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Image Your monthly round-up: November 2018
Image Robyn Hamilton
Staff Writer

Pockets feeling a little lighter after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Or maybe you’re one of the supporters of #GreenFriday, a new counter movement to Black Friday, encouraging consumers to take a step back from spending and enjoy a walk out and about in nature.

Whatever you’ve been up to, here’s your November bulletin; a quick monthly round-up of the latest news and savings tips from the worlds of energy, personal finance and more that you might have missed out on!  

Let’s get to it!

Unfortunately, November brought yet more bad news for energy customers during the cold winter season.

In the last few months, we’ve seen Flogas, Pinergy and Panda Power hike their prices for a second time in 2018, and this month saw SSE Airtricity and Energia follow suit.

SSE Airtricity will increase its electricity prices by 6.3% and its gas prices by 6.9% from December 3rd, while Energia is holding off introducing its increases until January 1st, when it will raise electricity prices by 5.5% and gas prices by 6.3%.

On the other hand, Ireland’s largest energy supplier, Electric Ireland, has pledged to freeze electricity and gas prices this winter, to “protect customers from the impact of rising energy costs for the heavy energy usage winter months.” Glass half full?   

With imminent price increases, now is the perfect time to switch suppliers if you haven’t done so within the last year. It’s still the quickest and easiest way to make an average saving of close to €300.

Given that we’re less than a month away from Christmas now, we thought now would be a great time to shine a spotlight on budgeting and money-saving tips!

Looking for some easy and intuitive ways to keep track of your budgeting in the run up to Christmas? Check out these 5 super money management apps to suit every budgeting need!

You’ve got to spend money to… save money? This month we investigated 7 items you can buy that will actually save you money in the long term - and we daresay quite a few of them will make for nice Crimbo prezzies! No time to read? Check out the video version.

Looking for ways to access credit in the run up to Christmas and finance your spending? Here’s 7 ways to finance your Christmas splurge.

We’re very excited to announce that this month also saw the opening of nominations for next year’s National Consumer Awards, taking place in the Round Room at The Mansion House on February 7th, 2019.

Once again, legendary Joe Duffy will MC a night celebrating excellence in consumer-facing organisations in Ireland that love to go above and beyond for their customers. The closing date for entries is Friday, December 21st at 5pm. Apply now!  

We saw quite a few great Black Friday deals this month, which have unfortunately now expired. However, SSE Airtricity is still offering its great Smart Home Bundle deals which represent great value to anyone interested in Smart home technology.

Sign up to its 10% discounted dual fuel or electricity-only bundle and get a FREE Climote, Amazon Echo and an Amazon Echo Dot or Spot! Not bad!

That's it for this month!

We hope you enjoyed Your November Bulletin. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover on our blog, just tweet us your suggestions.

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