Tuesday 24 April 2018

No bubbly in budget-land, just bargain fruit 'n' veg

The recession-proof people don't seem to get what life is really like for those on the other side, writes Carol Hunt

NO EXTRAVAGANCE: Carol Hunt shops carefully to keep to a budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney
NO EXTRAVAGANCE: Carol Hunt shops carefully to keep to a budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

TWICE last week I was informed that champagne sales are up in Ireland. Once, by a man in the trade who cared less about the fact that this rather benefits the French more than us because, he crowed: "It means the money's back. People are spending!"

Fantastic, I thought drily, I must get my order in for a Christmas crate of Dom P before they're all sold out. Imagine if I had to make do with M&S cava – how embarrassing would that be?

All last week I was hearing that the good times are coming back; house prices – at least in Dublin – are shooting up, unemployment is down (if you don't count emigration or job schemes), restaurants are full and the queue to buy bespoke caramelised onion relish (only a fiver a jar) at your local farmers' market is only out the door.

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