Skip to comments.Dave Says Go Cheap on Date Night
Posted on 04/16/2013 8:48:10 AM PDT by Altariel
Is there ever a time you should dip into emergency fund savings in order to pay off your home early?
The only time I would advise this is when your emergency fund is too big, and you have a very small amount left to pay on the house. Keep in mind that your emergency fund should be three to six months of expenses, not three to six months of income. Besides, paying off the house doesnt fall into the category of an emergency. The fact that you have to pay for your house doesnt catch anyone by surprise.
I understand it can be very tempting to throw a bunch of money at your house, get rid of the mortgage payments, and own it outright. But I wouldnt drain my emergency fund to make it happeneven if it meant being completely debt-free sooner. Life happens, and the moment you write that big check and weaken your emergency fund, the central unit will go out, the roof will spring a leak, or youll have major repair issues with a vehicle.
When you do things like that, youre just begging for Murphy to come visit. And thats not my definition of financial peace!
My husband and I have a baby and are trying to live on a budget and pay off about $14,000 in debt. He wants to spend $100 a month for a date night, but I think this is too much under the circumstances. Im a stay-at-home mom right now, and after taxes he makes about $3,200 a month. What do you think?
You win on this one. If youd told me you guys make $150,000 a year, then Id say he was being completely reasonable. But with your income and a lot of debt to boot, it sounds like hes just looking for an outlet to spend some money. The good thing is youre working together and beginning to take this personal finance thing seriously. Youre just a little bit apart on the particulars in this area.
I think you back this amount down to $40 or $50 for now. Thats plenty for a reasonable dinner and perhaps a baby sitter for a couple of hours. If you have family or friends nearby, you might not have to figure baby-sitting expenses into the equation at all. Keep in mind, too, that going out on a date doesnt have to mean spending money. Years ago, when my wife and I were broke, we did tons of stuff that didnt cost a dime. Picnics in the park or a pretty hike through the woods are great ways to spend time together while keeping the pocketbook in your pocket.
Be creative and make sure you find ways to have us time on a regular basis. But youre right on this one, Ashley. You can go out and have plenty of fun together without spending a lot of money!
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lol...what’s a ‘date night’? Oversized sweat pants and fixated for hours with texting?
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Eating at home, one can have a decent meal for somewhere in the $1 to $5 range per serving. But then someone at home would have to be interested in the art of keeping a home.
IMHO, I find a meal at home far more appealing than 99% of the so-called restaurants out there.
A 10-year old once observed the truth: “these people want to eat out because they don’t have to do the dishes”.
Remember to save a bunch of money for retirement you all so Obama can say that if you were able to live on less before, you will be able to live on far less in retirment and take what you have.
Is there ever a time you should dip into emergency fund savings in order to pay off your home early
Pay off the mortgage.
When our home got down to around $30,000 we took some of our emergency funds and paid it off.
We then took the mortgage money and returned it to our savings account.
A few years later when I was let go from my job at 59 it was not a major disaster. With no rent or home payments our living expenses were modest.
I went on SS as soon as eligible. A roof our our head is around $100 (taxes and maintenance). We would not be able to find a cheap apartment for that money.
(Oh, the idea that mortgage interest is tax deductible is not always a win win situation. We looked into it before we paid off the house and discovered standard deductions were just as good).
Dave can’t possibly answer her question without knowing what her expenses are. $3k a month is a nice tidy income. What’s her living budget and how much are they contributing to taking down the debt? If she doesn’t have an amount set aside in the budget for entertainment/date nights, then they need to re-evaluate things. If they set aside $100 for entertainment that month, then go on the date. If their entertainment allowance is less than $100, then they opt for McDonald’s or stay home and there’s no reason to ask Dave anything.
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I have to admit that I did take money out of my emergency fund to pay off my house, however I made sure that after the payment that I was left with at least 3 months worth of expenses (minus the house payment) left in the account. I figured that without a house payment, then my EF could be reduced and still meet the guidelines of the baby steps.
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But 3-6 months of living expenses will be much smaller with the house paid off. If you forget to correct for that you’ll wait longer than necessary to make the leap. The other thing though, is that you’re paying so little interest in the last year or so of the loan, there’s hardly any gain in raiding the EF and paying it off earlier. I think the last year of my loan I’m going to pay $200 or something in interest the entire year.
That's exactly right. Once you're even near the threshold where the standard deduction is competitive, why would you do anything other than try to eliminate paying the interest in the first place? Even if your interest IS high enough to deduct, isn't it better to keep a dollar of your own money than it is to get 30 cents back on your taxes, at the cost of extra time and paperwork?
Actually a date night can be a real advantage. It is a chance to have a bit of time without the dishes, diapers and dirt- to share interests that tend to get buried in the process of raising a family. If you think oversized sweat pants and texting is it, oh my.
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lol...I believe in it, for the reasons you’ve stated. The Mrs., not so much.
Never mind, ignore my earlier ping.
A good point, but if you can afford to do it without entirely draining the EF, I'd pay off the mortgage, put the amount I was contributing to the mortgage back into the EF, and pay myself that $200 in interest. I did a similar thing the last time I had a car payment. When I paid the car off in 2000, I just kept putting the car payment into a savings account every month. In 2009, when I got ready to buy another car, I paid cash, and still had a decent amount in the savings account.
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