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Travel smart with Lidl

Heading off on your holidays? Sorting your shampoo into tiny, airport-friendly plastic bottles before you go can be an annoyance, and you want to settle into your holidays when you arrive at your destination, rather than traipse through the local supermarket searching for shower gel and shampoo.

Lidl now has a range of handy travel-sized toiletries for 79c each, including 75ml shaving foam and 50ml body lotion, mouthwash and deodorant – you shouldn’t have to dump an array of plastic bottles when you go through security (though you might want to check with them first!).

Picnic at Rathwood

If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays, take away those tablets and bring them down to Rathwood in Co Carlow for the popular Teddy Bear picnic. If you book via Groupon you’ll get up to 47% off the entry price, with entry for one child and two adults for €13 (normally €10 per child plus €6 per adult). The kids will meet Goldilocks and the three bears, visit the Teddy Bear factory, hop on the Rathwood Express, and plenty more besides.

And, if you’re new to Groupon, you can get €10 off your first purchase by using the code SAVE10 at the checkout (you’ll have to buy something worth at least €25).

Kids go free

The Leap Card Kids Go Free campaign returns again this summer, providing two weeks of free public transport for under 19s, running from Monday July 25th to Sunday August 7th.

According to, eligible travellers holding a Child Leap card will travel for free on the Luas, Dublin Bus, Dart, certain commuter rail services in Dublin, and Bus Eireann routes both in the Greater Dublin Area, Galway, Waterford, Limerick and Cork.

The Leap cards can be bought online or at any Leap card agent.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.