It's time for my Mortgage Payment Plan Kick-Off (Take 2). Paying off my rental house was so much fun that I thought I should do it with my current house. Pre-paying my mortgage seems to be the most motivating and rewarding frugal idea that I have had. I've tried increasing my income but I always seem to spend more money that I make. Paying off my mortgage gives me a month to month goal that I can see and track with my spreadsheet. Also, I can track my expenses daily and make sure that I am staying on budget. If I happen to get any extra income by selling something or a gift, I can re-calculate the plan and watch it get shorter and shorter.
My mortgage balance is $71,120. I made an extra payment of $1,200 for the month of September which brings the total down to $69,818. Only 49 months to go! Hopefully it will be less than 49 months and I especially hope that it won't be MORE than 49 months but I never know what life will bring.
After this mortgage has been paid off and I have an adequate amount in my savings, like $20,000, I hope to be able to rent out this house, quit my job, and live on my other property on the income of my 2 rental houses. I haven't decided if I will turn a shed in to a tiny house or if I will renovate the old mobile home, or maybe both. I have a few years to think about it.