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Our guides are here to save you money on your day to day bills, including everything from your insurance and finances through to your water and waste collection bills.
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How to choose a waste collection company

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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Water bills: What charges will you have to pay?

Gone are the days of limitless free tap water in Ireland. Here’s a closer look at the charges from Irish Water and how to avoid them.

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How does gift and inheritance tax work?

If you receive a gift or inheritance you may have to pay tax on it. Here’s a closer look at how gifts and inheritance are taxed in Ireland.

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What help can you get paying your energy bills?

If you struggle to pay the day to day costs of running your home, you could qualify for a helping hand with your energy bills. Here are some of the grants and allowances that could help cut the cost of your gas and electricity.

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Travel money & best ways to spend abroad

If you’re going abroad, you’ll need to decide whether to use travel cash or your cards. Here’s how to pick the best way to spend on holiday and get a better deal on foreign currency.

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Do you need travel insurance?

Travel insurance gives you vital financial protection should something go wrong on your holiday. Here’s a closer look at what it offers and whether it’s worth paying for.

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What is the European Health Insurance Card?

If you’re travelling to the EU, you’ll need to carry a European Health Insurance Card with you. Here’s everything you need to know about the EHIC.

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A guide to your holiday consumer rights

If something goes wrong while you’re away or the travel company goes bust, knowing your rights is essential. Here’s what to do if you need to cancel your trip or complain.

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How to claim the Fuel Allowance

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

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What is the Christmas bonus?

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.

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Is mobile phone insurance worth it?

Mobile phone insurance can offer valuable financial protection if you lose or damage your phone, but it can also be expensive. Here’s how to work out whether you really need it and how to pick the best cover.

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How to keep your children safe online

In a technology driven world, it’s impossible to keep your children offline, and trying to do so will only hold them back. So, making it safe is one of your many responsibilities as a parent, and this guide can help you do just that.

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How to transfer money from Ireland to the UK

Sending euro to a UK bank account can be tricky and expensive. Here’s how to do a money transfer at the best exchange rate, and save money.

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What are your redundancy rights?

If your job’s unstable and you’re at risk of redundancy, it’s vital to know your rights. Here’s an overview of the process, what you’re entitled to, and how to appeal.

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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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How to get the best pet insurance in Ireland

Your pet is part of the family, and like our loved ones we want to protect them, however, vet fees are costly and often unforeseen. Here’s how pet insurance works and how you can find the best pet cover in Ireland.

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How to get the best gadget insurance in Ireland

Gadget insurance can offer financial protection if your expensive devices get damaged or stolen. Here’s what you need to know about it and how to find the right policy for less.

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How to choose the best health insurance in Ireland

When you or your family fall ill or have an accident, you’ll want to get the best health care as soon as possible. Here’s how health insurance can protect your family and how to find the best cover for your needs.

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How to find the best life insurance in Ireland

Ensuring your loved ones are cared for when you die is a concern, but life insurance can ease the financial worry. Here’s how life cover can financially protect your family and how to choose the best policy for peace of mind.

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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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9 Black Friday tips for 2020

Black Friday may be a little different this year, but there will still be lots of sales and offers to shop for. Here’s how to bag a Black Friday bargain without busting your budget.

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Last posting dates for Christmas 2020

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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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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Best TV streaming services in Ireland

TV streaming lets you watch your favourite TV shows and movies on-demand. Here’s all you need to know about the best streaming services in Ireland.

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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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How to get the best dental insurance

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.