Writing in the Irish Independent, John Cradden notes the rise in the “sharing economy” that has seen people swapping homes for holidays, car-sharing and much more. For example, although many people may think of bartering as something that died out in the Middle Ages, it’s still very much alive and well in Ireland today, particularly in smaller communities around the country.
Elsewhere, consumers in Ireland are paying Europe’s most expensive prices for alcohol – 70% more than the average price. That’s according to the latest figures from Eurostat, which also shows that Ireland has the dubious honour of having the fifth highest overall consumer prices in the EU.
Finally, in this week’s Irish Times, Conor Pope offers some handy tips on how to enjoy thrifty holidays, including advice on where to change money, luggage weight, taking advantage of public transport services and more.