Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Consumer watch

Consumer watch

Home or work?

Are you a stay-at-home parent considering a return to work? Writing in The Irish Times this week, Fiona Reddan discusses the financial implications of such a move, including salary, childcare costs and tax. Reddan provides a handy breakdown of potential taxation issues and your entitlements, should you choose to return to the workplace or remain at home.

“It’s a strange conundrum: you did the sums and figured the family could survive with just one salary. Now you’re considering going back into the workforce, and are left wondering why the sums don’t necessarily stack up in your favour,” she writes.

Costly car insurance

It seems like car insurance is perennially on our minds and in the media, though it’s not surprising – after all, Irish consumers continue to face rising premiums (often for no clear reason), struggling to afford the latest hike.

The Irish Independent’s Louise McBride is one of those who recently received a higher renewal quote in the post; she weighs up the benefits of going direct or through a broker, and offers some tips on reducing your next premium.

Tesco recall

Finally, Tesco has issued a recall for Tesco Cheeses of Ireland Wicklow Blue, due to fears that the product may contain Listeria. Consumers are requested to return products with use by dates of 23/02/2017 and 25/02/2017.

Earlier this month the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued a warning about a batch of hummus sold in Avoca, also due to concerns over the presence of Listeria. “As a precautionary measure, Tesco is recalling the above batches of Tesco Cheeses of Ireland Wicklow Blue, due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tesco is issuing point of sale recall notices requesting customers who have bought an implicated batch to return it to their store,” it said this week.

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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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