Making cents: Is it ever ok to lie to your partner about money?

Making cents: Is it ever ok to lie to your partner about money?

A recent consumer survey released by digital bank N26 offered some insights into how Irish people communicate and deal with their finances within their relationships. ...

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Making Cents: Take a deep breath and start to tackle finances after Covid-19 crisis

Making Cents: Take a deep breath and start to tackle finances after Covid-19 crisis

Financial advise with Grainne McGuinness

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Making Cents: First-time father? Time to reassess your finances as a new parent

Making Cents: First-time father? Time to reassess your finances as a new parent

Congratulations to all the dads who will be celebrated by their loved ones on Sunday and most particularly to those experiencing Father’s Day as a father for ...

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Turning the community green: How groups can help their areas save while contributing to national energy targets

Turning the community green: How groups can help their areas save while contributing to national energy targets

With an ever-increasing focus on the need for green energy and sustainability in how we live our lives, I have written numerous times about initiatives to help individuals ...

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Making Cents: Working out if you will face a tax bill because of Covid-19 supports

Making Cents: Working out if you will face a tax bill because of Covid-19 supports

The Government last week reminded anyone receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP), put in place as an emergency response to layoffs made in the wake of ...

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Making Cents: Working from home can save you time and money

Making Cents: Working from home can save you time and money

Despite now being in phase one of the easing of restrictions put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19, many thousands of workers across Ireland continue to work ...

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Making Cents: Avail of grants for sustainable living indoors

Making Cents: Avail of grants for sustainable living indoors

When it comes to sustainable living, one of the main ways we can make a difference is in our own homes.

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Making Cents: Don’t let your health suffer because of crisis

Making Cents: Don’t let your health suffer because of crisis

Gráinne McGuinness looks at how the health insurance industry is responding to the Covid-19 crisis

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Making Cents: Putting car off the road can lead to savings of 75%

Making Cents: Putting car off the road can lead to savings of 75%

One small silver lining for motorists during the current Covid-19 crisis is that they stand to benefit financially as a result of the restrictions imposed to stop ...

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You bought a ticket for a banned event, what’s next?

You bought a ticket for a banned event, what’s next?

THE decision, announced last week, to ban major public gatherings of more than 5,000 people in Ireland until at least September has led to the cancellation of many ...

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Making Cents: Fraudsters exploit pandemic fears to rip-off people

Making Cents: Fraudsters exploit pandemic fears to rip-off people

While this pandemic is showing the best of humanity, from individual acts of kindness to heroic levels of volunteering in the community, it is also bringing fraudsters ...

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Making Cents: Navigating the new employment subsidies

Making Cents: Navigating the new employment subsidies

With the Covid-19 restrictions having a seismic effect on the Irish economy, the Government has brought in a number of measures to help. For people who remain in ...

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Making Cents: Threshold are here to help with rent advice

Making Cents: Threshold are here to help with rent advice

The coronavirus crisis is affecting us all but one group coming under particular stress is renters. To assist, the government passed a number of legislative measures ...

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Making Cents: Switching makes sense for all your household bills

Making Cents: Switching makes sense for all your household bills

Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness

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Making Cents: May be time to switch your energy supplier

Making Cents: May be time to switch your energy supplier

It is hard to know where to start offering financial advice at a time when our economic future is so uncertain.

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Making Cents: Lowest interest rate in the bag for An Post

Making Cents: Lowest interest rate in the bag for An Post

As digital alternatives to a traditional current account become more popular and the big name banks in Ireland annoy many with their fees and charges.

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Making Cents: Know your rights when travelling in a time of coronavirus

Making Cents: Know your rights when travelling in a time of coronavirus

As coronavirus continues to dominate world news and Ireland waits to see how extensively it spreads here, plans for travel over the next few months looks uncertain. ...

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Making Cents: Online daters can risk more than just their heart

Making Cents: Online daters can risk more than just their heart

While love was in the air earlier this month, An Garda Síochána has warned daters of the potential dangers of looking for love online.

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Making Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

Making Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

FOR many of us, health insurance is high on the list of financial products which that we tend to avoid changing out of fear and confusion.

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Making Cents: Stay in control to get the best out of your credit card

Making Cents: Stay in control to get the best out of your credit card

The payment of credit card bills will have been a financial priority in many Irish households in the last couple of weeks, as people got paid and turned their attention ...

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Making Cents: Making the big switch is easier than you think

Making Cents: Making the big switch is easier than you think

A reader contacted me asking: “What is the best gas supplier and cheapest for my home? I have metered gas”.

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Making Cents: Pension tension - timing is crucial to get full benefits

Making Cents: Pension tension - timing is crucial to get full benefits

I have been spending the first month of the new year talking to experts for advice about how to tackle major financial resolutions.

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Take cover: How to protect your income

Take cover: How to protect your income

For the month of January, I am asking experts for advice on how to tackle major financial resolutions.

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Making Cents: Get your house in order before seeking a mortgage

Making Cents: Get your house in order before seeking a mortgage

This month we are looking at ways to fulfil financial New Year’s resolutions. Buying a home of one’s own is a milestone in life but there are plenty ...

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Making Cents: Dear diary - the trick to keeping track of spending

Making Cents: Dear diary - the trick to keeping track of spending

If financial goals were part of your 2020 resolutions, I hope this column can help.

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Making Cents: Hold the phone, new rules for service contracts

Making Cents: Hold the phone, new rules for service contracts

Consumers across the EU are set to benefit from new rules on phone and internet contracts.

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Making Cents: Preventing crime over the festive holiday season

Making Cents: Preventing crime over the festive holiday season

Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness

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Making Cents: Thinking of charities at Christmas

Making Cents: Thinking of charities at Christmas

The support of charity gift collections, from shoeboxes to Bóthar’s sheep, comes from this desire to use the extra that some of us have to help those ...

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Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

As you probably have heard by now, changes to the rules concerning gift vouchers in Ireland came into effect earlier this month, giving consumers more rights when ...

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Making Cents: Tax refund would be welcome at an expensive time

Making Cents: Tax refund would be welcome at an expensive time

You could be entitled to a refund from the taxman, and getting it later this month, or early next year, would provide a welcome boost to household finances.

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Making Cents: Bargains available on Black Friday but buyer beware!

Making Cents: Bargains available on Black Friday but buyer beware!

With Christmas Day six weeks away tomorrow, preparations are under way in earnest, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

As you may be aware, new rules around motor insurance documentation have been introduced. The rules are aimed at improving transparency for consumers but a broker ...

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Making Cents: Preparing for a fresh financial start to 2020

Making Cents: Preparing for a fresh financial start to 2020

This week, Carol Brick is following on from that with additional advice for a cohort who I believe are particularly inclined to put financial planning on the long ...

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Made in Munster: Three months, three steps to a financial reboot

Made in Munster: Three months, three steps to a financial reboot

As part of our Made in Munster series, we are talking to local firms devoted to helping individuals and families make the best of their finances, writes Gráinne ...

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Making Cents: Plan for your pension direct from Skibbereen

Making Cents: Plan for your pension direct from Skibbereen

When it comes to Munster talent and entrepreneurship, our food, agriculture and tourism can be the first industries that come to mind.

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Making Cents: Get your house ready for the worst of winter

Making Cents: Get your house ready for the worst of winter

Storm Lorenzo has passed by but it there is a long winter ahead and experts say last week’s weather alerts should serve as a reminder of the need to get your ...

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Making Cents: Many benefits as we drive forward with electric cars

Making Cents: Many benefits as we drive forward with electric cars

From Greta Thunberg’s passionate appearance in New York to the news that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that poor air quality in Ireland led ...

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Examine Yourself: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

Examine Yourself: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

The demands of daily life do not cease upon diagnosis of cancer, says social worker Denis Spillane, who works with cancer patients of the Mercy University Hospital, ...

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Making Cents: A checklist before you purchase from UK traders

Making Cents: A checklist before you purchase from UK traders

The only thing we know for sure about Brexit is that nobody knows how it is all going to end. Britain and the rest of Europe are in uncharted territory and there ...

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Making Cents: Try the 50/30/20 rule to change the way you budget

Making Cents: Try the 50/30/20 rule to change the way you budget

US senator Elizabeth Warren is currently in the news as a potential US presidential candidate for the Democratic party. But long before becoming involved in politics, ...

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Credit may be a realistic option for college loans

Credit may be a realistic option for college loans

If you have had a realistic look at all the expenses of the coming academic year and know you cannot cover it out of savings and/or earnings then it is time to look ...

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Making Cents: Work out your budget for the college year ahead

Making Cents: Work out your budget for the college year ahead

There are so many decisions and new experiences facing first-year students in the next few months, it would be easy to become overwhelmed. From where to live, who ...

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Making Cents: Now, first-years must learn how to rent a room

Making Cents: Now, first-years must learn how to rent a room

The Leaving Cert points have been tallied, the CAO offers made, and now the hunt is on for student accommodation.

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Firefighters battle another blaze in Sunbeam Industrial Estate

Firefighters battle another blaze in Sunbeam Industrial Estate

Firefighters from Ballyvolane and Cork city have spent hours tackling a blaze at the Sunbeam Industrial Estate on Redforge Rd in Cork city this evening, as dramatic ...

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Making Cents: Get the best from savings to fund college costs

Making Cents: Get the best from savings to fund college costs

Tomorrow is a big day for more than 50,000 Irish students and their families, with Leaving Cert results being issued in schools all around the country and online ...

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Making Cents: The step-by-step guide to securing a mortgage

Making Cents: The step-by-step guide to securing a mortgage

I was recently contacted by a reader who wanted advice on how a possible move to contract work would affect their chances of buying their first home.

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Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

Every three minutes someone in Ireland receives a diagnosis of cancer, according to the National Cancer Registry of Ireland, becoming one of the 40,000 new cases ...

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Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

Every three minutes someone in Ireland receives a diagnosis of cancer, according to the National Cancer Registry of Ireland, becoming one of the 40,000 new cases ...

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Making Cents: CCPC sets out to bust myths about holiday insurance

Making Cents: CCPC sets out to bust myths about holiday insurance

I have already written about travel insurance this year, concentrating on the factors families should consider when choosing their cover and the important questions ...

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