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No need for a Blue Monday when you can switch and save over €1,000

There are savings to be made on energy, broadband, TV and phone deals.

‘Blue Monday’ seems to have become an annual event, with the weather, the amount of time since Christmas, and the level of debt we’re in, all contributing to our bad moods.

Whether you believe in all of that or not, Mondays generally aren’t the most-loved day of the week. But maybe saving hundreds of Euro could brighten this one up?

Save up to €500 on a new broadband bundle

Major providers - like eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone - have sales on at the moment, and you could save over €500 if you sign up to certain plans online.

There are discounts available on broadband-only plans, as well as broadband and TV, broadband and phone and triple-play packages, so you’ll definitely be able to find something that suits you.

Before signing up, think about whether you spend most of your time using a streaming service or watching traditional TV, as this will determine whether you opt for a bundle or a broadband-only deal.

You should also consider the broadband speed you want, and whether you need a home phone or are happy to go without.

A new gas and electricity plan could save you €307

Did you know that if you haven’t switched your gas and/or electricity in the last 12 months you’re more than likely paying more than you need to for your energy?

Most energy suppliers offer great discounts to new customers. These discounts generally last for 12 months before you revert to the supplier’s standard tariff, which is typically their most expensive rate.

While some suppliers offer ongoing discounts of up to 8.5% for things like paying by direct debit or signing up to online billing, you would still make bigger savings by moving to a new supplier - discounts of up to 33% are available on some plans.

If you’re an average gas and electricity customer, you could save up to €307 by switching, while larger households with higher consumption could save even more.

Meanwhile, if you’re a low energy user, you could consider a deal that includes cashback - this may work out cheaper for you over the course of a year, depending on your usage.

Compare energy deals now

Remember, you don’t need to worry about a loss in supply, because all energy suppliers use the exact same pipes and cables to supply energy to your home.

Switch to a SIM-only mobile deal

Another great way to save would be to switch to a SIM-only mobile deal.

Basically, a SIM-only plan does exactly what it says on the tin - you’ll get a SIM card, with an allocation of data, texts and minutes, but the deal won’t include a phone. Because of this, SIM-only plans are cheaper.

In order to switch to one, you’ll need to make sure you’re out of contract with your current provider first - if you don’t know, contact them and they should be able to tell you.

If you currently pay €45 for your plan, and you switch to this plan from iD, you could save up to €300 in a year by switching to this deal.

Compare SIM-only mobile plans

Total savings of over €1,000 by switching

When you take the broadband, energy and mobile savings together, you’re looking at total savings of up to €1,135 for just a few minutes’ work - so make the most of the January hibernation and save yourself a packet for the year ahead.