Tuesday 17 July 2018

Mobile phones

Most of us are terrible at changing mobile networks -- like banks, the mobile providers know you're unlikely to change if they get you young. But you can save a significant amount on your bill by shopping around. If you spend 40 minutes a day, seven days a week on your phone during peak times and send an average of 10 texts per day, you could save a wad of cash by switching your provider.

Best: eMobile -- €59

Avoid: Meteor -- €81.32

Savings: €267.84 per year

Compare at www.callcosts.ie

contact www.emobile.ie

Home broadband

If you're a heavy internet user, either working from home or your children are always online in the evenings, it's worth looking at alternatives for your home broadband provider. We compared prices for a family broadband package in Rathmines, Dublin 6, but you can check your exact area online at www.bonkers.ie

Best: UPC -- €465 in year one

Avoid: Magnet Bolt -- €779.88 in year one

Savings: €314.88

contact www.upc.ie

Lump sum savings

If you've managed to set aside a rainy day fund in case of emergency, well done to you. While most savers pop cash into whatever savings account their bank offers, it's well worth your while looking around for the best savings account for your hard-earned loot. Over 12 months the difference in the best and worst instant access savings accounts can be significant on a lump sum of €10,000. Get your money working for you.

Best: KBC Smart Demand -- €325

Avoid: Ulster Bank Easy Access -- €1

Savings: €324

contact www.kbc.ie

Dublin Airport parking

Thanks to the DAA monopoly, for decades the cost of car parking at Dublin Airport was exorbitant. Thanks to competition from local hotels and websites like www.parksmart.ie, the airport is starting to compete. Book online this summer and you can park your car in the short-term car park for two weeks for just €89.95. Make sure to book online though -- try to do the same when you drive up and you'll get a nasty shock when you get back from Menorca.

Best: Book online -- €89.95

Avoid: Drive-up rates -- €560

Savings: €470.05

contact www.dublinairport.com

All-Ireland Hurling Final hotels

If you believe in your county's chances in the hurling championship -- and if you have tickets -- you should book your hotel room soon. Hotel prices traditionally shoot up in the capital on this weekend, especially in the vicinity of Croke Park. Some of the best deals are to be had in the leafy environs of Dublin 4 -- and even the short taxi journey across the Liffey can't make a dent in the savings. Our prices are based on a three-night stay.

Best: Tara Towers -- €186

Avoid: Croke Park Hotel -- €458

Savings: €272

contact www.taratowers.com

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