Claire Borowski

Claire Borowski

Claire is a Content Writer for Switcher.ie, writing guides to help readers manage their finances and save money on their household bills. Claire also helps look after Switcher’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter and previously worked as a Content Designer at money.co.uk.

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How to find the cheapest home heating oil

If you use oil to heat your home, here’s how to find the cheapest heating oil and save money.

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How to keep your children safe online in Ireland

As children spend more time online, ensuring it’s a safe space is ever more important. This guide can help parents talk to children about life online, recognise potential dangers and take steps to reduce risks.

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How good is satellite broadband in Ireland?

If you’re struggling to get fibre or ADSL broadband in your rural location, satellite broadband could be the answer. Here’s what you need to know about satellite broadband in Ireland.

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SIRO broadband explained

SIRO is making Ireland one of the fastest broadband countries in the world. We explain what SIRO is and how it works in Ireland. Use our SIRO broadband checker to out if SIRO is available near you.

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What insurance do you need with your mortgage?

Getting the right insurance to protect you and your home financially is vital. Here’s the insurance you need in Ireland, and other types you may want to consider.

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Should you overpay your mortgage?

Overpaying your mortgage could save you thousands of euro in interest, and help pay off your balance years earlier. Here’s how to overpay and how much you could save.

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How to prepare for a mortgage application

The right preparation can improve your chances of mortgage approval. Here’s 7 steps to get mortgage ready, from getting your finances in order to checking your credit record.

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Self build mortgages in Ireland

If you dream of building your own home, a self build mortgage could help make it a reality. Here’s how they work, how much you can borrow, and what insurance you need.

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How to get a mortgage if you have bad credit

Getting on the property ladder with a poor credit history can be tough. Here are some ways to improve your chances of getting a mortgage with bad credit.

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How to get a mortgage Approval in Principle in Ireland

Getting a mortgage Approval in rinciple is a step closer to buying your new home or remortgaging. Here’s how to apply and what to do if you’re not approved.

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What you need to know about mobile call charges

If you don’t stick to your call plan terms, you could easily rack up an expensive phone bill. Here’s what calls are usually included, what you’ll pay extra for, and how to avoid paying more than you need to.

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What to do with your old mobile phone

Discover how to sell, donate, recycle or trade-in your old mobile phone in Ireland to save money or give to charity.

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Should you buy a refurbished phone?

Considering a refurbished phone but don’t know where to start? Here’s where to buy, how much you can save, and what to check before you invest.

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How to choose a bin collection service in Ireland

Managing your household waste correctly could save you time and money. Here’s how to find the right collection service, reduce your waste and pay less.

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What are your redundancy rights?

If you’ve been made redundant or are facing redundancy, it’s important to know your rights. Here’s an overview of the process, what you’re entitled to, and how to appeal.

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Should you get Disney Plus in Ireland?

If you love a feel good Disney classic or a piece of Marvel action then Disney+ could be for you. Here’s what you need to know about the next big streaming service.

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How to claim the Fuel Allowance in Ireland

If you get a social welfare allowance and struggle to pay your winter energy bills, you could be eligible for extra help. Here’s how to claim the Fuel Allowance.

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How to check your credit record

If you’re curious about your credit score, or worried about arrears affecting future borrowing, checking your credit report is easy. Here’s how to check your credit history, your credit check rights, & what your credit score means.

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What is the Christmas Bonus in Ireland?

If you get social welfare payments, you could be entitled to some extra cash this Christmas. Here’s all you need to know about the social welfare Christmas bonus in Ireland.

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How to check broadband availability in your area

Discover how to use our broadband checker to find the best broadband deals and speeds in your area.

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How Ireland's no claims bonus works

A good no claims record can help make your car insurance much cheaper. Here’s how it works, what discounts you can earn and tips to get the best value from your bonus.

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How to find the right insurance for your classic car

If you’re passionate about your classic car, finding quality car insurance is crucial. Here’s what’s covered, what to consider, and how to pick the right policy to protect your pride and joy.

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How to get a credit union loan in Ireland

Joining a credit union could give you access to lower loan rates and other benefits. Here’s how they work, what loans you can get and how to apply.

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Learning to drive a car in Ireland

Before you get into the driver’s seat, there are a few things you need to sort out. Here’s all you need to know about learner permits and car insurance to get you started.

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Does your insurance cover working from home?

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen home working go through the roof. If you’ve been working remotely, this guide looks at home insurance and whether you’re covered on an existing policy.

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Do you need buildings insurance in Ireland?

If you’re a homeowner, buildings insurance could save you thousands if your home gets damaged. Here’s what’s covered, extras you can add, and exclusions to look out for.

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How does landlord insurance work in Ireland?

If you rent out a property, having the right protection in place is essential. Here’s what landlord insurance is and what it can cover.

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How does tenant home insurance work?

If you’re renting a property, you’ll need to protect your belongings with the right cover. Here’s a guide to home insurance for tenants.

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Who offers the best mobile phone coverage in Ireland?

Good phone signal is vital for calls, messaging and the internet; here’s how to find the best network coverage for your area and compare mobile plans in Ireland.

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How to get cheaper young driver insurance

It’s tricky finding affordable car insurance if you’re a young or new driver in Ireland. Here’s the best ways to get cheaper car insurance if you’re under 25.

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How much can I borrow mortgage calculator

Use our free mortgage calculator to discover how much you might be able to borrow from mortgage lenders in Ireland.

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How to switch to a better mortgage deal

Switching your mortgage to a better interest rate could save you thousands of euro or help you reduce your loan term. Here’s how to find the best switcher mortgage.