Win €150 Dunnes Stores Voucher – Competition

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Dunnes Stores is one of the leading supermarkets and clothing retailers in Ireland. Originally founded by Ben Dunne, it established a reputation for offering value and competitive prices. As well as selling groceries, they offer a large range of furniture, home ware and fashion from brands such as Paul Costelloe and Savida.

 

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Electric Picnic Tickets 2017 – Competition

Electric Picnic 2017 takes place in Stradbally Laois on the first to the third of September. See acts including Duran Duran, and The XX, Pete Tong, The Pretenders and many more music and comedy acts at Ireland’s leading festival. Tickets are already sold out by  our partner has a competition to win a set of tickets.

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Deals – The Daily Deals Market in Ireland in 2017

Daily deals sites have been hugely popular in Ireland ever since the recession killed the Celtic Tiger. Popular offer sites include VoucherPages, Pigsback, Groupon and LivingSocial selling hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, goods and local services. However, there has been a lot of changes with the players in the Irish discount market in this country, so we thought we would let you know the state of play in 2017. Collaborations, takeovers and closures have seen some expanding, while other sites have closed for business.

The Deal Websites

VoucherPages, obviously, are top of the list and still going strong as Ireland’s favourite offers marketplace. With discount codes for retailers and brands, along with exclusive coupons, product offers and featuring vouchers from the best deal sites, with the site is growing year-on-year.

Pigsback have acquired a number of other similar Irish websites in recent months. The parent company, Empathy Marketing, have recently purchased Dealrush.ie, Escapes.ie, JustGolf.ie and Pamper.ie, which they have added to their own existing stable of Pigsback.com, Luxurybreaks.ie and Thediningroom.ie, so don’t be surprised if you see similar offerings across some of those platforms.

Groupon are the still the top dog when it comes to the global deals industry. Groupon Ireland have a large number of users in the major cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. After going public and having some tough years trying to achieve profitability with major worldwide expansion through corporate acquisitions and significant customer acquisition marketing spend, Groupon have exited a number of countries around the world last year. However, they are still popular in Ireland which looks set to continue with the opening of a European office in Dublin, which includes functions such as marketing.

GrabOne was one of the leading daily deals websites in Ireland. It was run by Independent News and Media, one of Ireland’s largest newspaper and media groups. GrabOne decided to close for commercial reasons in November 2015.

LivingSocial were the number two player in the global market but a lot of changes have occurred in their global operations. After talk of I.P.O. failed to materialise in recent years, the US arm of the business was sold to their arch competitor Groupon, for what they said was a nominal fee. LivingSocial Ireland and UK are still the second largest player in Ireland. They were acquired by the same company that owns, Wowcher, one of their competitors and a market leader in the United Kingdom.

Rewarding Times are still running weekly specials for The Irish Times readers.

Closing Time

The Irish market has seen of number of site closures over the past few years. SmartSearch, the daily deals platform that predominantly focused on the West Coast of Ireland in Galway, stopped running in 2016.

Some other sites that are no longer operating include:
• Boards deals
• Bite a bargain
• Todaysdeals.ie
• Bundlebee
• Dealbuzz
• The Advertiser deals
• Dolideals.

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Competitions – Win Prizes and Gift Vouchers

Enter our partner’s competition to win €100 Elverys Sports shopping voucher. We love saving you money whether it is by giving away gift vouchers or through free coupons.

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Win €250 Argos Voucher

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Budget 2017 Highlights

We, at VoucherPages.ie, are interested in all things that affect your finances. The 2017 Budget highlights are below with some minor advantages for lower earners, small improvements for entrepreneurs and effectively reducing the deposit requirements for new home owners but it has failed the middle income earners and has increased Government spending at a precarious time for the country’s finances. Perhaps the result of a coalition government, only time will tell if this budgets works.

Key Highlights of the 2017 Budget for Republic of Ireland announced by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan are

• Changes to Universal Social Tax with a reduction in three lowest rates of Universal Social Charge by 0.5% with a 1% rate cut to 0.5%; 3% rate cut to 2.5%; and 5.5% rate cut to 5%. The reduced 2.5% USC rate ceiling will increase from €18,668 to €18,772
• New income tax rebate of up to 5% under a Help to Buy scheme for new homes valued up to €400,000.
• State pension will rise by €5 per week from March 2017.
• Increase of €5 per week in social welfare payments.
• Christmas bonus for those on social welfare will rise to 85%.
• New help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers. The big topic of homes will receive a boost of €1.2bn in funding for housing with 47,000 new social housing units to be built by 2021. Additional €105m to enable 15,000 more households to avail of Housing Assistance Payment Scheme. Also, the home renovation scheme will be extended for two years to the end of 2018.
• Mortgage Interest Relief will be extended to December 2020.
• Rent-a-Room income tax relied ceiling will increase by €2,000 from €12,000 to €14,000 per annum.
• More jobs will be created for civil servants with 2,400 additional teaching posts announced of which 900 will be resource teachers, 800 new Gardaí to be recruited in 2017 with more civilian staff to be hired as well to free up desk-bound officers, and 1,000 extra nurses and midwives to be recruited.
• 10 percent rise in minimum wage.
• Creation of a Public Service Pay Commission to report on unwinding of FEMPI legislation.
• Provision of €290m for pay increases agreed under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
• New Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017 will be means-tested based on the parents income, for children between six months and 15 years and universal subsidies for all children aged six months to three years.
• €100 increase in Home Carers’ Credit to €1,100.
• Medical card for all children who receive domiciliary care allowance.
• More healthcare spending with an extra €15m to National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to reduce hospital waiting lists.
• €25 cap on prescription charges for over 70s reduced to €20 from 1 March 2017.
• Excise duty on pack of 20 cigarettes to go up by 50 cents.
• New measures introduced to reduce emissions including extending relief from vehicle registration tax on electric vehicles for five years
• Good news for those in the tourism sector who are able to take advantage of the reduced VAT rate, the 9% VAT rate for tourism and hospitality industry will remain.
• Entrepreneurship is being encourages with The Start Your Own Business scheme being extended for a further two years. Earned Income Tax Credit for self-employed increased by €400 to €950.
• The Government has decreased the capital gains tax (CGT) regime for entrepreneurs and start-ups by 50% on business disposals from 20% to 10% but the ceiling for the lower Capital Gains Tax rate is still €1 million.
• Low cost, highly flexible loan fund for farmers announced
• €1,270 income tax credit for fishermen.
• DIRT will be reduced by 2% each year to until 2020.
• Intention to introduce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in April 2018 after public consultation.
• €28m increase in allocation for emergency accommodation to €100 million.
• €15m to help progress National Broadband Plan.
• €319m to be spent on regional and local roads throughout the country.

The general reaction appears to be muted to this budget as there is still along way to go to improving the people of Ireland’s financial circumstances. Let us know your thoughts.

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Competition – Win €5000 in Cash

Enter our partner’s competition to win €5,000 in chash. We love saving you money with coupons, deals or competitions to win gift vouchers or prizes.

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Think of what you could buy with the money…a car, a holiday, a designer dress or help pay towards the mortgage!

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Competition – Win Omniplex Cinema Vouchers

Enter our partner’s competition to win a €150 Debenhams voucher. We love freebies, saving you money with coupons or deals, and competitions to win gift vouchers to shop with leading brands in Ireland.

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Omniplex Cinemas is Ireland’s largest multiplex cinema chain. Use your voucher for cinema tickets and snacks around Ireland.

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Competition – Win €150 Debenhams Voucher

Enter our partner’s competition to win a €150 Debenhams voucher. We love freebies, saving you money with coupons or deals, and competitions to win gift vouchers to shop with leading brands in Ireland.

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus Checked Baggage Fees

This month, Ryanair announced that they were reducing their checked-in baggage fees and have introduced new year-round fares instead of low season and high season baggage prices. Ryanair stated that 92% of their customers would see reduced prices. Is this really the case?

Prior to announcing the cuts, the airline had this month increased its prices for checked bags by up to €15 for peak season. Therefore, the price reductions were based on to new higher prices that only came into effect for only a very short period.

On Ryanair, it now costs €15 for a 15kg bag, or €25 for a 20kg on a domestic flight of under two hours. Both are a €15 price reduction on previous high season prices, while the old price was €20 off peak for a 15kg bag and therefore it is €5 more expensive than the previous off-peak price. It now costs €25 for a 15kg bag or €35 for a 20kg on a flight under three hours. Checked bags now costs €40 for a 15kg bag or €50 for a 20kg bag on flights of three hours plus, which is the same price as beforehand. Some of these prices have increased from previous low season prices. Ryanair Excess baggage charges are  €10 per kg per flight.

So how does this compare with Aer Lingus checked baggage fees? Between 1st October and 31st May, it costs €15 for 15kg bag, or €20 for a 20kg bag, or €30 for a 25kg bag, or €55 for 40kg of checked bags on Aer Lingus flights between Ireland and Europe. For high season between 1st June and 30th September, along with 21st December and 4th January, it costs €25 for 15kg bag or €35 for a 20kg bag, or €40 for a 25kg bag, or €60 for a 40kg bags on the same routes. There are higher baggage fees is flying between Ireland and Agadir, Athens, Bourgas, Bucharest, Catania, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Izmir, Lanzarote, Tenerife.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus also offering a free carry-on bag up to 10kg, along with a handbag on flights.

So overall, it depends on where you are flying to whether the update to baggage fees are a good thing for your or not.

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All prices are subject to change, and are believed to be correct on date of publishing.

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Competition – Win Electric Picnic Tickets

Win Electric Picnic Weekend Tickets

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Electric Picnic festival takes place at Stradbally on 2nd to 4th September 2016. Festival acts include LCD Sound System, New Order, Lana Del Rey, The Chemical Brothers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

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Win €150 Penneys Voucher Ticket

Enter our partner’s competition to win €150 Penneys voucher. We love freebies, saving you money with coupons or deals, and competitions to win gift vouchers to shop with leading brands in Ireland.

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Penneys Voucher

Penneys vouchers can be spent in-store at their retail locations around Ireland. Penneys is a firm favourite of fashion fans who also like value for money. They are one of the leading retailers for the latest fashion and clothing at affordable prices.

 

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