Should you read all the terms and conditions or totally ignore them? Or  simply check for key words and phrases that might trip you up? Photograph: iStockphoto

Do you have the cop-on it takes to be among Ireland’s most savvy shoppers?

Of those who switched services, 15 per cent changed their gas or electricity suppliers. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says number switching has fallen

‘Significant engagement’ in recent months between Government, Pdforra

Striking Bus Éireann workers outside Busaras in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann strike enters its second day with no talks planned over the weekend

Chairman of Retail Ireland Conor Whelan: “Irish retailers remain optimistic about the future, with the majority having ambitions to develop, invest in and expand their businesses in the next three years.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Retail Ireland report offers strategy for years up to 2020 against backdrop of Brexit

Ryanair has contacted all customers booked to travel on Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd

Online opps to go down on Wednesday and Thursday

Julia Fietz and Sandra Overbeck look out on a Rainbow in Howth, Co Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many areas woke up to a light dusting of snow, but that is expected to be the end of it

 President Donald J. Trump accepts a bowl of shamrocks from The Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny during a reception in the East Room of the White House on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Ireland was too slow, too cynical to praise the Taoiseach’s criticism of President Trump

The cost of petrol and diesel is on the rise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motorists could end up spending more than €300 extra on petrol or diesel this year

In the letter to Sky’s managing director in Ireland, the customer said he would cancel his standing order after the next upfront payment, which was due in the middle of October.  Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Pricewatch: Phone calls and 28 days’ notice mean ending TV package can be a challenge

Nichols accepts that spending thousands of euro on a coffin is probably unnecessary

With costs for a basic funeral about €4,000, death is an expensive business

St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal Annalise Murphy  in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Olympic medallist, Alsatian farmers and a pirate queen all featured in this year’s event

Rosie O’Donnell performs  at the Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa on May 29, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photograph:   Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

The ‘Irish Stand’ movement is gaining momentum ahead of the St Patrick’s Day event in New York

Prices here are 22.5 per cent above the European average. Denmark is again the most expensive country in the EU with prices there 36.8 higher than  average. Photograph: Eric Luke

Republic also has second highest fertility rate – and lowest divorce rate – CSO report finds

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: Made the ultimate sacrifice. Photograph: PA

Coast Guard helicopter officer joins many men and women who died trying to protect others

Of 6,729 Airbnb listings in Dublin last month, almost 2,700 were for entire homes, while 4,000 were for rooms in accommodation shared by the hosts. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Accommodation service had 6,729 listings in Dublin last month, council committee hears

G-Mach Petrol Push Lawnmower €149.99

Size and brand matter in choosing between old school and newer options

“Have you heard anything about what Three are up to? Changing contracts and making it impossible to then cancel. Any advice?” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Pricewatch readers: ‘A 20% increase in Three charges – just like that!’

Shop signs: Consumers in the  Republic are  the 6th  most upbeat in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nielsen and the ESRI tested consumer confidence with different results

Gardaí at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Conyngham Rd Dublin near Phoenix Park in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Man in his 30s killed after collision involving car took place about 2.15pm on Sunday

Sister Kathleen Melia was gagged and repeatedly punched in the face and chest.

Sr Kathleen Melia (70) was closing the convent’s windows when she was punched by masked man

The Three Bears outside the former Point Depot. Image: Google Streetview

Sculptures commissioned by Harry Crosbie likely to be sold as Nama liquidates assets

The European spring summit in Brussels which will focus on election of the European Council President and on Brexit during the two-day summit. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Pan-European organisation calls for consumers to be central to Brexit negotiations

In Dublin, residential property prices climbed by 5.3 per cent in the year to the end of January 2017 and  outside Dublin they rose by 11.3 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Prices up by nearly 50% since early 2013 but still 31.8% lower than 2007 peak, says CSO

A Subway in Drogheda, Co Louth, was served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued five orders in February over health concerns

Watching the detectives? A range of Samsung televisions are among the smart devices which, according to WikiLeaks data, are vulnerable to CIA malware. File photograph: Getty Images

WikiLeaks data dump reveals CIA software capable of using TV as listening device

‘Spending is increasing, as confidence returns and personal saving declines.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The State is now the sixth most confident country in Europe, according to new report

Appsolutely not fabulous: Aer Lingus’s smartphone app doesn’t like apostrophes

Which is a bit problematic when it comes to Irish surnames

Ballymaloe

You can have it sweet or sharp, but the best – and cheapest – option is to make it yourself

Tesco workers picketing outside Tesco in Artane in February. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Company management and Mandate try to resolve dispute over changes to staff contracts

The European Commission said there was “no loophole by which part of the domestic data allowance could be regarded as gift or side benefit and would therefore not count when traveling abroad.

European Commission says attempts to exploit loopholes would breach EU law

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at the launch of the campaign for Abhaile, the free mortgage arrears support service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two-thirds those most in need of Abhaile advice scheme unaware of it, survey shows

Tesco workers picket the store in Drumcondra, where sales dropped from €31,000 on the Monday prior to the strike to €9,000 on the following Monday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Stores with no pickets saw sales drop during 11-day dispute, figures suggest

The most common signs encountered by consumers and their degree of legality

“Surely one board for Terminal 1 and another for Terminal 2 with clear markings would be a good idea.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

One traveller who missed her flight after wandering to the wrong terminal partly blames ‘inadequate’ markings for her experience (...)

The kits  include a thermometer, a humidity meter, a radiator key, a thermal leak detector and a plug-in energy monitor

Scheme aims to encourage house-owners to become more aware of their energy usage

Pancakes: Lemon and sugar or maple syrup? Photograph: iStock

Most will eat 2.5 pancakes on Shrove Tuesday before the Lenten season of ritual fasting

Tesco workers picketing outside Tesco in Artane on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pickets were placed on 16 stores and dispute grew more bitter as strike progressed

Tesco sign in a window in Dromcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Conor pope

Six ballots held on Wednesday night with all but one store voting against strike action

A sign in the window of the Tesco store in Drumcondra, Dublin reads “Tesco Ireland 7 Mandate 1”.  “It smacks of triumphalism,” said one man on the picket line.  Photograph: Conor Pope

Despite ballots in which seven stores voted against strike action, the mood is defiant

Only one store voted in favour of strike action at Tuesday’s ballot. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Management ‘shocked’ over Mandate’s refusal to call off ‘reckless disupte’

Almost 100 complaints were lodged with the advertising watchdog about the Irish Cancer Society’s recent campaign which contained the tag line ‘I want to get cancer’.

Advertising authority says ‘teaser’ element of Irish Cancer Society campaign breached elements of its code

Trade unionist Arthur Scargill on picket duty with Tesco workers in Artane, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union members in four other stores voted in favour of action bringing number to 20

Tesco staff on strike at the retailer’s store in Phibsborough, Dublin last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/CollinsDerry

Mandate proposed talks aimed at resolving dispute over changes to staff contracts

Aer Lingus: Shutting down its Dublin-Porto route leaves customers in a lurch and out of pocket. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Customers left financially stranded when airline grounds Dublin-Porto flights

 Donna McLoughlin, at Woodside Chapel, in  Castlebellingham. “I had no problem with the Presbyterian community – everyone seems very happy with the idea.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ex-Presbyterian church restoration ‘gives everyone a chance to walk up the aisle’

 Trade unionist Arthur Scargill  on picket duty with Tesco workers in Artane, Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘This is a strong community and I think that is why so few people are crossing the picket’

 Tesco staff on strike at the retailer’s store in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mandate members at eight more stores join action over changes to terms of employment

The perpetrator is said to be in his 40s, around 5ft 10in and of stocky build and well dressed. File photograph: Getty Images

Scam operator acting as plain-clothes detective steals thousands from elderly in south

  Tesco strike: workers picket outside the firm’s  store on Baggot Street. The retailer has said it is  “shocked”   by   Mandate’s reluctance to accept  Labour  Court  recommendations made in November. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Almost 40 stores may take action next week over contract changes for 250 employees

 Striking Tesco workers and Mandate Trade Union members pictured  on the picket line at Tesco, Clearwater, in Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Retailer wants union to accept Labour Court recommendations on changes to pay

Tesco employee Brian Lawless  during a strike at the store on Baggot Street, Dublin. Members of the Mandate trade union have started an indefinite strike in a dispute over contracts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Row revolves around conditions being changed for staff who began working before 1996

Supply shortages are driving prices higher with fewer than 4,000 properties available to rent on February 1st. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Daft report reveals cost up 13½%, with average monthly rent across State over €1,100

With a market share of 22.7% Dunnes Stores has returned to first place for only the second time, having first held this position in November last year.

Latest Kantar Worldpanel figures show Aldi has overtaken main rival Lidl

Workers who joined the company prior to 1996 are at the centre of the dispute. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Stores affected include outlets in Dublin; Bray, Co Longford, Navan, Tralee and Tullamore

In Victorian times, Cadbury was the first company to decorate boxes of chocolates with love motifs – the idea was that recipients could use the boxes to hide secret love letters.

The loved-up can splurge on a ‘suite love affair’ or save on German retailers’ roses

“The Phoenix project [based in Portlaoise] started dealing with my lender and suddenly the threats lifted.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Extension of mortgage-to-rent scheme could spell end to midlands family’s nightmare

The new Central Bank buildings under construction along the Liffey River front in the North Wall area of Dublin’s docklands. The building was originally meant to be a new headquarters for Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Bank staff soon to take over failed bank’s near-complete HQ - a cashless facility

Daffodil Day has been described as “hugely important” for the Irish Cancer Society, which hopes to raise about €3 million this year.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Conversation over issue not a bad thing, says fundraising chief ahead of 30th Daffodil Day

Irish Mortgage Holders Association  David Hall describe the changes as ‘very welcome’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Charities and organisatins welcome the expanision of mortgage-to-rent scheme

There are  a growing number of providers of Android boxes that plug in to a TV set and allow users to stream content from the internet onto their televisions. Almost every film and television programme ever made, as well as live sports, can be accessed from these services at a minimal cost to the end user. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Court hears up to 1.3m people in State are illegally accessing companies’ content

 Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup! Complaints to the   Food Safety Authority of Ireland rose by 17 per cent last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Poor hygiene complaints rise 34%, with criticism of deli staff sneezing over sandwiches

Christmas shopping on Dublin’s Henry Street. As Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, shoppers had two extra days in the run up to buy groceries. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department stores and computer retailers struggle while home accessories do well

Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin: “Markets work best where businesses vigorously and independently compete against each other for customers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Competition body wants would-be whistleblowers in Munster and Leinster to get in touch

Living longer is frequently presented entirely in negatives such as “pensions time bomb” and projections of a society too old and infirm to take care of itself. Photograph: iStock

Increased longevity is highlighting a range of problems from pensions to healthcare

The HSE said there was no prohibition of any kind on GPs providing the information if they had it. Photograph:Tek Image/Science Photo Library

Pricewatch readers’ queries: It's a legal quagmire, so medical practices just say no

Flowers and tributes left at Regency Hotel for David Byrne’s  one year anniversary. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Armed gardaí outside church on Francis Street amid fears of further retaliation

Free publicity: Michael O’Leary’s a master of getting media coverage. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

The Ryanair boss perfected the art of media flyers long ago. After ‘pay per pee’ toilets and ‘vertical seats’ come this week’s ‘f(...)

Tesco in the UK have put a limit of three on the number of lettuces each customer can purchase in stores due to the vegetable shortage. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Tesco in the UK is limiting purchases to three lettuces per customer

Ed Sheeran is set to play the 3Arena in April. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fans express disappointment as Ticketmaster reselling website faces ‘massive demand’

The agreement  should finally bring an end to shock bills for consumers.

Wholesale price cap set to kick in from June if expected EU approvals materialise

Ed Sheeran performs atthe Graham Norton Show in London. Photograph: PA

Tickets available for more than €700, 24 hours before officially going on sale

Three: “I’m at a loss to understand how a mobile company can sign you up for something you did not agree to and then deduct a significant sum by direct debit unbeknown to the account holder.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

‘I was told that as I placed the order over the phone, I would not be sent a contract’

Chocolate Garden: “Make no mistake, this is a luxury product. It also happens to be the best chocolate spread that we have ever tasted.”

Nutella safely delivers the goods, but a luxury spread from Carlow had us begging for more

The AA’s most recent fuel price index shows  the average price of a litre of petrol rose by 4.9 cent and diesel by 5 cent in just one month. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

AA calls for fuel taxes review as petrol and diesel prices soar to highest levels since 2015

Conor Pope: "Chopping cabbage does not seem like a plum job, but he makes it clear it can be done wrong." Photograph: Alan Betson

Our writer is put to work in the two Michelin-starred kitchen of chef Daniel Clifford, and gets the Celebrity MasterChef judge (...)

Tourism Minister Shane Ross with Maureen Ledwith, director of Holiday World, Cormac Meehan, president of  ITAA at the Holiday World Show 2017. Photograph: Arthur Carron

At RDS Holiday World Show, ITAA chief says tourist numbers will grow by double digits

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus  drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million  last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shop in Cork village of Glounthane rumoured to have sold ticket to 34-strong syndicate

The EuroMillions could consider a holiday to the Caribbean island of Necker, which costs around  €74,000. Photograph: Getty

A two-week holiday in the Caribbean island of Necker will set you back around €1 million

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is predicting house rises of up to 7 per cent this year. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Survey of chartered surveyors says price of three-bed semi detached home to rise 9.4%

Harvey’s Point in Co Donegal. Photograph: Harvey’s Point/Facebook

Harvey’s Point also finishes first in category for best services in TripAdvisor awards

The Switcher.ie survey indicates that, of those who had to borrow money to pay household bills last year, 35 per cent resorted to using credit cards. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Motor insurance costs are biggest concern for households, says Switcher.ie survey

What’s that? A one-euro coin? Dinner time!

Conor Pope on the fine art of living on virtually nothing this week

Pice study puts the average price of a litre of petrol at 136.3c per litre while a litre of diesel costs an average of 126.9c. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Average price of a litre of petrol rose by 4.9 cent and diesel by 5 cent within last month

Three  said a recording of the initial contact offering the upgrade shows Aidan was told he was agreeing to a 24-month contract extension. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Customer availed of iPhone 5 offer unaware of telecoms contract extension condition

Irish or not Irish? Viagra, Donegal Catch, Sudocrem, Punch Colour Catcher and a Dublin Bay prawn

A spokeswoman said the use of the Tricolour on Scottish salmon was ‘standard practice’ in the supermarket sector. She was not wron(...)

A view of the crowd, estimated at 5,000, at the Women’s March  in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

As many as 5,000 take to the streets to protest against new US president

The line up isn’t great is it? It is bad, begorrah

Conor Pope imagines how Michael Flatley ended up in Washington

U2 perform during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock drafts Bill which would ban the resale of tickets above face value

The rights of Irish consumers who buy products from UK-based traders could be significantly weakened post Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Cross-Border shopping may become significantly more attractive if sterling weakens

Specialised search engines such as momondo.com and skyscanner.net  are dedicated to finding the cheapest flights available.  Photograph: iStock

From Airbnb to Skyscanner, online aids have made travel easier and more economical

Phoenix Project chairman John McGrath advises a client at the group’s offices in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Support group fears funds set to move on distressed borrowers in wave of repossession

You won’t be laughing when you find out your iPhone was a rip-off. Photograph: iStock

Consumer technology survey compares prices of handsets around the world

  Spending on household goods in December climbed by 4.3 per cent and hotels, restaurants and bars saw the rate of expansion quicken to a three-month high of 5.8 per cent, thanks to a predictable spike in entertainment over the festive period. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sterling weakness boosts online shopping as customers look to web for better value

As many as 400,000 health insurance policies will come up for renewal this month. Check out hia.ie and totalhealthcover.ie to see if you can save money in 2017. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

If you’ve had the same health cover for years, you’re losing money. Time to switch policy

Glenilen Farm: “It has a very lemony flavour, if not as bitter as we would have liked.”

Two all-natural Irish brands win the top prize for taste, if not necessarily price

Eir: “I said  I’ve been waiting a week for a callback from a supervisor, and was told it could take up to 30 days to get a callback. I’m tearing my hair out with them at this stage.” Photograph: Maxwells

Phone and internet down over Christmas, and ‘appalling’ customer service makes it worse

Brendan Ogle   of the Home Sweet Home campaign at  Apollo House. “We have been hearing a lot of talk about beds being ready in emergency accommodation but we are not talking about beds, we are talking about homes.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Occupiers had been told by High Court to vacate building by Wednesday at noon

According to a recent Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children report, children as young as five are being allowed unlimited unsupervised access to the internet – with many viewing violent or pornographic material

Access to technology has many benefits but can expose children to grooming and cyberbullying

Lidl has fallen foul of Bord Bia after it wrongly used the food authority’s stamp of approval on promotional leaflets advertising one of its fish products.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German retailer put food authority’s quality assurance stamp on salmon product

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