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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.

www.swoponomics.com
www.tenderme.ie
www.davemcardle.com

 

DIY WEBSITE

  • Instead of paying money to design & host a website, get a blog! It's free, easy and you can update it yourself.
  • All it takes is access to a computer and the web.
  • Free blogs are available on www.blogger.com andwww.wordpress.com
  • Sign up, secure a name that suits you (e.g. john.blogspot.com) and get blogging!
  • You can upload photographs, video and multimedia for free. 
  • For a professional look, secure a domain name such as www.john.com. Websites such as www.namesecure.com allow you to do this for as little as €7 a year.  
  • Then you can redirect your blog to www.john.com.  What you've now got is a free website with a professional looking web address. All for €7 per year!

 

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

www.swopshop.ie
www.swopadoodle.ie
www.whatsmineisyours.com
www.swishing.org 

 

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