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If your keen to pay off the mortgage as soon as possible, there are heaps of experts recommending ways to do it. Most strategies work pretty well, but here are two super simple tips you can use straightaway to lose that debt asap!
Paying a Little Extra
This is probably the most simple, and best known way to reduce that debt. If you want to see how much impact even a small extra payment can make then have a play with this mortgage calculator and see how adding a little extra to your principal here and there can shorten the length of your home loan. Try a few different extra amounts, find one that suits your budget (and is sustainable) and go for it.
Quick tip - if your weekly payment is $551 (for example) round this up to $560. You probably won't miss the extra $9 and it could knock years off the lifetime of the loan.
Paying a bit more principal also gives you an added bonus. As your principal amount gets lower more of every payment from then on is directed to the principal amount, and less is used to cover interest expenses. Double whammy!!
Increase The Payment Frequency
Fortnightly payments take advantage of the fact that there are 52 weeks and 12 months in the year. If you pay half your normal monthly mortgage payment amount every fortnight, you'll make 26 'half-payments', which is the equivalent of 13 full monthly payments, by the end of the year. So, in effect you'll pay 13 instead of 12 months.
The difference this makes can be huge. As an example, on a $250,000 mortgage over 30 years with interest at 6% you will save $62,847 just by moving to fortnightly payments. Plus you'll knock 5 and a half years off the term! Use the mortgage calculator here to see how much it could save you.
Both of these tips are super easy to set up, and take no time at all. Reaching the end of a 30 year mortgage term can seem like such a faraway goal to a lot of us that apathy often takes over and we just do nothing about it.
don't be like everyone else - do something about it!
For more tips and ideas check out our blog each week. We'll have videos, and articles to help you save time, save money and get the most out of your finances.
TIPS AND STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE TO NEGOTIATE THE SALARY YOU DESERVE
Whether you are looking for a new job, or are feeling a bit undervalued in your current role, using the right strategies to secure the income you deserve is a vital skill to hold.
All too often employees and job candidates enter discussions with employers woefully under prepared to counter the objections you will invariably face. Time to fix that!
Ramit Sethi (author of 'I Will Teach You To Be Rich') has put together a short video that is packed with tips, ideas and strategies that you can employ in your future discussion.
Check it out below.
Take 15 mins out of your day to watch the video - it could be worth literally thousands of dollars to you!
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The tip below is a real tip. The person that wrote this was serious!...
If your idea of a good time is freezing your bits off in the shower each morning then go for it! More power to you. Why not really go for it and bathe in the local river? You'll save loads!..
Sorry - being super 'frugal' (read 'tight') will save you a few dollars over time, but who wants to put themselves through this misery when there are far more effective, and less painful, ways to achieve much better results.
Do you know why the 'saving a little' by 'doing without' never works long term? It's something called will power. No one has it...If I tell you you can save $18,000 over 10 years by going without a flat white every day how long could you manage that for? If you're anything like most Wellingtonians you'll maybe last until tomorrow...The chances of you doing this for 10 years? Zip. Zero. Zilch...
So how do you make big savings without the pain?
Simple - you target the right areas. Over to Ramit Sethi to explain how you achieve this.
Making the maximum savings requires a focus on the big wins, not the piddly little amounts that you spend every other day. Go for the big companies, and the ones that can afford to discount their services (which they are probably over charging you for!)
Follow the steps outlined in Ramit's video, and you will start saving in no time. And you can still have that coffee each morning!
For tips and ideas on how you can save on your mortgage contact Brian here.
To read Ramit's blog post (which inspired this post) please click here
Brian MacLean looks into tips, ideas and strategies you can use to get ahead financially..