RTÉ One, Monday 8.30pm (repeat)
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Programme 3

In Howth, the McGregor children, Sean and Fionn introduce us to their new pets - Lilly and Larry the chickens - who have just laid their first eggs.

When Dave and Laura in Stepaside have their first review with Conor, there's some good news. A month of clever and relatively painless cutting back has saved them over a thousand euros!

Meanwhile in Longford, Des has taken over the weekly shop, with decidedly mixed results.

Top Tips From Conor and Ella

Cutting Back

  • Know where your money is going and cut down on unnecessary spending.
  • Shop around for the best value
  • Be aware of how much things cost
  • Cut down on spontaneous shopping trips – you almost always end up buying stuff you neither need nor really want.
  • Make lists when you visit the supermarket – and stick to them.
  • Plan your meals in advance so you don’t end up throwing food away.

www.marymulvihill.net    Author of Drive Like a woman Shop like a Man


Skills Swopping & Bartering

  • Swop like for like
  • Be specific on what is and is not going to be included in swop
  • Do your research on the other party, ask for qualifications and references.
  • Be open to suggestions and counter offers - flexibility is the key.
  • Don't get hung up on the market rate for your skill, think of it in terms of how much you want what you are getting in return.




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  • Sign up, secure a name that suits you (e.g. john.blogspot.com) and get blogging!
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Clothes Swopping

  • Celebrate the idea of ‘new to you’
  • If you haven’t worn it for a year swop it!
  • Organise a clothes swop with friends- declutter and revamp your wardrobe for free



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