Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Changes in priorities

The EFG has been diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance, so we are giving a high protein, low carb and sugar free diet a try. This is having a little impact on the grocery budget, and the fuel budget in the short term whilst we are travelling more often to appointments here, there and everywhere.

The other thing that we have to think about is that the EFG really would like to go to Sixth Form in Cambridge, which is not our local opportunity. That means that we get no help whatsoever with the travel costs. Her options are four hours a day on various buses, or a daily hour and 10 minutes on a train and a shuttle bus from the station to the college. The bus is half the price of the train, but I can't in all honesty force her to spend that many hours on a bus each day - she would be exhausted, and lose hours of valuable time. So, I am looking at £1880 a year for a season ticket for two years. Luckily, I'd get a couple of years' respite before the YFG would be needing the same, I should think.

So there is now going to be a major revamp of the budget, and once this year's holiday is paid for, the savings will be directed towards a travel fund...

4 comments:

Wannabe Sybil said...

lots and lots and lots of hugs. WS x

Thrifty Household said...

We're also struggling with a v strict dietary intake list here...it means a whole shift in cooking habits which is proving to be a real challenge!
Good luck with the 6th form college situation...

mallowlark said...

Oh dear, that's difficult. Hopefully it will bring good changes in the long term, though.

Four hours on a bus would be very hard, particularly as it's harder to make good use of time on a coach than on a train. Any chance that the college has any discretionary funds? I know some friends have found that it's cheaper for them to buy advance tickets as far in advance as possible, especially with a railcard, instead of a season ticket, though of course then you have to catch a particular train.

saving for travel said...

Hope you get some support and help.

Good luck.

Sft x