Monday 18 December 2017

Smart Spender: The latest top deals and special offers

Selected Dorma bedspreads are reduced to €60, and the matching duvet covers are 50% off at
Selected Dorma bedspreads are reduced to €60, and the matching duvet covers are 50% off at
This gazebo forms part of a €140 deal from Arro Stores, comprising the 3ft square gazebo, a sturdy foldup table and six chairs.
Recycled cardboard pots, €1.49,
Salter Spiraliser, Argos Ireland, €23.99

Caitríona Redmond

Pop-up garden  party, anyone?

Maybe the good weather over the last few weeks has you thinking of getting the garden set up for a summer party. Or perhaps you're celebrating a special occasion and would like to hold it outdoors. This deal from Arro offers great, practical value. Comprising six fold-up padded chairs, a party folding table, and a 3m x 3m gazebo, everything can be packed away into a small space with ease. The party table in particular is very sturdy and is a great investment (we've had similar for years). Costing just €140 for all eight items (six chairs, one table, and one gazebo), it's a great example of how supporting your local hardware store can reap benefits. Arro stores are located nationwide and you can find out more information by visiting

Twisty magic

If you've never heard of spiralising before, basically it's a method of shaving/cutting a vegetable until it turns into spirals. The method is quite popular with those trying to cut down on carbohydrates/calories in their diet because vegetables can be cut into spirals and used in classic dishes as a replacement for higher calorie options. So for example, spiralised courgette is a substitute for wheat spaghetti in a spaghetti bolognese.

The key to spiralising is having the right tool, and this Salter Spiraliser is great value from Argos Ireland at the moment for only €23.99. For more information see Argos stores nationwide, and check stock on

Mid-season sale gems at Arnotts

Running for the whole month of April, the Arnotts mid-season sale offers real value on quality products. You might need slightly deeper pockets to invest in the likes of a Draining Stellar Saucepan Set of five, priced at €169.95, but they are reduced from €419.95 which makes the saucepan set better than half price. You're making a long-term investment here as Stellar saucepans are great quality. When it comes to the bedlinen on sale, selected Dorma bedspreads are reduced to €60, and the matching duvet covers are 50% off. Once again, quality at a great price. The great news is that you don't need to travel to Dublin to avail of the sale, as it's available both online and in store. See for more details.

Digging up budget gardening tools

The new Charlie Dimmock gardening range from Dealz promises an awful lot given that each item costs just €1.49. While some of the gardening items might be a bit light for the avid gardener (the gloves are just too lightweight for prolonged use), others offer better value. I particularly like the pressure sprayer and can't believe the price, given it works just as well as others that are far more expensive. Also worth checking out is the Firefly Solar light, and the recycled cardboard pots which are ideal for starting seedlings at this time of the year. For more information on the range visit or see in stores nationwide.

Irish Independent

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