Me and my money: Sarah McGovern
A second home in Portugal, world travel and high parking costs all prove a drain on model finances
MODEL Sarah McGovern found a property investment in Portugal draining on her cash funds.
"After saving with the SSIA scheme, myself and my husband Kenny bought an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal. It was two painful years of building plans, mortgages, paperwork and problems. However, it's all sorted now and we are allowed five weeks a year there and the rest of the time it's rented out. But would you believe we haven't even seen it yet? Hopefully, this summer, though," she said.
"After that any savings went on our wedding and now we are just back from travelling around South America. I'm trying to get lots of travelling done before any sign of children and meanwhile am giving my husband grey hair from all my plans.
"Parking is probably my biggest waste of money. Because of the nature of my job, I am most likely never in the same place more than once a week. I have a bag of shoes constantly in my boot for work and a lot of the time you have to arrive at the job looking your best so waiting at the Luas or bus stops in our weather doesn't help matters.
"We have a lovely apartment in Dublin but if I could be selfish and buy anything regardless of price I'd love to have a nice house. It doesn't have to be a mansion, just big enough to be very comfortable in, with a nice garden, near the countryside but not too far from the city either."
- Sarah McGovern is an ambassador for the National Spring Clean campaign, Ireland's largest voluntary anti-litter initiative www.nationalspringclean.org.