Tickets for The Coronas Apple iPad Current account Mobile phone packages Sky Sports at home
The Coronas are a popular band among the younger folk (or so we're told). Tickets for their show at The Savoy in Cork are still available, but won't be for much longer so if you want to see them live, get your skates on. If you buy two tickets through ticketmaster.ie, you'll pay €21.50 per ticket, plus a further €2.70 per ticket in a 'booking fee'. However, if you buy from tickets.ie the price is a very reasonable €21 with no booking fee. Seems like a no-brainer really.
Best tickets.ie €42
Avoid ticketmaster.ie €48.40 (inc booking fee)
There seems to be no shortage of Apple devotees willing to shell out their hard- earned cash to get their mitts on the first release of the new iPad; the company sold more than two million of them in the first 59 days alone. The top-of-the-range version will set you back a whopping €799 in PC World in Dublin, while just across the border you can buy it in PC World for €757. Perhaps not a groundbreaking saving, but if you also want to see the sights of Belfast you can save enough to have your return train ticket for free.
Best PC World Newtownabbey €757
Avoid PC World Dublin €799
contact www.pcworld.co.uk or get driving
You won't get much for the money that you have on deposit in your current account from the Irish banks these days, but some are far worse than others. Ulster Bank is currently offering a whopping 0.0% for cash lodged in one of their current accounts. While it is not without blemish, Permanent TSB is offering a credit interest rate of 2.0% up to a maximum of €1,500 on their Switch Current Account. If you keep a balance of €1,500 per month in the account you'll make €30 in 12 months' time; not enough to retire to the south of France on, but better than a smack in the face.
Best Permanent TSB €30
Avoid Ulster Bank €0
contact permanenttsb.ie or call 1890 500 121
Mobile phone packages
The Irish certainly love their mobile phones; on average we each own 1.2 working handsets and you only have to look at the sponsorship packages thrown about by the three major operators to know that it's a profitable business. But now that the market is saturated the only way for mobile prices to go is up, so it's worthwhile shopping around. If you are a bill-pay customer and make 300 minutes worth of calls (90 per cent to other mobiles) and send 300 texts per month then there's a big difference in the cost between the operators. Meteor's 'Bill Pay Lite' will set you back a reasonable €42 per month while O2's 'Simplicity 150' will cost a whopping €59 per month.
Best Meteor Bill Pay Lite 30 €42.18
Avoid O2 Simplicity 150 €59.70
contact meteor.ie or call into one of their shops
Sky Sports at home
Since HBO's The Wire finished there's been few reasons to watch TV anymore. Thankfully there's plenty of sport coming up over the next year and, for soccer addicts, the Premiership starts up next Saturday. Trying to figure out the best value for digital TV with the Sky Sports package is as complex as trying to figure out the inner workings of the Department of Finance. All things taken into account, however, over the course of a year you'll save €107 with UPC for a basic HD package with Sky Sports 1-4 when compared with Sky Ireland's package.
Best UPC €657
Avoid Sky €764
contact www.upc.ie or call 1890 940 624