Elaine Butler

Disneyland Paris

We’re just back from Disneyland Paris. Unfortunately quite a few of the attractions were closed but we still had a great time. Here are my tips for a less-stressful trip

  • Get used to queuing. They can be up to 60mins for one ride.
  • Alternate rides you have to queue for with ones you don’t such as the Labyrinth, Dragon’s Cave, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Alladin’s Passage, Shootin Gallery (2euro a go). My kids really enjoyed the interactive displays in the Disney Animation Gallery in Walt Disney Studio Park. You don’t have to queue for this if you skip the video at the start and go straight in the exit. I was told this by a staff member so it’s okay to do.
  • Hit the most popular rides as soon as you get into the park and get fast-passes where you can. As far as i know you can’t have two ‘live’…

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Suppose to be great for low cost travel when you get a touch of wanderlust. http://www.holidaypirates.com/

Kids socks gets reduced at the end of every season, unlike adults socks. So if your shoe size is a 10 or less you’re onto a winner.

I bought a Gola (irish company) backpack last year in Elverleys (irish company). It was half price aat 15 euros and is in perfect nick after a year’s wear unlike any other brand I’ve bought. I’d highly recommend them and Elverleys normally have promotions on backpacks now.

If you add something to an online basket and then leave it there for a couple of days you might get ‘incentives’ to buy from the company.

If an item dramatically goes up in price, its probably due to be reduced quite soon after.

A friend told me that if you buy Apple products in Dixons in the Airport you can save hundreds of euro.

The premium membership of spotify lets you create your own ad-free play list; ideal for a party. And best of all a weeks trial of the premium membersip is free!







Below is a few of the bargains posted in the Savvy Irish Shopper Facebook Group over the past two weeks. To join the group visit Savvy Irish Shopper

Lidl have 20% off all Fairtrade products next week (Monday 23rd of Feb) to celebrate Fairtrade week.

Homestore and more have a load of Mason and Cash baking tools reduced to €1.99, which are currently on sale for fullprice in Homebase.

Checked these out in Home Store and More today and they’ve very sturdy and well-priced at €2.50. They come in pink or blue

Kids gardening tools

This toy is a really great toy for young dinosaur fans and is currently reduced to €20 in Smyths – it was originally €49.99. Comment on post noted it was further reduced to €10Imaginext Mega Apatasaurus

We got our food bill in Milano’s reduced from €44 to €26 yesterday with their latest offer of 40% (ignore text on link) off your food bill. Offer available until 12th of Feb.

We got our food bill in Milano’s reduced from €44 to €26 yesterday with their latest offer of 40% (ignore text on link) off your food bill. Offer available until 12th of Feb.

Button Pushpins

March 1, 2014

A clever way to recycle leftover buttons

Elaine Butler

Button Pushpins

I saw these over in London and decided to make some at home with the myriad of left over buttons i have. What a clever way to recycle them!


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Stylish hallowe’en decorations don’t have to be shop bought or cost the earth. Check these out.

Elaine Butler

Ghost Door Hanger

halloween garland

I did this in my own house and i love taking it out every year. Find out how to make it here.

Mice on stairs

For mice templates by Martha Stewart click here.

Monsters in Window

I got this image from the blog craft lifters . Some slightly simpler, but just as cool, window monsters can be seen here.

Swirl Ghost Decorations

flying bats

Image from the blog Dan Made It but idea came from Country living originally, where you can download lots of hallowe’en templates for free!

Hanging Bats

For instructions on how to make the hanging bats by Martha Stewart click here

Starch Ghost

For instructions click here.

Paper Pumpkins

And for a bit of colour. These cute paper pumpkins. For instructions click here.

pumpkin vases


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I heard Tina Leonard on Pat Kenny’s Radio 1 talking about credit and laser cards. Apparantly if you buy goods with your credit card from a store that closes down you’ll be able to get your money back from the credit card provider.

Similarly if you buy concert tickets using a credit card and they don’t arrive your credit card provider will reimburse you. This is called charged back.

Also if you lodge money onto your credit card and withdraw that money from an ATM abroad you will not have to pay advancement fees. On the downside if your credit card is stolen your credit card provider will not cover the value of any money you put on your card.

You can get more detailed information here http://www.rte.ie/radio1/todaywithpatkenny/


Found this very interesting article on an English website. Might give some of the suggestions a go myself.



Half Price Dresses in Monsoon

December 16, 2011

Have a wedding or christening next year? Monsoon have a range of women’s and kids dresses reduced to half price.


Marks and Spencers have just reduced Christmas crackers and cards by 50%.



Half Price Sale at Argos

December 14, 2011

Argos have reduced even more items today. A lot of items, including furniture and toys are now half-price.