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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Finances

Almost a third of consumers are planning to borrow to fund Christmas this year
The average expected spend this Christmas is lower than last year, according to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
This week
3rd December 2023 - 5th December 2023
Money Diaries: A data analyst on €61K living in Co Laois
This week, our reader feels lucky to have bought a house with his wife after years of saving, and wants to be a bit less strict with spending going forward.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Money Diaries: A company secretary on €81K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is busy working from home and balancing income and spending.
Last month
November 2023
Money Diaries: An eCommerce agent on €44K living outside of Dublin due to house prices
This week, our reader has moved back in with her parents in order to save money to buy a house with her partner.
Money Diaries: A software manager on €75K living in Tipperary
This week, our reader is busy working full time but also taking on a second role to keep the money coming in.
Opinion: Budget 2024 mortgage tax relief - is it too little, too late?
The budgetary measure of support for mortgage holders is welcome, but inadequate, says Mark Coan.
October
October 2023
Money Diaries: An accountant on €73K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is busy juggling socialising and working and wondering where all the money goes.
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by rising costs? Would you like to keep a diary for us?
We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
Money Diaries: A software engineer on €62K living in Dublin and saving for a home
This week, our reader is working and hiking and trying not to overdo the supermarket visits.
Budget 2024: Here are the main points you need to know
The Government has confirmed a range of measures.
Pensions: Confusion and delay - when will the auto-enrolment train arrive at the station?
Ralph Benson of Moneycube looks at the planned changes to pensions and has some advice for employees and employers.
Money Diaries follow-up: A data scientist on $175K who has moved to the US for work
This week, our reader revisits the money diary after keeping one in 2020. Life has changed a lot.
Money Diaries: A 23-year-old mechanical engineer on £40K living in London
This week, our reader is working hard and playing for the local GAA club in London while trying not to spend too much socialising with friends.
This year
2023
Money Diaries follow-up: A student air traffic controller on €24K living in Shannon
This week, our reader revisits her spending habits in her second Money Diary and finds out she’s doing OK.
Money Diaries: A nurse on €40K living in Dublin and saving to buy a home
This week, our reader is busy juggling night shifts for work and trying to catch sleep and not spend too much.
Money Diaries: A delivery driver on €25K living in Co Carlow
This week, our reader is busy during working hours and caring for his daughter at weekends.
Money Diaries: A 22-year-old kitchen assistant living at home in the south of the country
This week, our reader is conscious of spending and trying to be careful with finances.
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by rising costs? Would you like to keep a diary for us?
We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
Money Diaries: A part-time adult tutor on low and infrequent pay living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy getting to the gym and managing finances on a low budget.
Money Diaries: A 37-year-old fibre surveyor on €28K still living at home with parents
This week, our reader travels all over the country for work and is trying to balance being healthy and relaxing.
Money Diaries: A 30-year-old accountant on $88K living and working in the Cayman Islands
This week, our reader is enjoying working abroad and planning to settle back in Ireland early next year.
Money Diaries follow-up: A 25-year-old legal executive on €36K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is revisiting the Money Diaries format to see how their saving and spending are going.
Money Diaries: A newly set up business owner on €36K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is loving life as a newly set up business owner and finds the work-life balance working for them.
Money Diaries: A 32-year-old architect on €67K living and house-hunting in Dublin
This week, our reader is facing into the long road of trying to find a home in Dublin, battling all the other bidders.
Money Diaries follow-up: A HR staff member on €47K living in Co Offaly
This week, our reader is doing something different and revisiting their spending, three years after their first Money Diary.
Money Diaries: A financial consultant on €50K living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy working from home and dreaming of their next trip abroad.
Money Diaries: A 26-year-old software engineer on £75K living in London
This week, our reader sees himself returning to Ireland eventually, but doesn’t see the point at the moment with costs being almost as expensive as London.
RTÉ confirms Ryan Tubridy earned €345k more over six years than previously disclosed
Tubridy said he was “surprised” at the RTÉ pay revelations but “can’t shed any light” on what went wrong
Tubridy's earnings were understated by €345,000 since 2017.
The presenter has said he's surprised by the revelations and 'can't shed any light' on what went wrong
Money Diaries: A civil engineer and farmer on €75K living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy running his farm and working as an engineer, while also building his own home.
Money Diaries: A manager at an NGO on €53K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is busy juggling work, household and gardening.
Money Diaries: A therapist on €47K living in the midwest of the country
This week, our reader is a great believer in Revolut vaults and is using that system effectively to plan trips and stay organised.
Money Diaries: A 25-year-old recruitment consultant on €40K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is trying to manage income versus living in an expensive city.
Money Diaries: A 48-year-old procurement manager on €105K living in Leinster
This week, our reader is busy juggling family life with full time work and spending.
Money Diaries: A 24-year-old junior health and safety officer on €42K living in Dublin
This week, our reader is enjoying life working and socialising while trying to save for a home.
Analysis: Is the global economy resilient enough to handle its high levels of debt?
Economist Victor Duggan looks at the level of debt internationally and ask if the global economy can manage it.
Money Diaries: A HR specialist on €57K living in Limerick and saving for a deposit for a house
This week, our reader is busy with family and trying not to spend too much on food.
Money Diaries: A 26-year-old IT apprentice on €25K living in Dublin
This week, our reader recently moved back home with her parents after renting privately in the city centre became too expensive.
Money Diaries: A 28-year-old consultant on €120K living in the United Arab Emirates
This week, our reader documents life in the Middle East where the cost of living is high but work pays for a lot.
Money Diaries: Have you been affected by rising costs? Would you like to keep a diary for us?
We are asking readers to keep a Money Diary to let us know how your spending and savings are changing.
'What does that front row cost in terms of salary? You're looking at €1.5 million'
Leinster’s financial power was discussed on The 42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.