Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Consumer watch

Consumer watch

Good news for homeowners – property tax has been frozen for three years, allowing home valuations made in 2013 to remain valid until 2019. Originally, homeowners would have had to get an updated valuation in November 2016, however the Cabinet agreed to the changes this week.

Elsewhere, a recent survey has shown that one-third of smokers would be deterred from buying cigarettes as a result of the recent increase in tax in Budget 2016. The research, which was conducted by Empathy Research, also revealed that 80% of Irish adults don’t anticipate changing the amount they spend on grocery shopping. Nevertheless, 87% feel that supermarkets need to do more to ease their customers’ financial burdens.

Finally, are you thinking about switching where you do your weekly shop? This week, The Irish Times features an interesting piece about a Lidl shopper and another who prefers M&S, and challenges them to swap stores for a week. The results are both enlightening and entertaining.

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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.
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