Friday 24 March 2017

'I have money put aside for a rainy day - but it seems to rain a lot'

Martin King
Martin King

John Cradden

Martin King is a weatherman for TV3 but also co-presents the weekday evening Seven O' Clock Show with Lucy Kennedy on TV3, as well as a weekend radio show on Today FM.

You're a well-known TV weatherman, but you do save for a rainy day?

I have put some money aside for a rainy day, but the problem is that we live in Ireland and it rains a lot and it's kind of similar to my life - I've had to dip in for rainy days.

Are you better off than your parents?

I think so, my parents were both very hard-working people, but they're both retired now.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

A car.

What was your worst job?

I've been fortunate in that I've been working in this industry since I was 15, but there were a couple of times when I would say I got side-tracked. When I was in my teens, I worked in a furniture shop for about a week and then at another stage I worked in clothes shop for about a month. I can't say they were bad jobs, but they were just jobs I didn't enjoy.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

I remember against good advice buying a Chrysler Alpine car some years ago that I never should have bought. Within a very short time, the head gasket went and the floor collapsed. Oh yeah and I went to pull the handbrake one time and the whole thing just lifted out of its casing and wound up in my hand in mid-air. I was told it was a bad car but I wanted it, so I bought it.

What was your best financial killing?

Obviously, buying my own house was a sound investment until the crash came and it was devalued.

Do you use any money-saving apps?

No, I don't need money-saving apps.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone

Do you know how much is in your current account?

Unfortunately, I do!

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

Just small ones.

Do you have a mortgage? Is it fixed, variable or tracker

Yes, I'm happy to say it's a tracker.

Would you buy Irish property now?

The only property I have is the one I live in. Would I buy it now? I'd wait and see what's going to happen over the next couple of months with Brexit and the impact it will have before I would do it.

Have you ever switched utility provider?

Yes, we've done that a couple of times.

Itunes or Spotify?

I still tend to take a CD out of the case and put it into the machine and play.

What was the last thing you bought online?

I have Dublin GAA season tickets, which I renewed last week. I've four sons, two of them into boxing, so the last thing I bought online, last weekend, was the Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale fight from Virgin Media.

Cash or card?

Both, really. I use the card a lot but I always have a little bit of cash in my pocket.

Do you ever haggle?

Oh yeah - although not here, not in Ireland. Only because if I'm working somewhere or out with somebody and I start haggling, people will say: 'Your man off the telly, he's a real cheapskate!' Abroad? Absolutely. Especially in markets.

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