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# Bills Bills Bills
It costs over €17,000 per year to run a house - just under half the average wage
People who took out a 90% mortgage this year are likely to pay out €11,000 per year.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# What a waste
'Who is going to pick it up?': Donohoe hits back at those trying to block new bin charges scheme
Both Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have tabled motions on the issue.
# rage against the machine
19 thoughts every Irish person has had about The F**king Dishwasher
The single most stressful item in any home or office.
# Finances
Struggling with debt? You could be insolvent - but not realise it
The Insolvency Services said that it has met many people who don’t realise they are insolvent.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question*: Should you heat up plates before dinner?
Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# want want want
Dyson's first ever robotic vacuum cleaner is probably smarter than you are*
*Maybe not but it does see more than you do.
Households in just four counties have more disposable income than average
CSO figures also found that the gap between the highest and lowest disposable incomes has widened.
# eau de wha
9 of the worst smells found in every Irish household
And, no, we don’t mean the ones that occasionally come from your beloved partner.
# safety warning
'Furniture Inferno' mattress sold on Irish market, investigation finds
A BBC investigation revealed products sold on the UK market that did not conform to safety specifications.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question*: Do you put the spoon back in the sugar after stirring?
Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# sponsored by IKEA
7 creative ways to involve your kids around the house
Looking for clever ways to get your kids helping out? Look no further.
# hive of activity
Hundreds of mini-robot cleaners could clean your house in a jiffy
Award-winning idea came after designer observed the movements of swarms of bees pollinating flowers.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question*: Do you preheat the oven?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# chore thing
7 life hacks to use around the house
Household chores just got A LOT simpler.
# how to
Getting a broken key out of a lock and other DIY annoyances
Video ‘how to’ guides that you might find helpful…
Column: Tenants shouldn't pay the price for landlords struggling with mortgage repayments
There’s a crisis in the buy-to-let sector due to landlords falling into mortgage arrears and innocent tenants are getting caught in the chaos. Receivers have to realise people renting properties are not commodities, writes Bod Jordan.
# Crash
Young people 'bear burden of financial crisis'
A new ESRI publication says that young households were more likely to become unemployed and many purchased a home prior to the crash.
Column: How spring cleaning can improve your happiness and productivity
The spring clean tradition gives us an opportunity to start afresh, get organised, and reassess things. Here’s how to do it, writes Ciara Conlon.
# Property Tax
McDonald criticises plan to take property tax from bank accounts
The Sinn Féin TD said the idea was “simply wrong” at a time when households are experiencing financial distress.
# new boss
Benedict's closest confidant to hold dual role under new pope
Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s personal secretary, will keep his old job but will also oversee the new pope’s household.
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Do you let dishes air dry... or use tea towel?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# that's gift
7 completely pointless* gadgets for the person who has everything
*Well, pretty much.
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Hot or cold milk on cereal?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Household charge
Dún Laoghaire stays top of Household Charge compliance table
The latest figures for a county-by-county breakdown show just over a third of homes have still not registered.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you paid the household charge yet?
Some householders are receiving warning letters in error but have you paid the €100 tax yet?
# Household charge
'Tens of thousands' of household charge warning letters sent in error
The agency responsible for administering and collecting the charge says that householders who have received a letter but have paid the charge should contact them.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you try to shop in Irish-owned supermarkets?
Study shows that chains like Tesco, Aldi and Lidl are experiencing more growth than homegrown Irish chains – do you make a conscious choice to shop in Irish supermarkets?
# Your Say
Poll: Have you turned on your heating yet?
With energy price hikes kicking in soon and temperatures falling, are you switching on the timer – or holding off as long as possible?
# Work Can Wait
The burning question*: Do you keep the foil lids on butter?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# household and family
Marriage in Ireland rose by nearly 10 per cent in just 5 years - CSO
The latest release from the Central Statistics Office delves into how Ireland’s households and families have changed since 2006.
# packaging
In numbers: Ireland's growing recycling trend
Some 208,000 tonnes of household packaged was recovered last year.
# Own Brand
Consumers turning to discount shops and own brands for groceries
Latest Kantar figures show strong growth for Tesco in last quarter, while Aldi and Lidl are increasing their market share.
# Bills Bills Bills
Number of people having gas and electricity cut off has tripled
Almost 7,000 customers had their gas or electricity disconnected in the first three months of this year.
# Energy Index
Energy Index jumps in July with increases for oil, coal and electricity
The latest Bord Gáis Energy Index cites supply issues and eurozone weakness as pushing fuel up.
# Pricey
The EU's most expensive place for cigarettes and alcohol last year? Ireland
Ireland ranked overall as the fifth most expensive place for consumer goods and services last year.
# Lending
Household loans and mortgage lending down in April
Latest figures from the Central Bank show that the level of lending to Irish households continued to decline last month.
# Work Can Wait
The burning question*: liquid handwash or bar of soap?
This and very Monday, let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)