'I have money put aside for a rainy day - but it seems to rain a lot'
Published 03/07/2016 | 02:30
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?
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?
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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