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Thursday 23 January 2020

Make me richer: bargains from Beyonce to broadband

FAME AND FORTUNE: Beyonce caused a stir at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards
FAME AND FORTUNE: Beyonce caused a stir at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards

Aoife Valentine

This week's best buys: Beyonce's latest album, iPad insurance, a bag of ice, unlimited broadband, gas heating


Beyonce's performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards was quite the spectacle. Declaring herself a feminist during an epic 16-minute medley, there was no getting her show out of your head. If you don't want to, picking up her most recent, self-titled album will do the job.

Best €5.87

Avoid iTunes €14.99

Save €9.12


Your kids are heading back to school with shiny new iPads loaded with eBooks, instead of a school bag that weighs a tonne. However, even a case that promises to be indestructible may not hold up against the rough and tumble your child will put it through. For insurance on a 32GB iPad 4, including theft cover:

Best Gadget Insurance €4.99 per month

Avoid Zurich via Cornmarket €9.99 per month

Save €5 per month


You've avoided taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge so far, but with most of your friends now having completed it, you're bound to be nominated from the limited numbers left. If you have to throw iced water over your own head, it had better come cheap. For a standard 2kg bag of ice:

Best Tesco €0.85

Avoid Supervalu €0.99

Save €0.14



You've just moved out of home for the first time to head to college, and there are plenty of grown up utilities to sort out. If there's one thing you'll want to get hooked up before you've even found your new local to get your first pints in, it's your broadband. For an unlimited plan on an 18 month contract:

Best Vodafone €35 per month

Avoid UPC €20.50 per month for 6 months, €52 per month thereafter

Save €117 over 18 months



You've begrudgingly decided it's that time of year again when you could do with switching on the heating for an hour or two in the evening. After one of the stormiest winters ever last year, you're preparing for the inevitable this time around, even if that means the heating is blasting from September. For a standard plan, based on the average national usage, for gas heating paid by direct debit:

Best Flogas €853.49 per year

Avoid Bord Gais Energy €925.92 per year

Save €72.43

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