I was exploring Pinterest the other evening and found a thoughtful article by Kristina a few years ago at Cents + Order about the questions you should ask yourself before buying your first home. I took some time to ponder them and my answers are below.
I didn’t really know what to post about, afraid that I didn’t have anything interesting to share, but then considering this blog is about our journey to home ownership, this seemed particularly relevant. Sometimes you just have to celebrate the small wins.
When saving up a seriously large amount of money, like a house deposit, you may need to set yourself a few smaller goals along the way. We achieved one of these today by filling one of our Lifetime ISAs for the year. For a reminder of what that is, check my previous post on the topic.
This means that in May some time, the government will top whatever is in the account by 25% which is pretty exciting. There may be a spot of constant balance-checking over that time period!
What next? We’re going to try and fill my husband’s LISA as much as possible before the deadline of the 5th April. And then we begin saving towards the 2018/19 allowance.
Are we disappointed that we haven’t filled both this year? No! There are loads of people who haven’t even opened a regular savings account. so in that respect we’re ahead of the game.
Have you reached a savings milestone this week?
Hello again. I am now back at work full time while my husband stays home to look after our son temporarily (here is some more information about Shared Parental Leave). Receiving my first full pay cheque after several months of maternity pay was a welcome relief and I made sure that we went back into full savings mode. This included a £300 lump sum into the Lifetime ISA and slowly increasing the other regular payments I make into our other savings accounts (for more information about how we’re saving for our house, see my previous post on the topic). One of those accounts is our emergency fund.
So last week, I dipped my toe into the blogging world and wrote my first post explaining how I wanted to document our journey into home ownership. For this post I’m going to go into how we’re saving and the reasoning behind it.