We look at the best value in soya milk, sleep, candles, mortgage protection and kids' dressing gowns
You've an allergy to dairy so anytime you drink cow's milk, your face breaks out in a rash. Looking like a Klingon out of Star Trek won't do - unless you want your hubby to walk out after only six weeks of marriage. (Now there's an idea). For 20 cartons of one litre of longlife sweetened soya milk - enough to keep you pretty for the month.
Best: €21.80 Tesco (Everyday Value own brand)
Avoid: €41.80 Tesco (Alpro Original)
Despite your best efforts, the GPS won't work in IKEA. But the savings you can make in this gigantic store are worth getting lost for. Besides, you'll do anything to stop your husband complaining about his bad back. A firm bed mattress could be the answer. For a six-foot super king pocket sprung mattress.
Best: €300 IKEA (Hovag mattress)
Avoid: €679 Harvey Norman (Sleep To Go 1000)
There's no point navigating around the IKEA maze unless you pick up something for yourself as well. Your house still reeks of dog since your sister came to stay for two weeks. She wouldn't hear of keeping her precious bulldog outdoors. You're still wiping up the drool. For 10 small scented candles in a glass - which should be enough to get the house smelling normal again.
Best: €12.50 IKEA (Sinnlig candle)
Avoid: €119.50 Arnotts (Yankee candle)
With people queueing up to buy a home, you've had to fork out more than you had wished to get your hands on one. You need to save money wherever you can. Let's start with the mortgage protection insurance. For joint life decreasing term cover on a 30-year mortgage of €400,000 for a 35-year-old male and a 34-year-old female who don't smoke.
Best: €37.16 per month Caledonian Life
Avoid: €50.28 per month Irish Life
Save: €4,723.20 over 30 years
Kids' dressing gowns
Your three-year-old has a great knack for rubbing his face into your trousers anytime he thinks it needs a clean. Now autumn is drawing in, it won't be long before his face is covered in snots - and by extension, your trousers. Time to do what you can to stop that happening. A cosy dressing gown should keep him warm as the evening chills sets in.
Best: €8 Heatons
Avoid: €13.50 Marks & Spencer
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