For more than five years, the PriceWatch column in this newspaper has been guiding readers through the pitfalls of shopping, as well as seeking out the best in value and quality for consumers. Now that its editor, Conor Pope, has distilled his wisdom in book form, there’s really no excuse for not making some changes to your finances that can result in serious money savings.
Stop Wasting Your Money promises to cut your bills by anywhere between €1,000 and €3,000 in a year, simply by following Conor’s month-by-month advice. It’s a mixture of the so-obvious-we-don’t-do it, such as shaving hundreds of euro off your insurance or health bills by one phone call, to the oh-really!-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before?
In the latter vein, I didn’t know you could access freeview TV satellite stations including all the BBCs and ITVs for the price of a €100 dish and a bit of wiring. Or that chicken pieces with the skin on are half the price of skinless pieces. Ok, maybe I did know the last one but just don’t want to get my hands dirty.
Written with a light touch, Stop… isn’t hectoring or judgmental (as Conor writes, “that’s what Eddie Hobbs is for”). At the end of your year’s belt-tightening, he reckons you deserve to blow the savings on a nice holiday. That we like. A snip at €9.99.
Having just finished Twenty Majors The Order of the Phoenix Park, I’m moving onto another book by a blogger. I’ll leave the introductions to the authors journalistic colleague Paul Cullen, also of the Irish Times, from Saturdays Irish Times Magazine (sub required):