Tuesday 17 January 2017

Me and my money: Orla Walsh

Artist is trying to brush up on her saving skills after putting foot in it by hiding 'bargain' boots

Published 23/03/2010 | 05:00

Orla Walsh
Orla Walsh

ARTIST Orla Walsh got found out straight after she made a small spending mistake.

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"A couple of years ago, I was rushing through Blackrock, Co Dublin, early one morning and spied the most amazing pair of black boots. They were a little bit outside of my budget. I decided to hide them away at the back of the wardrobe for a choice moment to produce 'these old things'," she said.

"A little later, I was driving the children home from school when my mobile rang. It was my husband, he asked me if I had bought a pair of shoes this morning, I nearly died and said: 'Maybe. . . why?'

"'In Henry Street a shop called Barrets?' he asked. 'No,' I answered confused. It turns out that our credit card had been copied and the fraud squad had contacted my husband that morning. So there were two con artists found out that day.

"I have a great savings plan. I tell my husband that everything I buy is a bargain or I got it in the sales.

"My biggest weakness was the glossy magazines, it was a true addiction. I finally managed to wean myself off and buy only one magazine a week. My chosen poison was 'Closer'. . . pure gossipy rubbish that satisfied my cravings.

"I drive a Land Rover. I use it for getting to and from shows and galleries. Some of my paintings are 3.5ft wide and I can put all the seats down. I also ferry around my three children and their mates to school, parties, activities and play dates.

"I've never bought shares but my dad bought Eircom shares for me and my brothers. I really look forward to my dividend cheques arriving in the post. The biggest one so far being 98c -- it costs me 35c to cash.

"Money is important so that when you have time off you can spend it. The simplest things in life can be the best fun and it does not cost much. Family movie night at home with wine for mum and dad and a massive bowl of popcorn and pizza for the children is a big favourite with my family."

Irish Independent

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