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Your monthly round-up: September 2018

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Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

We hope you all had a great start to the autumn season and that everyone has their power back after Storm Ali!

Here’s your September bulletin; a quick monthly round-up of the latest news and savings tips from the worlds of energy, broadband, banking and more.

Let’s get to it!

In last month’s bulletin, we advised that now is a great time to switch energy suppliers; i.e. just before those bigger autumn/winter bills start rolling in! In this section, we’ll give you tips on how to get the very best out of your energy supplier switch.

Firstly, did you know something as simple as the way in which you choose to receive your energy bills (by post or by email) could make a significant impact to how much you’re being charged? No? Check out this article on how to choose the best energy deal for you and make sure you’re never caught out again!

Have you ever been tempted by an energy supplier’s cashback offer? Here’s when to know if they’re good value or not.

What about PAYG electricity? If you’ve seen any of PrePayPower’s ads recently, you might be persuaded to think that it’s better value in the long run…but is it?

As always, don’t forget that it’s really important to remember to switch energy suppliers every 12 months. Your pocket will thank you - trust us!

There was a good bit going on in the broadband, phone and TV sector this month - especially for sports fans!

Virgin Media launched its new dedicated sports channel Virgin Media Sport and to celebrate it and sport in general, we took a deep dive into this season’s coming fixtures.

If rugby, soccer or GAA are your thing, check this out. And if you’re more into tennis, golf or athletics, check this one out. Whatever sport gets your blood pumping, we’ve got your back!

There was also some big news this month for TV and movie bingers - Sky Q and Netflix are finally joining forces this November! The partnership will see the creation of Ireland’s newest and biggest on-demand streaming package; Ultimate On Demand. We’re excited!

This month ushered in the new academic year for university students, and so we put together our best student-centric savings tips to help those student budgets go that little bit further!

We also, as we do every year, took a look at the best student current accounts on the market right now in terms of sign-up incentives, fees, banking apps, and student credit card and loan offers among other things.

And once money is sorted, what’s the next most important thing to students? Arguable, but broadband is definitely up there, so here are the best student-friendly broadband packages.

New to the mortgages market? Check out this quick guide to the best rates currently available to first-time buyers.

Did you know that fixed-rate mortgages are growing in popularity? Is it time you switched over?

Average mortgage interest rates in Ireland are quite a bit above the European average and unfortunately, that’s not something that customers have control over. However, there are tons of mortgage customers currently eligible to switch to a lower rate and save themselves potentially thousands on their loans but don’t due to inertia. The question is, just how much could you save by switching?

Looking to brush up on your financial know-how? Here are 10 money terms that everyone needs to know.

Like lists? How about saving money? Check out this list of 7 ways we can help you save money on your bills.

This month, our Head of Communications, Daragh Cassidy featured on WLR FM talking about rising energy costs.

This month, Vodafone brought back its €25 euro sale. Get any combination of broadband, phone and TV for just €25 per month for the first 6 months.

That's all folks!

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