Emma Archer

Emma Archer

Emma is a Content Writer for Switcher.ie, writing guides to help readers understand money matters and make the right financial choices. Emma has worked with various financial comparison websites as a digital copywriter and researcher.

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Who are the cheapest gas and electricity suppliers?

Many suppliers claim to be the cheapest, but who really has the best gas and electricity deals on the market? Here’s how to find the cheapest energy supplier in your area.

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Your complete guide to mortgages in Ireland

Whether you’re buying your first home, switching mortgages, or moving, this guide has everything you need to help you prepare. Here’s how the mortgage process works from start to finish.

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Should you choose a cashback mortgage?

Costs can spiral when you buy a property or switch, so a cashback mortgage can provide a boost when you need it most. Here’s all you need to know about cashback mortgages in Ireland.

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SIM-only or a bill pay contract: which is best?

If your contract ends soon you may wonder whether a SIM-only deal could save you money. Here’s all you need to know about choosing the best deal and making the switch.

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Top energy tips to save money

One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is by cutting back on your usage. Here’s all you need to know about energy efficiency with money-saving tips to reduce your bills.

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Ireland's best Samsung Galaxy mobile deals

There’s always a buzz when the latest Samsung mobile is released. Here are the most popular Samsung Galaxy phones and best bill pay mobile deals in Ireland.

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Your guide to Pay As You Go energy in Ireland

Here’s how pay as you go electricity and gas plans work in Ireland. We compare prepay energy prices, weigh up the pros and cons, and explain how to switch to stay on top of your bills.

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How 5G mobile works in Ireland

The latest Apple and Samsung phones launched as 5G only, signalling ultra-fast speeds and improved reliability for all. But what is 5G and which networks have the best 5G coverage?

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Should you get Amazon Prime Video in Ireland?

Amazon Prime Video, the popular streaming service showing movies & TV is available in Ireland. Here’s all you need to know about Amazon’s on-demand video platform, Prime Video.

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Should you use a mortgage broker in Ireland?

If you’re on the hunt for a new mortgage, finding the right home loan takes time & effort. Here’s how a mortgage broker could save you time and money.

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Compare Ireland's Best Reward Credit Cards

Compare the best rewards credit cards in Ireland using our comparison. Earn cashback, discounts and travel perks when you spend on your credit card.

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Green mortgages explained

A green mortgage could save you money if you have an energy-efficient home. Here’s all you need to know about green mortgages in Ireland and how to pick the best one.

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Compare 0% purchase credit cards

Get 0% interest on purchases and spread the cost of spending. Compare the best purchases credit cards in Ireland and save money on borrowing in minutes.

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Compare student credit cards

Compare credit cards for students in Ireland with introductory purchase rates, cashback and other perks.

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How to get the best current account in Ireland

Here’s all you need to know about current accounts in Ireland. Find out about benefits, costs and how to pick the best current account for your banking needs.

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Your complete guide to credit cards

Credit cards are a convenient and safe way to pay when used wisely. Here’s all you need to know about credit in Ireland and how to pick the best card for your needs.

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Tax relief and working from home in Ireland

With tax relief set to rise for thousands of homeworkers in January 2022, here’s how to claim financial support if you work from home in Ireland.

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Wireless broadband choices in Ireland

Most broadband needs cables or a wired network, so if you live in a rural location internet access can be patchy. Here’s some broadband options to consider if you don’t have a phone line or fibre where you live.

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How to get broadband without a landline

Are you looking to get broadband without a phone line in your home? Here’s how to access the internet with mobile, satellite or fibre broadband.

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How to speed up slow broadband

Slow broadband can be really frustrating, especially if you’re paying for a fast broadband package that isn’t performing. Here’s how to check your broadband speed and improve a slow broadband connection.

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Your complete guide to loans in Ireland

A loan can give you a financial helping hand, but borrowing can be costly. Here’s all you need to know about loans in Ireland and how to get the best rates.

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How to find out your energy supplier in Ireland

Not sure who your energy supplier is? Here’s how to find out who supplies gas and electricity to your home.

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Loan repayment calculator

Our personal loan calculator can help you work out your monthly repayments and interest in just a few clicks. See how much a loan costs from Ireland’s leading lenders.

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Your moving house checklist

Moving home can be a difficult juggling act. Our house move checklist can guide you through the steps to make your move stress-free and simple.

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How to boost your Building Energy Rating (BER)

Boosting your home’s energy rating can slash your energy bills, make your house warmer and even unlock cheaper mortgage deals. Here’s how to improve your BER and save money.

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What your smart meter upgrade means for you

The ESB smart meter rollout is taking place across Ireland now, so whether you’re a homeowner or a business, you’ll get your new smart meter free of charge before 2024. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to get the best broadband for online gaming

Here’s all you need to know about the best broadband for online gaming and tips to enhance your gaming experience.

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Fibre broadband explained

Fibre-optic broadband offers much faster connection speeds than ADSL, mobile, or satellite broadband. Here’s all you need to know about fibre-optic broadband in Ireland.

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How to complain about your broadband service

It’s important that know your consumer rights when you sign up for any service. Here’s all you need to know about making a complaint to your broadband provider, speed issues and cancelling your contract.

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How to pick the best type of car insurance

Once you’ve found your ideal car, the next step is to get the right insurance. Here’s a guide to car insurance options in Ireland and how to get the best one for you.

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Can you transfer money from a credit card?

Money transfer credit cards can be a fast and flexible way to borrow money for unexpected costs or cash shortfalls. Here’s what you need to know about money transfer credit cards and where to get one in Ireland.

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How to read your gas & electricity meter

Gas and electricity meters track how much energy you use. Here’s how to read your meter and keep on top of your energy bills.

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How to get the best dental insurance plan

Unplanned dental treatment can be expensive, thankfully dental cover can offer financial protection to guard against costly dental work. Here’s how dental insurance in Ireland works and how to find the right plan for your needs.

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Ireland's Best Black Friday Tips for 2021

Here’s how to bag a Black Friday bargain without busting your budget.

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Last posting & delivery dates for Christmas 2021

Make sure Christmas cards and gifts reach family and friends in time this year. Here’s a rundown of last posting and delivery dates for Ireland and abroad.

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How do credit limits work in Ireland?

How much you borrow using your credit card depends on your credit limit. Here’s what you need to know about credit card limits and how to use your card responsibly to get better credit.

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Your refund rights in Ireland

Getting your money back whether you shop online or in-store can be troublesome. Here are your refund rights explained and how to get your money back without a hitch.

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What are data limits & fair usage policies?

Unlimited broadband plans are now the most popular deals, but they still have limitations. Here’s all you need to know about broadband data limits and fair usage policies.

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How much energy do you use?

The more energy you use the higher your bills will be. Here’s how to work out your energy usage and reduce what you pay for your gas and electricity.

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Kilowatt hours (kWh) explained

The Kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a unit used by energy suppliers to work out how much you pay for gas and electricity. Here’s all you need to know about kWhs and saving money on your energy bill.

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Should you get a prepaid card?

Prepaid cards offer a safe, convenient way to pay and give you control over your finances, but they can also come with hidden costs. Here’s everything you need to know about prepaid cards for spending at home and abroad.

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How does roaming work in Ireland?

If you want to use your mobile while abroad and avoid an expensive phone bill, this guide can help. Here’s how to ‘Roam like at Home’ in the EU and find the right mobile plan for your trip.

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Broadband connection types

The broadband connection types available where you live will affect the speeds you can get. Find out about what’s available in your area and what it means for your online experience.

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How to switch electricity & gas in Ireland

Switching to a cheaper electricity or gas plan is quick and easy and could save you hundreds of euro. Here’s how to find a better deal and switch your supplier.

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What broadband speed do you need?

A fast, reliable broadband connection is vital for a quality, hassle-free broadband service. Here’s all of the information you need on broadband speeds in Ireland.

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Ireland's best SIM-only deals

Find and compare cheap SIM-only deals in Ireland. Whether you’re looking for a budget mobile plan or unlimited 5G, you’ll get the best SIM-only deals here.

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How to switch broadband providers

Switching your broadband is quick and easy and could save you a bundle. Here’s a look at the best offers in Ireland and everything you need to know about switching to a better broadband deal.

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How to find Ireland's best travel insurance

With so many types of travel insurance and levels of cover on offer, it’s difficult to know which is best. Here’s how to find the right cover for your holiday or trip abroad.