Making Cents: Consumer guide to entering PcP car loan contracts

Next Monday is July 1, meaning the start of 192 car registrations.

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Making Cents: Planning for the worst will help you relax abroad

With school holidays underway, many families around Ireland are currently preparing for their annual summer break. Although making the to-do list can feel longer ...

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Making Cents: Guidelines for contract of care at residential homes

‘The decision to move into residential care is usually taken in stressful circumstances.”

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Making Cents: Package-free shop is good for the pocket and planet

When it comes to taking action on the environment, a counter argument frequently put forward is that the cost is too high for individuals and families.

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Making Cents: Employees have tax incentive to work from home

The number of people working from home appears to be on the rise in Ireland and this is good for the environment.

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Making Cents: Help protect the planet and occupy the kids

Last week I wrote about ways parents can limit waste during their child’s early years

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Making Cents: Bringing up baby the sustainable way

Becoming a parent can be a trigger for people to start thinking about living in a more sustainable way, as we are discussing all month in the Irish Examiner.

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Making Cents: Teaching the little ones the value of money

With First Communion season in full swing, the money experts at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) believe parents should use this opportunity ...

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Making Cents: Time to deep retrofit energy use in your house

The efficient use of energy is one of the core tenets of sustainability as a way of life, and in a recent column I highlighted the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) ...

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Making Cents: State grants for renewable energy lead to savings

THE change in the clocks and the resulting long evenings have many of us contemplating paint jobs or other home improvements; sunshine really highlights areas in ...

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Making Cents: Buyers all charged up about electric driving options

Gráinne McGuinness delievers more consumer advice.

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Making Cents: Thousands have inadequate health insurance cover

Next month marks four years since then-Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) into the health insurance market, in order to ...

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Making Cents: Consumers have more options with An Post

When it comes to environmental issues, from single-use plastics to water wastage, consumers are regularly told the solution is in their own hands, Gráinne ...

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Making Cents: Making their day special without breaking the bank

It is only a matter of weeks before churchyards around Ireland will be filled with adorable children in white dresses or suits. With First Holy Communion season ...

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It’s in your best interest to figure out credit card rates

A recent survey suggested Irish people don’t understand how their credit cards work, certainly not as well as they ideally should.

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Making Cents: Stub it out and save yourself a fortune

Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness.

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Making Cents: A dream wedding or an expensive nightmare?

There is much joy in planning a wedding, but Celina Murphy, deputy editor at Irish online wedding magazine One Fab Day, says it can also be stressful, writes Gráinne ...

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Mature students should start on grant applications

With CAO applications submitted since the start of the month, Leaving Cert students are turning their focus to their upcoming exams and getting the points they need ...

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Making Cents: You don’t have to say ‘I do’ to a costly wedding

IT is Valentine’s Day on Thursday, when many Irish couples turn the love in the air into a concrete decision to get married. Factor in the Christmas and New ...

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Landmark Cork bar to close after over 40 years

Popular Cork city bar The Sextant is to close its doors next week, bringing to close decades of hospitality on Albert Street.

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Making Cents: These boots are made for selling all your old stuff

Whether it was Marie Kondo’s influence or an early start on an annual spring clean, you now have a heap of stuff that needs to go. The question is, how can ...

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Making Cents: Car insurance travelling in the right direction

There was some good news for motorists in the most recent CSO statistics, with insurance prices to December 2018 reported to have fallen 7% on the previous year, ...

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Making Cents: ‘Debt can be managed better with goal-setting’

Last week, Brendan Bartley of health and wellbeing consultants Spectrum Wellness offered advice for individuals and households on how to deal with post-Christmas ...

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Making Cents: Be smart and make financial planning a must-do task this year

After what seemed like a very long Christmas (Christmas Eve feels like a month ago) January is upon us. That brings positives, many people love the clean slate of ...

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Making Cents: Planning for your financial future

Most of us in Ireland have the means to cover day to day costs and current commitments but a worryingly high number still struggle and most of us could do better ...

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This Cork home has fine view for foodies

If you think this Kinsale house has fab views (it does) wait til you see the kitchen writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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Big and beautiful Limerick home is perfect for family life

This large and beautifully- finished home is only a short drive from Limerick city, and has every amenity you’d want for a growing family, writes Gráinne ...

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Plenty of room at €895,000 Carrigrhu House in Cobh

A large old residence overlooking Cork Harbour is several properties in one, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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Making Cents: Check your home before severe storms hit

The last week has been a reminder of the potential for damage brought by winter storms.

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Making Cents: Shopping can be a more rewarding experience

Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness

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Making Cents: Tips on how to stay out of the red this Black Friday

I doubt you need me to tell you that Black Friday is taking place at the end of this week.

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Making Cents: How to save on your energy bills

"Depending on the supplier, the recent energy price increases over the past few months have added up to €255 to the average customer’s annual gas and ...

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Making Cents: Cashing in money for contactless payments?

In Ireland, most of us are just getting used to contactless payments, and are perhaps distrustful.

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Never too early to start planning for the festive season

I don't want scare anyone, and I apologise in advance for bringing up the C-word, but it is now just over 100 days until Christmas. I am not one of those lunatics ...

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Making Cents: Plenty of free online courses to fire imagination

From junior infants in their spanking new uniforms to third-level students returning after a summer of travel, there is no getting away from the back-to-school feeling ...

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Making Cents: SUSI grant is not the only financial help for students

Gráinne McGuinness offers some consumer advice for college students.

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Making Cents: Real savings for mortgage holders

Gráinne McGuinness offers more consumer advice, this week for mortgage holders.

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Making Cents: Lower electricity costs now but winter on the way

When the weather broke over the last 10 days, social media was full of references to people considering thestrangest of activities: turning the heating on.

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Making Cents: Play it smart and reduce cost of running the car

According to the AA’s recent survey of motoring costs, the average cost of running a family car for a year is €10,691.37.

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Making Cents: Shop around to pick up right life insurance for you

There are many reasons why lots of people don’t have all the financial products and cover which advisers recommend

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Cork coast has potential to become billion-dollar enterprise as hunt for oil intensifies

Drilling for oil off the Cork coast has the potential to become a billion-dollar enterprise in the coming years, with enormous benefits for employment in the region. ...

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Making cents: Leave some devices at home when on holiday

If you have a holiday coming up, you may have great plans to chuck all devices out the window and have a relaxing internet-free break.

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Making Cents: Travel insurance will really lessen the stress load

Many Irish air passengers will have felt a flutter of nerves last week when news broke that airlines were cancelling a number of flights to and from France as a ...

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