Thursday 12 December 2019

Make me richer: A cosier winter with a home cinema

Home cinema

HAIL OUR NEW APE OVERLORDS: Make the living room a bit cosier by screening ‘Dawn of Planet of The Apes’. Just don’t let the pets get any ideas
HAIL OUR NEW APE OVERLORDS: Make the living room a bit cosier by screening ‘Dawn of Planet of The Apes’. Just don’t let the pets get any ideas

Paul O’Donoghue

You've decided that, with winter coming up, it's time to make the house a bit cosier. And what better way than to have a mini-cinema in your living room?

As long as your place is big enough, a projector can give you that big cinema experience while watching your favourite Christmas flicks in the comfort of your own home.  The Optoma HD141X is one of the better models you can get your hands on, and you can also make big savings if you shop around.

Best: €569, Komplett

Hmm: €669.99, Richer Sounds

Save: €100.99

www.komplett.ie

 

Pebble smartwatch

You've just dropped €1,000 on a brand new iPhone 6, and you're feeling pretty good, despite the lightness of your wallet. You're tech savvy, you're down with the kids. Then your friend reads you out his heartbeat from his new Pebble smartwatch, and starts checking his emails. Time to upgrade again.

Best: €129.99, PC World

Hmm: €139.99, Littlewoods Ireland

Save: €10

www.pcworld.ie

 

Travel insurance

You've always dreamed of taking a jaunt for a few months around Europe with a couple of pals, but you've never quite got around to it. When you finally do get yourself in gear, you'll be happy to know that, if you're under 65 and also have medical insurance, you can almost halve the cost of travel insurance for Europe for the whole year.

Best: €17.95, Mulititrip.com Essential Cover

Hmm: €35, SuperValu

Save: €17.05

www.multitrip.com

 

Mobile broadband

You're a 20-year-old student on your way into a lecture and you've completely forgotten your economics essay worth 60pc of your overall mark. Oops. Dublin Bus Wifi just isn't doing the job, so it's a good thing that you've got mobile broadband. On a 12- month contract, both eMobile and Vodafone will give you an allowance of 10 gigabytes a month, but the price is where their similarities end.

Best: €182.88 over 12 months, eMobile

Hmm: €238.80 over 12 months, Vodafone

Save: €55.92 over 12 months

www.emobile.ie

 

Washing machine

After coming home from a long day's work to find your kitchen practically underwater, you finally break down and admit that your old, leaky washing machine has had enough. You decide to get a fancy German Bosch Avantixx WAQ283S1, and depending on where you buy, you can save yourself hundreds.

Best: €469, Electro City

Hmm: €699, Littlewoods Ireland

Save: €230

www.electrocity.ie

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