Tuesday 21 November 2017

'I chance my arm trying to get airport upgrades'


Laura Woods
Laura Woods
Independent.ie Business Desk

Laura Wood is a presenter on East Coast FM's breakfast show Freshly Squeezed. She has worked with the Wicklow radio station for more than 10 years. Wood and her friend Aisling Kemp were stars on TV3's latest series of Googlebox.

Wood, who lives in Greystones with her husband and three children, also works as a voiceover artist.

She is starring in Dancing at Lughnasa - the Brian Friel play which kicked off in Greystones Theatre last Thursday and has its final show today.

What's the most important lesson about money which your career in broadcasting has taught you?

Nothing is permanent. Media work is very intermittent so it's best not to be too frivolous with money wherever possible.

Having said that, I'm not very good with money. I can be quite impulsive. I have the attitude that you may as well spend your money, as life's too short and you don't know where you'll be tomorrow.

What's the most expensive thing about being a parent?

Holidays. I went to price a family holiday abroad this year and I couldn't believe the cost. So my sister, who lives in Madrid, will be getting another visit!

What's your favourite Irish coin?

The old 2p coin. I used to play 'Heads or Tails' when I was little and in that game, you'd always get what you wanted with the larger 2p coin.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

My Volkswagen Touareg. Before I bought that car, I always had rubbish cars - the Automobile Association man knew me by name. It's the first decent car I bought.

What was your worst job?

I worked in Australia when I was younger and I had a telesales job where I sold a horse-racing prediction programme. That was a horrific job - even worse than the job I had as a kitchen porter.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

The Volkswagen Touareg. It has caused me a lot of trouble - even though it's a new car.

What was your best financial killing?

I'm hoping that our house in Greystones will be our best financial killing.

With the property market the way it is, and if it is to be believed that Greystones is the place to buy, I'm hoping our house will go up in value.

Android or iPhone?

I have an iPhone and the only reason I have one is because I've always used one. I find Apple can be quite annoying - I have an Apple iMac and it drives me bonkers.

But I'm used to the iPhone and I think I'd need a retraining programme if I were to switch to Android.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

Yes - only a week after I bought my first car. I was practising driving in my local estate and coming to terms with the difference between the clutch and the brake - and I bumped into a Mercedes of all things.

iTunes or Spotify?

Spotify. I love sharing playlists.

What was the last thing you bought online?

A present for myself - for a significant birthday.

Would you buy Irish property now?

Yes - if the bank would allow it. Now is as good a time as any to buy property.

Even though prices have started to go up, I believe prices will keep climbing.

Cash or card?

Card every time. I never have cash.

Do you ever haggle?

Haggle, barter and trade - much to my husband's annoyance, I do all three!

I even chance my arm trying to get upgrades at airports.

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