Me and my money: Aoife Coghlan
'My worst spending error made me sick but my best buy keeps me in good health'
Published 12/08/2010 | 05:00
ACTRESS Aoife Coghlan felt her worst spending mistake in her belly.
"I went for a meal in a very expensive restaurant and unfortunately I was ill afterwards.
"It was a terrible waste -- the oysters were a mistake and made the whole experience dreadful," she said.
"My best buy was a 1960s-style baby blue shift dress for €120. I have worn it countless times and it has often been borrowed by friends.
"To date, it has clocked up five weddings and three christenings.
"In short, I don't have a savings plan but I recently opened a credit union account, which I will keep my savings in and my next loan will be from them. I despise banks.
"I try not to waste the little money I have. But my biggest expenditure would be 'good' food. I come from a family of epicures and cooking is a huge part of my life.
"My mum always cooks from scratch and it is from her that I garnered the principles of using quality ingredients.
In no way do I see this as a waste -- but rather a necessity for good health and good life ahead . . . and mustn't forget to mention it's totally yummy.
"I can't drive, yet. Living in Dublin I have no real need for a car. But I have a beautiful bicycle, which aside from the batteries for the lights costs me very little to run with the odd minor repair from the toll of Irish roads.
"However, I eventually hope to own a Nissan Figaro... colour as yet undecided! I am with a co-operative actors' agency called Frontline and I do own shares in that. I have gotten work through the agency, so I guess I have made money on my investment that way."
- Aoife Coghlan stars in Bondi Beach Boy Blue at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin from August 10 to September 4.