Right so I had to reformat my puter and lost my Oblivian save. I started over and did a few thing diffrent this time.
1) Uncovered the whole map before doing a single mission
2) Colected 100 nirnroot before going to the guy
3) Did the arena at low levels (still have to do the Gray Prince mission before I do him in.
4) Alchemy !! I am a master and can make a potion out of just one ingreediant. When I was spending the last week running all over the world I stopped and picked every plant I saw. I also bought as many ingreediants as I could at the mage guilds, traders, inns and alchemy shops. Can say cash cow? Making potions nets you lots of cash and levels up the alchemy skill quickly. You will be a master in no time! I just got done spending an hour selling over 600 potions one at a time to level up the merchantile skill too. I made over 13000 gold. I dont have a set of master alchemy tools yet but when I do I'll be able to make even more money and better potions. I didn't sell the health potions because I need them
Just thought I'd share.