Saturday 16 December 2017

Make Me Richer

LOVE ME TENDER: But don't touch my sweets
LOVE ME TENDER: But don't touch my sweets

Paul O'Donoghue

Unlimited Broadband. It's almost Valentine's Day, and no doubt many of you are looking forward to spending a relaxing and enjoyable day with your significant other.

However, if you're like us in Make Me Richer towers, your evening is more likely to consist of binge watching House of Cards on Netflix while eating your body weight in ice cream and frozen yogurt. To ensure you can do just that, your broadband has to be in place. For an unlimited plan on a fixed-term contract:

Best: Vodafone, €35 a month (24-month contract)

Hmm: Magnet, €49.99 a month (18-month contract)

Save: €14.99 a month

www.vodafone.ie

Vacuum

However, say you are one of those who does have a significant other. All out of gift ideas? Well, we here at Make Me Richer have you covered. First up, a vacuum cleaner. Nothing sucks the love into a room quite like unwrapping a vacuum cleaner from your dearly beloved on Valentine's Day morning. And no doubt you'll want your gift to really suck, so why not pick up a Dyson DC 28c? Your spouse will thank you.

Best: €259.99, Arnotts

Hmm: €389, Debenhams Ireland

Save: €129.01

www.arnotts.ie

Lawnmower

If vacuuming on Valentine's Day doesn't tickle your partner's fancy, then what about cutting the grass? Summer may be a while away, but you can never get that garden in order too early, and nothing screams 'I love you' like mowing the lawn on the most romantic day of the year. And nothing oozes practicality and romance quite like a Black & Decker EMAX38i mower.

Best: €187.83, McMahons

Hmm: €204, Littlewoods Ireland

Save: €16.27

www.mcmahons.ie

Blender

Finally, the humble blender. While it doesn't provide quite as much of a romantic high as domestic cleaning products do, a blender still gives that key mix of practicality, style and 'wow' that most of us look for in a Valentine's Day present. The NutriBullet Extractor is among the best, and its patented extractor blades are sure to make almost anyone weak at the knees.

Best: €129, Debenhams Ireland

Hmm: 135, Littlewoods Ireland

Save: €6

www.debenhams.ie

Personal loan

So, how are you going to finance your extravagant purchases? Vacuums and blenders don't pay for themselves. How much does it cost to borrow €12,000 at a fixed interest rate over three years?

Best: €386.33 a month, Ulster Bank

Hmm: €398.66 a month, KBC

Save: €12.33 a month, €441.11 over entire loan term

www.ulsterbank.ie

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