Wednesday 7 December 2016

All-Ireland Hurling Final hotel stays

Published 31/07/2011 | 05:00

With the prospect of 80,000 fans descending on the capital for the All-Ireland Hurling Final this September, hotels and bars are sure of a bumper weekend. If you want to make a weekend of it and get a good hotel at a decent price, you need to start looking soon as many hotels will be upping their rates closer to final day. With a quick search online we managed to save more than €400 for three nights' stay for two people in Dublin 4.

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Best: D4 Tara Towers Hotel €199 for three nights

Avoid: The Dylan €627 for three nights

Saving: €428

Contact www.hotels.com

Large-volume mail shots

Direct mail is extremely popular with companies that want to keep customers up to date on their latest offers. While it can be an effective way to reach customers, it can be expensive -- you can't scrimp on design or printing, but the big cost is postage. Thankfully, competition seems to be bringing the price of mailing items down -- if your company is running a direct mail campaign of 2,000 items, you'll be charged €960 by CityPost for delivery and €820 by An Post.

Best: An Post €820

Avoid: CityPost €960

Saving: €140

Contact www.anpost.ie

Home insurance

If you haven't shopped around for home insurance in recent years, you could be overpaying on your premium. While insurance prices have begun to creep up over the last few years, the build price of your house will have plummeted in the same time period and if you shop around you should be able to cut your current rate. We've looked at the price of insurance for a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, with a rebuild cost of €130,000 and contents worth €35,000.

Best: Aviva €242

Avoid: Chartis Direct €470

Saving: €228

Contact compare at www.itsyourmoney.ie

Cheap electricity

Given the recently announced increases in energy costs and every company in the market claiming that it is offering discounts on its competitors, finding the best option for your home electricity can be a bewildering process. Even more confusing is that each company offers a myriad of different price plans, meaning you could be charged a wildly different rate than your neighbours even if you're with the same provider. If you're on the Airtricity Standard Plan and pay by cash or cheque, you could be paying hundreds more than you need to -- switch to the ESB SuperSaver Direct Debit & Online Billing and you'll save substantially over the year.

Best: ESB Super Saver €888.78 per year

Avoid: Bord Gais €1,026.39 per year

Saving: €137.61

Contact compare at www.bonkers.ie

Home alarms

With so many of us away for a few weeks over the summer period, it's always good to know that someone is keeping an eye on your house. Eircom Phonewatch is the industry leader when it comes to home monitoring solutions. However, despite the fact that suppliers in all industries are slashing prices on goods and services to keep afloat, Eircom Phonewatch still charges €300 per year to monitor your home alarm. Securigard will offer the same service for just €180, saving you €120 per year.

Best: Securigard €180

Avoid: Eircom Phonewatch €300

Saving: €120.00

Contact www.securigard.ie

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