Thrifty News Digest March 7, 2011

  • Struggle to pay bills is about to get much worse

    THE President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, shocked us all last week when he suggested that the next ECB rate hike could be as early as this April. There are already 60,000 homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages.

  • What will the ECB rate rises mean to your mortgage?

    THE Independent Mortgage Advisers Federation (IMAF) has done the sums to show how much more you will pay for your mortgage if the ECB rate rises.

  • Lecky prices set to fall after ruling
    Some rare good news for consumers today. The ESB could reduce electricity prices by as much as 10 per cent within weeks following a decision of the energy sector regulator to open up fully the domestic electricity market early next month. The announcement yesterday by the Commission for Energy Regulation will allow the ESB to match […]
  • Buddy can you spare €800 a month?
    How easy would it be for you to find an additional €800 a month just to keep a roof over your head? Most people, already hit by a double whammy of pay cuts and tax increases in recent months, would struggle to cobble together the cash. But with the European Central Bank (ECB) giving its […]
  • Give your wallet a break on holiday
    From trawling the internet for flights and apartments to skipping dessert and splashing out on secret deals, here’s 10 ways to spend less on holiday 1 Real staycationing We need to clear something up straight away. A staycation does not mean renting a cottage in Connemara and living off chowder and stout for a fortnight. That’s just […]
  • What recession — as good times continue to roll for the over-50s

    NO recession here, thank you very much, seems to be the mantra of older people.

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