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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 1st Jan 17, 3:04 PM
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    New Journey
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    • 1st Jan 17, 3:04 PM
    New Journey 1st Jan 17 at 3:04 PM
    I have been hanging around the diaries for around a month , decided to subscribe a get rid of the debt once and for all. I had a dmp which ended 3 years ago but owing to a drop in salary have managed to get myself in around 5 k debt again. Once I have Jan statements for credit card will be able to tell true figures.

    I have signed up for swag bucks today and done a couple of surveys. Need to do SOA , but not sure how much to put in categories like household repairs for one .

    Any help filling it in gratefully received.
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    • Seasidegal58
    • By Seasidegal58 25th Nov 17, 8:16 PM
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    Hope youíre feeling back to normal Cumbria.

    Good news on the phone!. Iím like SA with the outdated iPhone - mine is a 6!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 25th Nov 17, 9:18 PM
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    Mines a 5
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 25th Nov 17, 9:23 PM
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    The one I have now is a 6 but certainly not taking on a contract for loads of money. £20 was my limit and I ended up with the phone I wanted.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 25th Nov 17, 10:22 PM
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    Good phone deal. Well done
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    • 117pauline
    • By 117pauline 25th Nov 17, 11:19 PM
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    Hi Cumbrian

    The iPad is rather nice to look forward to. And the phone is definitely a good deal.

    I am a bit of a Mardy miss when it comes to black Friday etc. I prefer to celebrate Buy Nothing Day which is always Black Friday.

    We even braved Asda today which shocked my partner as he couldn't believe the increase in prices. I've been out three times this week which has encouraged me, next week will be more. I did suffer for the afternoon though but I did it.

    If yourstomach doesn't feel quite right I would get it checked out now before the holiday chaos. I suffer from IBS and bile acid malabsorbtion. I drink a wallpaper paste powder drink each day which does help some. I've found it is the cumulative effects of additives plus not sticking to a low FODMAP diet that seems to make my problems worse. The FODMAP diet is well worth a look. I need to follow the rules more strictly though.

    Enjoy Sunday, Take care honey
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 26th Nov 17, 7:07 AM
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    Pauline thank you for reminding me about the FODMAP diet, I think I may follow it for a few weeks. The only problem I have is I love fruit bit its on the red list my favourite and yoghurt I love as well.

    Will see how I go on , but I follow a gluten free diet have done for the past 8 years and that has helped enormously, I agree about additives.

    You have been very busy this week three times out , with more to come. I prefer going out in the morning as well . Keep it up .

    Thank you as ever for dropping in .
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 26th Nov 17, 5:20 PM
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    Busy day , shopping £17.52 &£4.40 Petrol £33.99

    Yesterday waxing £11 Hair £20

    Still keeping an eye on the spends , lots more things to pay for before next payday.

    Today out food shopping , prices seem to be climbing at a ridiculous speed , hope things slow down.
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 26th Nov 17, 7:33 PM
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    Need to do a new SOA a couple of things have changed. Plus I am thinking of having a very frugal Jan, Feb to see if I can make a bigger payment these two months.

    Can't believe the weekend is gone again. Next week I am really busy and have friends staying next weekend.
    Nov 2017 CC1 £3329 CC2 £600

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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 26th Nov 17, 9:01 PM
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    Maybe in Jan/Feb you will have council tax free months to help?
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 27th Nov 17, 7:24 PM
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    Need to do a new SOA a couple of things have changed. Plus I am thinking of having a very frugal Jan, Feb to see if I can make a bigger payment these two months.
    Originally posted by Cumbria lass
    i'll be doing the same for Dec, Jan and Feb so you won't be alone...
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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 27th Nov 17, 7:30 PM
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    I think I will need a frugal January and February too after our recent gallivanting about the country and Christmas, otherwise we won't be able to pay our bills .

    I hope you can work out some foods tbat help your tummy. DH and I suffer from IBS but different types; I need lots of roughage and he can't eat too much.
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 27th Nov 17, 9:08 PM
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    Good choice on the contract, I was going to buy outright but like you did the maths and it was cheaper, even before the cashback,
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 28th Nov 17, 1:11 PM
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    CL I LOVE my SE - such a great phone with all the advantages of the 6S without the larger size - just suits me down to the ground. Good maths done there too - I did precisely the opposite when I got mine - switched to SIM only and bought the phone outright as there were no decent contract deals at the time!

    Hope your stomach sorts itself out, but it sounds like a good idea to have a chat with the GP - might be that the Gluten free thing needs a tweak to exclude something else but only getting tests for allergens again will tell you. Pal of mine was having some horrible problems with her skin and was so glad she got allergy tested as it turned up all sorts of things that she'd never have thought of, she's so much better now!

    You mentioned paying for waxing - have you thought of investing in an epilator? They are incredibly good, mine has certainly paid for itself many times over.
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 28th Nov 17, 9:42 PM
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    EE have just been setting up my SE , which is like a military operation as always afraid of doing it wrong. Suffice to say it's all set up and working. Everything has come over so happy with that. Did feel a bit guilty getting into a contract again but seemed a good deal.

    Will be selling old phone , hoping to get at least £150. iPad is at parents for Christmas.

    I will feel better speaking to doctor next week, I am managing ok with it at the moment but doesn't feel quite right. Things are a bit stressful at the minute , nothing dire just lots of balls to juggle , but next week it should calm down ,

    I think you have read my mind as well EE , been looking at epilators , but they look like torture . Will do research and see if I get any money for Xmas or birthday.

    NSD today , which after the day I have had is amazing.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 29th Nov 17, 8:32 AM
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    Glad you feel better. I am also GF but if I eat too many processed foods I suffer. I haven't worked out what in them makes me feel rubbish but going back to basics food wise and eating unprocessed whole foods gets me on track. I can eat a little dairy but sometimes I tip it too far and that affects me too. How does dairy affect you? It is often a culprit...

    Maybe stress is affecting your digestion too. It does mine.

    I hope you get it sorted

    Have a good day
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    • Scott_Weiland
    • By Scott_Weiland 29th Nov 17, 9:37 AM
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    EE have just been setting up my SE , which is like a military operation as always afraid of doing it wrong. Suffice to say it's all set up and working. Everything has come over so happy with that. Did feel a bit guilty getting into a contract again but seemed a good deal.

    Will be selling old phone , hoping to get at least £150. iPad is at parents for Christmas.

    I will feel better speaking to doctor next week, I am managing ok with it at the moment but doesn't feel quite right. Things are a bit stressful at the minute , nothing dire just lots of balls to juggle , but next week it should calm down ,

    I think you have read my mind as well EE , been looking at epilators , but they look like torture . Will do research and see if I get any money for Xmas or birthday.

    NSD today , which after the day I have had is amazing.
    Originally posted by Cumbria lass
    re the old phone check it but i think mazuma and music magpie are on topcashback a bit extra money ontop of the phone sale lol "Every little helps"
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 29th Nov 17, 12:10 PM
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    I've got an epilator. Its painful but not unbearable - like waxing really.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 29th Nov 17, 4:05 PM
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    I find as long as I epilate regularly I get used to it - it's when you get complacent because it's winter and trousers/thick tights season and then suddenly realise you've let them go several months that it's a bit eeky! I do only do legs although I know you can use them for armpits and elsewhere as well - definitely "nowhere north of the border" is my watchword though! Mine is a Brau SilkEpil.
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    • fay66
    • By fay66 29th Nov 17, 5:39 PM
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    Im going the hairy look lol
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 29th Nov 17, 6:36 PM
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    Hairy winter look here
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    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
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