Thrifty News Digest December 9, 2013

  • Central Bank wary of capping rates
    The Central Bank has said that any moves to cap the cost of loans from Irish moneylenders would need to be taken carefully.
  • Drawbacks to going it alone
  • New EU laws will help online shoppers deal with retailers
    Irish consumers will be the biggest spenders in Europe this Christmas season according to a recent eBay survey, with an average spend of €512.43 each. A large portion of this figure looks set to be spent online with 55 per cent of Irish consumers expected to turn to the internet in search of that perfect Christmas gift.
  • Make 2014 the year to tackle the family finances
    New year resolutions are hateful things. They sit there, a constant reminder of failure, a sneer at your shortcomings; that’s why they should never be left until the new year. So think of household budgeting as a lifestyle change of which habit and apathy are the enemy. If it all seems insurmountable, here are 10 baby steps that can lead to super savings in 2014.
  • Health plans benefit from careful examination
    EVERY day I speak with people concerned about the cost of their private health insurance. They ask for my advice and quite simply I urge them, where possible, to hold on to their cover – but to know exactly what they are paying for.

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