Thrifty News Digest February 18, 2013

  • Horsemeat, weather and the euro to bump up shopping bill
    Putting food on the table has never been a luxury. Yet the recession – along with the last six austerity budgets to hit this country – has forced the average household to slash the amount spent on groceries by almost €500 a year.
  • How costly are letting agents?
    Due to financial circumstances I am moving back in with my parents who live in Cork while renting out my Dublin apartment. Travel between the two will be awkward and I understand that some letting agents charge a fee to manage tenants on your behalf. How much would I expect to pay for this service and are there any downsides?
  • Plan to cut big state pensions populist, say retired officials
    A GROUP representing 11,000 retired public servants has described a minister’s comments that cuts to big state pensions are inevitable as “populist”.
  • Credit unions face losing millions after Anglo Irish liquidation
    CREDIT unions across the country face millions in losses following the Government’s decision to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank, the Irish Independent has learned.

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