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ValueIreland on CheapEats.ie for Blogger Recommends

Check out CheapEats.ie from yesterday where Peter and Jean kindly invited me to take part in their Blogger Recommends series.

I’ve written about a few of my favourite places to eat, and about something that I think is missing still from the “eating out” scene around the country at the moment.

I had been worried about what people might have thought about my selections, but it seems my phraseology managed to cause the controversy rather than my tips for eating out. Check out the post here.

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Drinks prices in Ireland

I received this e-mail from a ValueIreland.com a while ago:

I would like to see you guys do some sort of survey on the pub industry, in particular in Dublin. Pubs are complaining about there not being enough people in the premises. I do not feel for them with their absolute rip off prices. For example recently I was the designated driver and was drinking red bull. I payed €5.60 for a can of it in the Hairy Lemon in Dublin and another time I payed €6.40 for a bottle of Corona in Dandeline nightclub. Is there anything we can do?

While keep up to date listings of prices is something that I don’t really have enough time for, I did notice that CheapEats.ie did publish a couple of posts on this issue in the last few weeks as well – the Cheapest Drinks in Ireland.

It’s quite interesting that given the amount of money that we, as a nation, spend regularly on our nights out, that there isn’t a sustained effort to keep track of drink prices around the country. I suppose, given the nature of the product, it’s unlikely that we’ll remember, or care, too much of what we paid the previous night when we wake up the next morning.

There have been a couple of efforts in the past, including one that was revived in the CheapEats.ie post referred to above – the DublinPubScene.com. This site looks like it started around 2003 and then stopped in 2005.

Around about that time too was DrinkFeckGirls, started in 2003, that attempted to track alcohol prices across the country. It didn’t really last all that long either.

These kind of sites depend wholly on user input which can be hard to maintain. I wonder would a site like Pumps.ie be set up in such a way that it could easily change from tracking the price of a litre of petrol to the price of a pint? That would give the framework, but there’s still the problem of gathering user feedback.

Maybe some sort of enticement? Some sort of loyalty or reward points for every price submitted? Some sort of reward scheme would probably needed to maintain interest long enough to have the site contain enough valid, and up to date, information to stand on it’s own.

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The Internet Can Save you Bundles

Irish News of the World

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Diarmuid MacShane

The Internet Can Save you Bundles

The past 6 months have seen some amazing online developments that are helping consumers save money on all sorts of purchases.

One of the best for online bargains, apart from www.ValueIreland.com obviously, is the Boards.ie Bargain Alerts forum where users log on daily to share information of where the best bargains can be found around the internet. There’s a huge range of bargains available on the site each week.

Before doing your weekly food shopping, you should make sure you check out the websites of the grocery retailers who all provide weekly updates on their special offers. Some, including Aldi, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, will even e-mail you weekly with their offers.

One of my favourite sites at the moment is CheapEats.ie. It’s relatively new, but it already has some fantastic information on how to get great food in these tough times. The site provides updates on special restaurant and shops food offers available around the country.

The site also has some great money saving top tips on how to cook for yourself.

The ValueIreland.com links page has more sites that will help you save even more money using the web.

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Cheapeats.ie – another great resource for Irish consumers

Yesterday I introduced you to DualPricing.ie which will be a great resource for you in the minefield that is the sterling to euro conversion rate controversy.

Today, it’s the turn of CheapEats.ie. Already, in its short existence, Jean and Peter have provide some fantastic information for their readers. From their About page:

CheapEats is a blog about eating well in Ireland while getting value for money. We cover everything from cheap and delicious snacks, to high-end restaurants that are worth every penny.

CheapEats features:

* recipes
* restaurant reviews
* current bargains and tips for food shopping
* news on food and the credit crunch
* online resources for foodies
* cookbook reviews
* readers’ recipes and tips

We are interested in sustainable, healthy, low-fat, organic, ethical and fairtrade foods, but will also write about how nice burgers are and where to get good value on Rancheros and other processed treats. Moderation in all things!

CheapEats is a resource for everyone interested in food and value in Ireland, and we invite user submissions and feedback.

Check it out – it’s another great site for the hard-pressed Irish consumer.

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