Weave yourself a money-saving web

Conor Pope

The web has changed the world in countless ways. It has also made it easier to save money. Here are 10 of the best sites to help you cut costs


Okay, so, we know that this streaming music website will cost rather than save you money, but it is a whole lot cheaper than buying music in an old-school way and if you are the type who would routinely buy CDs or MP3 then, this is the way to go.

It has around 20 million songs in its catalogue – which should be enough for most ears and is very good value for money. There is a discovery mode which is free but a little limited. The monthly fees range from €4.99 for premium access, which gives you unlimited, ad-free streaming on your PC or Mac, to premium plus which allows access through mobile apps and other devices too at a monthly cost of just €8.99. You can also store music for offline use, which is handy if you are on the move and aren’t too sure what will happen to your data access.


On one level, we absolutely hate DoneDeal and everything it stands for. This hatred is born entirely out of jealously. The Wexford-based husband and wife team who set it up 10 years ago did something Pricewatch has always wanted to do. They found a niche in the online market space, filled it and made a packet.

They had the idea for their classified site when looking for second-hand furniture for their house. They couldn’t find what they wanted online so set up a site where ads had photos and proper descriptions.

You can place up to 10 photographs and video with your ad for a fee of €3. Nearly 100,000 new things are advertised on the site each month, and everything from second-hand tractors to barely worn wedding dresses can be found here. It has new and second-hand clothes, animals, furniture, holidays, concert tickets electrical appliances and cars – lots and lots of cars


Last year, this price-comparison website became the first switching service to be awarded accreditation from the Commission for Energy Regulation for its energy price-comparison section, for which it deserves to be commended. Since launching in April 2010, it has provided energy comparisons to more than 150,000 Irish households, and helped 170,000 people compare personal financial products. Another 100,000 people have used it to research broadband and phone packages. It is hard to say how many of them have actually saved money, but knowledge is power especially when you’re pricing power.


Back in the good old days of the 1980s, when Charvet shirts were in and religious icons moved, there was just one health insurance provider in the market and six different policy options which went from A to E – but most of us just went with B. Today there are four providers who change the names of their policies more often than Charlie Haughey changed his shirts. We now have more than 200 policies to choose from, some of which have the most ridiculous and misleading names.

This choice could be good. Or it could be hideously confusing. Taking out the wrong policy could end up costing a family of four over €1,000 a year. Every year. The health insurance authority website hia.ie helps you make comparisons on your health insurance.

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