Top Tips for Consumers – Would you like to contribute?

Over the 5 years of ValueIreland.com, we’ve been compiling and publishing listings of Top Tips to help Irish consumers. From buying insurance to shopping around and from checking if a car is clocked to generally avoiding the pitfalls of “rip off Ireland”, we’ve provided useful hints and tips to make your life easier.

We’d now like to open this up to you.

We’re in the process of compiling a series of Top Tips from some better known Irish consumers – on and offline. But we’d also like your hints and secrets that you use to save yourself money, or to look after your personal finances? Are there some tricks or tips that you use when you’re out shopping or generally spending your hard earned cash?

Would you like to share those tips with the other ValueIreland.com readers?

We invite you to e-mail us with your own personal Top Tips. We’ll compile a listing and publish here on the site. We can give you full credit should you so desire, or we can keep your name private.

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Share your Top Tips with everyone by posting a comment below, or by sending them to the e-mail address available on our Contact page. Get them to us as soon as you can and we’ll begin our Top Tips series in a few days.

2 Responses to Top Tips for Consumers – Would you like to contribute?

  1. Brendan@NoNonsense November 24, 2008 at 09:54 #

    Hey guys. Great idea. My top tips when buying any type of insurance are:
    1. Make sure you shop around at renewal. It sounds obvious but most people still don’t.
    2. Make sure you don’t have more cover than you need. Every insurance product will have different options. Get the ones that suit your needs and pocket.
    3. Check that all your details are correct. For example you don’t want to be paying for cover for your car at its value this time last year. Also, if you got that gold watch your mother gave you valued, you might find it is worth more than you have it insured for.
    4. Ask about discounts. Based on your own circumstances, claims history etc you may be entitled to a discount. Most quote systems will ask you these questions in advance and automatically apply the discounts; but it is always worth checking.
    5. Check if you can vary the claims excess. Some insurance companies give you flexibility here. If you are happy that in the event of a claim you pay a greater amount yourself, then you could save a chunk on your annual premium.

    Hope this helps guys. Apologies if it is a bit long-winded.

  2. ValueIreland November 24, 2008 at 22:14 #

    Hi Brendan, that’s perfect – many thanks.

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