As any driver can tell you, the price of petrol varies enormously depending on where you are. One thing is for sure though, it isn't getting any cheaper. We based our comparison on a Toyota Corolla, which has a petrol tank of 50 to 55 litres.
Best: Esso, Newtown, Bantry 146.9c
Avoid: Texaco Lucan By-Pass, Dublin 156.9c
Saving: €5.50 a tank
While we're all trying to save in January, some of us just won't give up that caffeine kick in the morning. The prices quoted are for a medium latte to go -- one of the most popular choices for the morning commute.
Best: Nick's Coffee, Ranelagh €2.50
Avoid: Starbucks €3.45
Saving: €162.50 over a year.
It's January, and that means new year's resolutions and the promise to ourselves to "get fit" and "lose weight". What that means exactly is anybody's guess, however. Many people will join a gym this month but won't see it again after March. Think long and hard about signing up, and remember that jogging or cycling in the open air is often better than running on a treadmill or sweating on an exercise bike.
Best: Ben Dunne Jervis St €189
Avoid: Westwood Leopardstown €600
(€50 a month)
In January we look desperately for alternatives to the pub for an evening's entertainment. Cinemas are routinely jammed at this time of year. How much you pay will depend on a lot of things such as age, and when you go to the pictures. Weekend evenings are usually more expensive than midweek, and if you are an OAP or student, there is usually an additional discount.
Best: CineWorld, Dublin €7.20
Avoid: Vue Liffey Valley €11.80
Saving: €4.60 a trip
New year, new car insurance. With risk equalisation and the need to cover the costs of various insurance scandals in recent years, premiums now vary wildly from company to company. Our figures are based on a 45-year-old woman driving a 1998 Seat Alhambra with a named driver. The car would be parked in a driveway overnight.
Best: Insure.ie €260
Avoid: Liberty 780.93