SAVE ENOUGH FOR A HAIRCUT AND BLOW DRY AT PETER MARK
Streaming music on your phone is fare cheaper than actually downloading it. However, Spotify (the big momma in the streaming music space) still isn’t available here, so you won’t be able to get a Nicki Minaj fix, or the latest from Niall Horan and One Direction. Poor you. Streaming services vary wildly in terms of the extent of the music library, how many devices in can be stored on and all that sort of thing. We’re comparing basic packages below. There are plenty of differences in terms of bells and whistles. Eircom music hub is pretty OK for Eircom customers, with Last FM worth checking out too. Apparently some shops still actually sell music! It comes in a little plastic box with a silver disc. How cute.
Best: Deezer €4.99 per month
Avoid: Music Unlimited €9.99 per month
Saving: €60 per year
SAVE ENOUGH FOR CAR INSURANCE ON A MICRA
It now costs slightly more than the entire GDP of Eritrea to fill the petrol tank of even a very small lawnmower. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive price charged for petrol across the country is up to 10c per litre. That’s a fiver a tank! Even filling a normal 50-litre tank once a week at a cheaper station can save you hundreds of euro each year. Prices from pumps.ie on August 28.
Best: Tesco, Tramore, Co Waterford 162.9 per litre.
Avoid: Topaz, Ballyboden, Dublin 171.9
Saving: Per year up to €234
SAVE ENOUGH FOR A DISNEY PINE BABY COT
Bord Gais is cheapish for electricity but woefully expensive for gas. Er… hello? Anyone home? State-owned energy companies Bord Gais and the ESB are rapidly becoming quite evil, as customers get squeezed to pay for big fat marketing budgets or making the semi-state sector even more cosy. Don’t spare the gravy, lads… we’re paying for it. Bord Gais is miles more expensive than Flogas for a family spending €100 per month n standard tariff, paying bydirect debit with ebilling. Flogas is 13 per cent cheaper. Move now!
Best: Flogas Natural Gas direct debit €1,043.46
Avoid: Bord Gais standard €1,200
SAVE ENOUGH FOR A SINGLE BED FUTON
The deals both offer speeds of up to 7.2mb, which is about as fast as swimming in a pool of treacle. The big difference is that Meteor has a data allowance of just 1GB per month, so forget downloading movies. O2 give you five times as much. But we’re looking at the cheapest options here. Year one costs from bonkers.ie also include all the bits of equipment or set-up charges.
Best: Meteor €95.88
Avoid: O2 30-day pass €268.88