Cherryfudge wrote: »
Thanks for visiting my diary! You've been very productive, especially as you aren't feeling well... hope you are benefitting from the silicol gel, it's not something I've ever heard of before so I'll keep my eyes open for it.
A couple of thoughts: could those lottery monies go into something that actually is guaranteed to give you a return? I'm thinking if you have a mortgage, overpaying even a little bit saves money in the longer term. I can see that it would be more than a bit upsetting if your number came up, though.
Your DD's food bill is amazing! One of my colleagues is also a vegan: she says she feels much healthier now and she's very fit and active. I see you eat dairy and eggs - are the eggs from your chickens? I got a chicken coop last year and the plan is to get chickens this year - though there's now a possible hitch as we're going to be away for three weeks later in the year and DD (our reliable pet sitter) now lives out of town.
Other than that - have you had a look on the Old style boards? They are fantastic for recipes. The one I always end up recommending is a very old one: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=826653&highlight=weazl
enthusiasticsaver wrote: »
The odds of you winning the lottery are so small I would cancel. As you say you have spent £4000 on it which could have gone towards debts or your emergency fund. I would restrict direct debits to just utilities and debts. You seem on the ball with moving them over to your new account. Having a Xmas savings account is a great idea.
117pauline wrote: »
How about checking out your local library to see whether they do emagazines. Mine has over 170 available online.
That way you can have your magazine fix without the pain of paying for the pleasure.
I too have IBS and something called Bile Acid Malabsorption. When I get stressed, the symptoms go haywire. For me, the less processed food I eat, the better I am.
Also is Boots the cheapest place to get your medications? I have a prepayment certificate for my medicines but buy vitamins etc on the net. If the IBS is still bad, talk to your doctor and see if he can prescribe the gel. I found a visit to the nutritionist really helped as she introduced me to the FODMAP diet.
Good luck with the debt-busting
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