Saturday 18 November 2017

Finance guru Charlie's new book can help you stop being ripped off

Karl Deeter and Charlie Weston at the launch of their new book at Hodges and Figgis in Dublin last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
Karl Deeter and Charlie Weston at the launch of their new book at Hodges and Figgis in Dublin last night. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gavin White

Finance guru Charlie Weston has released a new book to help consumers avoid rip-offs and bad deals.

The book, written by the Irish Independent journalist with finance expert Karl Deeter and called 'This Book is Worth €25,000', was launched yesterday in Hodges Figgis on Dublin's Dawson Street.

"We're trying to equip people in a fightback and make a fist of avoiding rip-offs because we're getting pummelled in this country from bad deals," Mr Weston said.

"It's an easy-to-follow guide in ways to fix your finance. You can improve your finances every time by getting a deal, whether it's health insurance, motor insurance, mortgages, you name it," he added.

There's 50 short chapters that provide a step-by-step guide where you're told the problem, how to fix it, the length of time it will take you, the difficulty level and some tips.

"There's all sorts of tricks. You can dip into it, you can dip out of it," Mr Weston added.

"The idea is just to arm the ordinary consumer out there so they can get better value because we overpay for everything in this country, we're the second most expensive country in Europe."

Co-author Mr Deeter joked the book would "provide you with a cure for insomnia".

"It was extremely enjoyable to work with Charlie on it, he's a complete professional in what he does and I needed that," he said.

Conor Nagle, a commissioning editor for Gill Books, said: "What makes it really unique is that the two guys are approaching it from the perspective of not wanting to be totally comprehensive.

"It's all about the practical approach and keeping it as accessible as possible," he said.

Irish Independent

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