SAVE ENOUGH FOR A YEAR'S FEES AT FLYEFIT GYM
Need your Premier League? Addicted to all sorts of sports? Until now the only way you could really get a good dose of top football at home was with Sky Sports. But all that changed this week when Setanta came barrelling back into the fray with clutch of new channels and 71 Premier League games, most of which will be shown on the newly added BT Sports channels. BT Sports coughed up a spectacular £246m to show their share of the games, and they’ve managed to get 18 top picks – right up there with Sky’s 20. Sure, the clubs are probably already buying new players with all that cash, but the good news for football fans is that UPC only wants €16 per month to watch them in action on Setanta Premium.
Best: Setanta Premium on UPC €16
Avoid: Sky Sports €34
SAVE ENOUGH FOR A WEEK-LONG SEPTEMBER CRUISE ON THE MED THROUGH SUNWAY.IE
Gyms are notoriously expensive, but we still flock to them every year to whiz the legs off ourselves at Spinning or bash away at BoxFit just to lose a few pounds in time for the summer. Sticking with it is a lot of work, but if it gets our bodies ready for the beach, then the cost and sweat are worth it. Of course, now that we’ve spun off the extra pounds, could it be time to say bye-bye to the gym altogether? Well, maybe… but for those of us that want to keep it up, there are some good alternatives to the big pricey clubs. Especially since Ireland’s best known fitness guru and former supermarketeer started opening gyms all over the place.
Best: Ben Dunne Gym €189 per year
Avoid: David Lloyd €1,177 per year
SAVE ENOUGH FOR A LAST MINUTE ENTRY TO THE DUBLIN ROCK N ROLL HALF MARATHON
Paying for mortgage protection is a bit like getting a malaria jab before a tropical holiday. If you’re going to take one, you’re going to need the other. The thing about mortgage protection though, is that it’s an unpleasant little jab that you need to have every month, so if you can find a way to minimise the pain, it’s definitely worth giving it a go. And if your bank flogged your protection to you when they sold you your mortgage, you’re almost definitely paying way too much.
Quotes based on a 42 year old male with €200,000 left on the mortgage.
Best: Smartquotes.ie €170.41 per year
Avoid: Irish Life €223.68
SAVE ENOUGH FOR AN ANGLER'S WEIGHING SCALES AT ALDI
The days are long gone when you could pack a Ford Escort with everything you need for two weeks away and still pile Mam, Dad and half a dozen kids in there too. With all the safety gear you’ve got to have nowadays, you'd be hard pressed to fit more than two kids into the back of your SUV. We do still love our road trips though. Even if our cars are bigger and our families are smaller than they used to be.
One thing certainly hasn’t changed though. We’re still getting seriously swizzed on the price of petrol. It’s why we all started driving diesel cars. And then they went and taxed the daylights out of that stuff too. So with thousands of us striking off all over the country this month, we’d be as well to find the cheapest fill-ups that we can. Prices vary like crazy though, so if you’ve got enough in the tank to go a little further, it can be well worth it. We’re looking at Cork prices because the Whitegate refinery might be for the chop soon.
Best: Petrogas Brooklodge diesel 145.8 cent
Avoid: Topaz New Cork Road dielse 155.9 cent
Saving: €6.66 on a 60 litre fill up
Simon Moynihan is co-founder and communications director at price comparison and switching service bonkers.ie