 a month.

This is important because we’ve already planned a celebration vacation in December which means we’ll need to save up extra to pay for that as well. I believe it’s all possible, it’s just a matter of planning and getting there.

Budget Series

I haven’t forgotten about the budget series and the personal care category. I’ll hopefully have an update for you on that soon.

November 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of November, our remaining payoff balance is at 27.06% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.14%.

How much longer until the payoff?

Once all of October’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $2910 this month. We are on track to be below $36k by the end of the year, which was the goal we set earlier this year. Like I said before, we’ve made some temporary adjustments to our payoff schedule. If we kept our accelerated schedule, we’d have 11 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on November 1, 2018.

This month, I had some extra money come in from side work which helped us to boost the payoff a bit more. Once we’ve got a reasonable padding in our savings account, I plan on putting anything extra directly towards the house again. The padding should be built up by the end of December at the latest. After that, we’ll be making much larger payment against the principal.

Budget Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is personal care. What is “personal care”?

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October 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of October, our remaining balance is at 29.20% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of .64%.

How much longer?

Once all of October’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $873 this month. We finally crossed the $40k mark and are slowly working towards $30k. Like I said last month, we’ve made some temporary adjustments to our payoff schedule. If we kept our accelerated schedule, we’d have 12 payments left. That means our mortgage will be paid off on November 1, 2018.

Last month, we started saving up money for some potential changes in the future. In order for us to have a reasonable idea on a potential mortgage payoff date, I’m determining the payoff date based on if we applied all the money we’ve saved up “just in case” and added any extra money that should be coming in from other sources over the next 12 months. I have to be pretty certain that the money is going to come or else I don’t add it.

Budget Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is entertainment. Everyone needs to have some fun money, but how much do you really need?

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September 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of September, our remaining balance is at 29.84% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of .64%.

How much longer?

Once all of September’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $870 this month. We didn’t reach $40k like we had hoped by October 1. We’ve made some temporary adjustments to our payoff schedule that I’ll explain below. Right now, we’ve got 42 payments left with the adjustments we made. That means our mortgage will be paid off on April 1, 2021.

You might be wondering why the extension in time and increase in the number of payments. Essentially, we’re preparing for a potential transition in the future. We don’t know all the details on what it will be yet, but we’re preparing anyhow. One way of preparing is by piling up some extra cash. Once we’re through this time, we’ll take all the extra and apply it back to the mortgage. At that point, it will hopefully wipe out the rest of the mortgage or get us very close. For that reason, our large payments will be reduced for the next several months.

Budget Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is clothing. How much do you spend on clothing each month? What all does clothing cover? It sounds like an easy one, but we include some items in that category you may not think about.

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August 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of August, our remaining balance is at 30.48% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.22%.

How much longer?

Once all of August’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $3020 this month. We’re marching towards $40k and will be there by October 1. We’ve only got 14 payments left! That means our mortgage will be paid off on November 1, 2018.

If you’ve followed this series each month, you might be wondering why we’re still at 14 payments and the payment date has been pushed back. I had originally planned on teaching a class at a local community college this fall. However, due to circumstances beyond my control (you wouldn’t believe them if I told you), I wasn’t allowed to teach the class. They’re going to try to correct the issue so I can in the future but hopefully, the mortgage will be paid off by then.

I had to put those adjustments into the forecast which pushed things back another month and added the payment back on. In addition, we started homeschooling this fall with our two daughters. That means they are involved in activities which have an extra cost. I’ve had to trim back the mortgage payoff by a slight amount ($115 a month) to fund those activities. Unfortunately, that means the margin we had to make sure that we don’t add any extra payments has dissolved. I’m hoping to recover it in the next few months by picking up more side work.

Budget Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is restaurants and dining out. Everyone likes eating out, but how much is too much? What do we consider dining out versus groceries? You’ll learn soon in the next blog post.

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July 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of July, our remaining balance is at 32.7% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.32%.

How much longer?

Once all of July’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $3158 this month. We’re marching towards $40k and will be there by October 1. We’ve only got 14 payments left! That means our mortgage will be paid off on October 1, 2018.

Luckily, these numbers are all using conservative estimates so it should happen unless something tragic or extraordinary occurs. I’ve also started doing travel planning as a way of bringing in extra income and doing something I enjoy (talking about Disney). You can get more information here: https://www.facebook.com/AdamOUAV/ I’d be happy to help you plan your next vacation.

New Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is fuel. It doesn’t sound exciting, but might be of interest to many of you.

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June 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of June, our remaining balance is at 35.02% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.21%.

How much longer?

Once all of June’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $3002 this month. We’re finally below $50k and marching towards 40k. We’ve still got 15 payments left! That means our mortgage will be paid off on October 1, 2018.

I recalculated everything to make them a bit more conservative. Unfortunately, that adds one more month. However, we should be able to more easily reach this deadline. Before we were really stretching it and didn’t have a lot of flexibility for when other things come up.

New Series

I’ll be posting a new series soon that covers our budget. My guess is that there are questions out there about how we’re paying off our mortgage so quickly and being able to still live life in general. When we started budgeting, we did a lot of research trying to figure out how much other people were budgeting for different categories. Hopefully it will give some insight to everyone who reads about it.

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