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Top Tips for Irish Consumers from Terry Prone

With many thanks to, and courtesy of, Ms. Terry Prone, a Director of the Communications Clinic, here’s the first of our series of Top Tips for Irish Consumers:

  1. I buy generic whenever I can get away with it. Why pay brand-name price for aspirin when you can get generic for half the price? Can’t always get away with it, though. The man in my life is a connoisseur of baked beans. How sad is that? Try to sneak anything other than Heinz onto his toast, and he spots and rejects it at first tasting.
  2. I make my own briquettes. Newspapers, fliers, envelopes and magazines get tossed into a barrel in the garage filled with water during the week to soak, and at the weekend, on go the rubber gloves to drag them out and squish them in a metal yoke which squeezes most of the water out of them. Left near the stove, they dry out in a week or so and provide great heat. Not to mention the sense of environmental virtue.
  3. Cooking five times as much soup or casserole as is needed for any one meal and freezing the leftovers sounds a great saver. I’ve never done the calculation on the cost of the power going into the freezer, though.
  4. I get up at 4.30 or 5 in the morning in order to get into the Port Tunnel while it costs €3. Sleep in, and it costs €12.
  5. Closing doors to keep the heat in a room. Every time I do it, it’s in response to the echo of my late father’s voice in my head: “Were you born in a barn?”
  6. Using a GreenCone for all organic kitchen waste. Doesn’t save that much money, but is good for the soil and keeps the cycle of use and re-use, if not on our own premises, at least in our own garden. (Coffee grounds get spread directly on the flower beds.)
  7. Cheap cat food. As long as it stinks to high heaven and has jelly in it, they love it.
  8. Wait until the paperback comes out. (This is more of a good resolution than a practice. Some writers are so good, I can’t wait a year.)
  9. Buy classic and don’t throw out. I have an ankle-length pure wool kilt that’s older than my son and looks new. The only problem is that I can fit in it only once every three years.
  10. Thinking twice about couriers. Time was, anything I wanted to send to anybody, I called a bike. These days, An Post gets most of my business.

The complete series listing of Top Tips for Irish Consumers is now available here.


Top Tips for Irish Consumers

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be publishing our series of Top Tips for Irish consumers as kindly supplied to us by some higher profile Irish consumers (offline and online).

We hope you’ll get some benefit from a different perspective to that provided by ValueIreland.com in the past. We have a series of our own new Top Tips planned for 2009 to help you through the times we’re experiencing.

In the meantime, enjoy the Top Tips for Irish Consumer, from Irish consumers in the coming days.


Top Tips for Irish Consumers

Don’t forget that you can send us in your Top Tips that you use in your own lives that we can share with everyone here starting in December.

We’re hoping to get a few well known people to give us their own personal tips as well that we’ll share with you through the coming month.

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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.

E-mail Us

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.


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