Tina and Patrick Part 2
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
A lot has happened since we bought our home with the help of Tessa all those years ago. We are now less than a year away from renewing our mortgage and we have accomplished so much in the last four years.
Patrick proposed to me the day we walked into our home for the first time and after we dried our tears and drank the champagne we knew we would need to visit with Tessa again very soon. And we did, we met with Tessa to figure out how we could have the wedding of our dreams. We made the sacrifices we had to over the next two years in our new home to have the wedding we wanted and to insure we wouldn’t have any debt from it. So unlike most new home owners we didn’t feel the need or pressure to furnish our entire home at once. And as Tessa would say on several occasions all a young couple needs is a bed and a kitchen table. We furnished our home with hand me downs and modest new furniture slowly and when our wedding came and went we were ready for the next stage in our lives without any debt.
Now the wedding was over but the honeymoon continued because we were in such a wonderful place in our lives, newly married, fairly new home owners, so what’s next for us? The answer was clear for both of us; it was time to start a family. So it was time to revisit our finances with Tessa. As a self-employed RMT we knew we needed to save for all the money I wouldn’t be making and discussed with Tessa the benefit of opting into paying EI because it was important to both of us that I could be home with our little bundle the first year. That was step one, step two was still saving to have a little cushion for when baby arrived for any extra expenses that come along with a baby. With all that said and done we knew we could comfortably try to start our family a year after our wedding. And we ended up having the best one year anniversary gift by finding out we were pregnant that very day!
On top of saving and preparing for a baby we like most home owners had things to do around the house we had had a flood but took our time refinishing the basement ourselves to save money and make it work for us. We finished what needed to be done by the fall of 2014 so we could start the nursery for our baby arriving in February 2015 again doing all this without creating any debt because of all of Tessa’s help and the emergency account we had established as soon as we bought our home.
Now our son Kieran is here and 5 months old! Where has the time gone?! Our babymoon has been amazing and fairly stress free because we were mentally and financially prepared for our son. But there is more to do, it is time to get that minivan, so we have literally just met with Tessa to find out what we can afford comfortably and should be able to purchase a brand new car by the fall.
We are so amazed at what we have been able to accomplish with a little sacrifice and hard work. On top of all of these goals that have been reached we have been continually working towards another goal of ours, to be mortgage free by age 40. And with Tessa’s help that goal is becoming more and more attainable with every passing mortgage payment. There is still a lot we want to do both in our home and personal lives. From renovations, to expanding our family again, travelling, saving for Kieran’s education and our own retirement all of which we know we can and will accomplish with all that we have learned from Tessa. Everything has its own account and we have set up automatic transfers so there are no excuses and saving is practically on auto pilot which reduces stress.
I truly believe that part of the reason we have been so successful is our semi-annual financial check-ups we have with Tessa. It makes us accountable and it helps to put everything into perspective. Just like your annual physical with your doctor or cleanings with your dentist or maybe even your regular treatments with your massage therapist you’re able to identify a problem before it becomes a serious concern. So just like preventing high blood pressure, cavities or chronic back pain you’re preventing financial hemorrhaging which can lead to debt.
Patrick and I cannot wait to see what the next four years has in store for us but one thing we are confident in is that debt is not in our future.