Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

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Financial year in review

Have you experienced a lighter or heavier wallet in 2017? This week the Irish Independent’s Louise McBride takes a look back at some price hikes and drops over the course of the last 12 months, ranging from increases at the pumps to tax cuts in Budget 2018.

“Although some changes in 2017 have made a big difference to people financially, higher prices in a number of areas could see you ending the year on a worse financial foot than you started it on,” she writes.

Rule breach

RTÉ.ie reports that Three Ireland has been fined €575,000 for breaching switching rules. The issue dates back to March 2017 when the company announced that changes to its terms and conditions would come into effect from early April.

“Most of the complaints focused on customers inability to access a 1800 number provided by Three to enable customers to seek more information or cancel their service,” RTÉ reports. “Following an investigation of the proposed changes, ComReg also issued a Non-Compliance notice to Three Ireland around its obligations to customers.”

Crackers and pies

Doing your Christmas grocery shopping this week? From mince pies to Christmas crackers, The Irish Times‘ Conor Pope has penned a handy round-up of the best deals currently available for a range of Christmas goodies.

“These have a slightly less polished look than you might normally expect from M&S and they are all the better for that, as it lends them a real home-made feel. We could easily pass these off as our own if guests popped around over the festive period,” he writes of a six-pack of mince pies from Marks and Spencer.

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.