Argos Stock Checker

February 20, 2013

Found this very handy website that allows you to check easily which argos store has an item.



Bargain Booty for Boys Room

February 5, 2013

Bargain Booty for Boys Room

Totally love this cute coin box and storage box that i picked up for my 3-year-old son’s room. I got the storage tin for €2 in a local charity shop and i got the coin box for FREE from a mum on a Dubln-based FB recycling / reuse group that i’m a member of.



Cheap Chic Home Decor

January 16, 2013

Wallpapered Magazine Holders


Love Martha Stewart for simple inexpensive ways to jazz up a home. She does it again here with these simple wallpapered magazine holders.


There is no point in sharing most of the posts from the Savvy Irish Shopper Facebook Group, they’re normally about current offers and will be obsolete by the time you read this post but here are some timeless money-saving tips that have been posted over the last few months.

  • Got a tip today for making hallowe’en costumes on the cheap. Fabric is so expensive nowadays so instead use flat bed sheets or curtains from Penney’s or similar.
  • If anyone is looking for a good hairdresser, Miss World in Harold’s Cross (at the bridge, beside the bicycle shop) is well worth a visit. For e40 you can get highlights, a cut, wash and blow dry. Hard to beat. Katie is the stylist I go to, and she’s brilliant.
  • Popped into Ikea last Sunday and saw this cute clothes stand for €25 and this white plastic dish drainer for €2
  • Dublin Mama’s Freecycle is a facebook group where you can request or offer any item for free.
  • Aris Ireland is a company that holds markets for second hand kid’s toys, clothes etc.  If you want a table yourself the cost is €30
  • Bring any worn Monsoon item back to a Monsoon shop and you’ll get €10 off a new item.
  • Tonic beauty salon off Sundrive Road in Crumlin offers half-price waxing every Wednesday.
  • The fruit and veg shop Superfresh in the Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan is said to be brilliant value.
  • Hard to get nice inexpensive tea towels so delighted to find these very nice printed ones in Penneys for only €1.50 each.

All the best

Elaine Butler

You often find something online with a company that doesn’t deliver to Ireland. Now there is a way around it. Go to parcel motel, get a user ID and then have the item delivered to parcel motel’s UK address (include your user ID). The parcel is then forwarded to one of numerous locations at garages all over Dublin and they are currently expanding to cover the whole country.
All the best

Shoeheaven is a Monaghan based website offering fabulous styles at very reasonable prices. I heard about them after my sister bought a pair from them in November 2012.


Great article on how to support Irish companies this Christmas.

Know your Consumer Rights

More then ever Irish consumers want to support Irish business and that means buying Irish produced food.  But at the same time more of us are buying own brand in order to save money. So when buying food this Christmas, how do you reconcile the two?

In fact many Irish producers work with the supermarkets to produce own brand products.

From Tina’s slot on RTE Radio 1’s Today with Pat Kenny 5th December 2012

How you know if the own brand product is Irish

  1. You won’t be able to look for the ‘Love Irish Food’ or ‘Guaranteed Irish’ symbols but where fresh meat and dairy is concerned check for the Bord Bia and National Dairy Council marks.
  2. Many supermarkets have their own symbols for Irish products, such as a shamrock or Irish flag so look out for those.
  3. Check the packaging to see if the country of origin is mentioned.
  4. Some supermarkets…

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Cheap Chic Headboard

October 18, 2012

Elaine Butler

Love this. Originally posted on House*

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Over the past year i’ve sold about 20 items online. The stuff i’ve sold ranges from kids toys to furniture to home decor items. Practically all were second hand but a few were unused new items – naughty me! Anyhow here are my tips on how to sell online.

  • Patience gets the best price. It’s more important to me to get a good price than a quick sale. I typically sell stuff for a quarter of it’s original purchase price but at that price it can take anywhere up to 4 months to get so i post things well before i’m sick of the sight of it.
  • Quote the original or current purchase price of the item. It saves them having to google it.
  • Post up items when people are most likely to be buying them. Post toys in the run-up to christmas. Old sports gear in the run-up to a new term.
  • Use multiple terms in title and description, i.e ballet leotard and ballet uniform. That way your item will be found if either are searched for.
  • Put the model number of the item in the title and description. If someone is searching for a new one online they might find your post for a second hand one. 
  • Pick the most appropriate forum to sell your item. I typically use the free advertising option on and for most things but if it’s a very expensive item i find that they sell better on and gumtree don’t charge at all while ebay charge 10% off the sale price and if you use paypal to process payment they charge 10% too. Facebook groups/pages can be a good place to sell clothes too. Two that focus on kids stuff is Not just for twins.
  • Always upload good-quality photos. I tend to use the product photos by the manufacturers. I think people are drawn to these photographs more then my best effort of a digital shot. I also include photos of damaged areas; that way the only people serious about buying contact me.
  • Include a link to manufacturers spec sheet. If the item is still listed on a manufacturers or retailers website i’ll include a link in the description. It helps people make an educated decision on the products suitability.
  • I always offer the opportunity to look at the goods before taking them. People have always purchased but i think they’re more likely to buy an item if they don’t feel pressurised to take it.


Cheap Chic Wall Display

September 19, 2012


Love this simple inexpensive idea for a display of art from Martha Stewart.