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Ah, January!

It’s the month of new beginnings, healthy resolutions and a whole lot of penny-pinching.

If you’re anything like us, the post-Christmas period has left you with a serious case of the back-to-work blues and a very deep hole in your pocket.

The end of the month seems like a lifetime away when your one take-away order away from an overdraft, but never fear, there are plenty of ways to keep your finances ticking over.

Here’s some simple and achievable ways to stretch you paycheck this January.

1. Prepare food at home

Clean out the oven and dust off the cookbooks because January is the perfect time to put your culinary skills to the test.

Make the time to prepare nutritious meals and save the leftovers for lunch the next day. Or, if you can’t fathom the idea of slaving away in the kitchen after a hard day’s work, set aside a few hours during the weekend and freeze your meals for the week.

You’ll save a decent sum of money, and hey, you might even feel healthier too.

2. Sell unwanted clothing online

We’d be lying if we said that our wardrobes weren’t full of garments that have never seen the light of day.

Maybe it was an impulse sales buy, or maybe it was a one-off outfit for a special event – either way, it you haven’t worn it in the last six months, chances are you never will.

Clear out any unwanted clothing items and divide them into three categories – 1. Fit for the bin, 2. Donate to charity, 3. Sell online.

De-clutter and earn some extra cash? It’s win-win!

3. Use public transport

OK, so this one is a bit of a no-brainer, but an effective way to save some pennies nonetheless.

Whether it’s the bus, Luas or DART, most transport companies offer discounted rates on monthly tickets.  You’ll save on petrol and parking, and who knows, you might even be able to use the commute to get some extra work done.  If public transport doesn’t suit you, fuel cards are a valid option for commuters. Check out this  beginners guide to fuel cards for more information.

4. Leave your debit card at home

We’re all guilty of it.

You withdraw enough money to keep you going for a night out, but of course the card needs to come along as well – you know, for emergencies.

However, when that ’emergency’ turns out to be a final trip to the bar before last orders, it’s safe to say the plastic would have been better off left at home.

5. Ditch the fancy coffee

Say bye-bye to double shot lattés and hello to reusable cups.

While a €3 coffee might not seem like the biggest strain on your finances, you could rack up a hefty bill by the end of the month.

Let’s do the maths – €3 a day, five days a week = €60 per month – or a flight to London and back to put it in perspective.

6. Entertain at home

Let’s be honest, at this point we’re pretty sick of the sight of pubs and clubs, and a cosy night in with a bottle of wine sounds more appealing than ever.

Suggest that you and your friends give town a skip and dig out the old boardgames and leftover Christmas booze.

It’s a lot easier on your pocket, and let’s face it, you’ll probably have more fun!



With the expense level of living in Dublin at the moment, you'd be forgiven for feeling down in the dumps about wages right now.

Good news is needed, and thankfully some was released today regarding the average weekly earnings for Irish workers; it's actually…*deep breathing* … INCREASED.

Increased? We haven't heard that word in a long time. Too long.

According to the Central Statistics Office of Ireland, the average weekly earnings in the fourth quarter of 2018 were €761.64, which is a four percent increase. We'll take what we can get, eh?

The preliminary estimates of the Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly release were published by the Central Statistics Office on Monday, and the increase is from the same period in 2017.

It's an increase of just under €20 per week from the figure taken from the third quarter of last year.

Average hourly earnings increased from €22.60 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to €23.46 in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the figures represent gross amounts before deductions for PRSI, tax and other levies.

The average weekly earnings for Irish employees in the public sector increased to €966.40 in the fourth quarter of last year, while average weekly earnings increased in all 13 sectors of the economy in the same time frame. 

The Information and Communication sector saw the highest average weekly earnings in Ireland, with a weekly figure of €1,175.46, followed by the Financial, Insurance and Real Estate activities sector at €1,084.89. We're not jealous, though.

The lowest average weekly earnings were €360.73 in the Accommodation and Food Service activities sector and €493.12 in the Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and other service activities sector. (That's us…Oh sh*t…)



Zara is our ultimate destination for stunning work wear, and with so many iconic new pieces in stores right now, we had to select our faves that will work inside the office and out: 

Printed Shirt €9.95

This printed shirt is reminiscent of Matisse sketches – and the muted colour palette makes it the perfect companion for navy work trousers or blue jeans and runners on casual Fridays. 

High Rise Buttoned Trousers Details €39.95 

Tuck a white shirt into these with sandals for summer, or go all our clashing with an acidic green jumper and white chunky runners for a head-turning work look. 

These trousers could also be teamed with heels and a bodysuit for a simple but statement night out look. 

Hoodie With Seashells Details €29.95

Not all work spaces can get away with a hoodie, but the sea-shell detailing on this coral-coloured piece makes it an exception. 

Add a plisse midi skirt and mules for a fashionable but casual look. 

Dalmatian Print Maxi Dress €49.95

This polka-dot print dress will last you years as a classic-print piece.

Add a trench coat and baker boy cap for a trendy high-street look, or a leather biker jacker and boots for off-duty edgy style points. 

Tie-dye Blouse €59.95

Tie dye is having a major moment – and this tunic tucked slightly into black skinny jeans is a lewk. Hold on to it to pack in your suitcase for a summer holiday dress, too.  

Pearly Crossbody Bag €45.95

Looking for an accessory to take your wardrobe into the summer months? Look no further than this pearl-coated bag. 

Trench Coat With Belt €69.95

Trench coats are a classic staple piece, and they are having a resurgence as the coat du-jour. Try this light wash and light weight option on for size to add interest to the classic blue-jeans-white-tshirt combo.  

Blouse With Voluminous Sleeves €49.95 

A structured sleeve is giving us major 80s vibes, and with the decade being all the rage, this jewel-toned beauty is ticking all of the style boxes. 

Add to trousers for work or a denim skirt and boots at the weekend. 

Short Tunic Dress €39.95

 Add tights, a belt and boots to this colourful look when the weather is colder, or brave bare legs and a panama hat as we move into warmer months. 

Vinyl Technical Fabric Backpack €29.95

This handy backpack is ticking off the perspex trend in a big way. 




It's finally the end of the month, and once we're through with the mundane necessities of paying rent and bills, we'll be turning out attention to more pressing matters – our end of summer wardrobes.

Penneys have just dropped a whole host of delightful new bits, and they couldn't have arrived at a better time.  

Here are 20 pieces we'll be trying to nab this pay day: 

Lilac bodysuit €6.00, Marble shorts €6.00, Runners €18.00, Pinafore €15.00

White blouse €13.00, High heels €22.00, Tartan eyelet dress €18.00. Denim skirt  €15.00

 Beanie hat €2.50, Denim jacket €21.00, Mesh dress €14.00, Loafers €16.00

Blue suede shoes €14.00, Gingham top €13.00, Shearling backpack €14.00, Choker €3.00

Studded heels €19.00, Jumper €12.00, Blouse €13.00, Studded blue heels €19.00


We're nearing the end of the month which means the vast majority of us are currently living off beans, pasta and half-price fruit.

And that, ladies, is because we did what we do every other month, and blew our salary on non-essentials leaving us incapable of procuring actual essentials for the rest of the month.

So, the cycle continues; you know how it is.

Thankfully, our good friends out there in the Twitosphere are just like us, and know all too well the agony of the final week of the month.

Behold your friends, ladies.

1. We hear you, girl.

2. You heard her.

 3. Praise Jesus.

 4. Hell, yeah.

5. Do not donate, he has more than us.

6. Ah yes, the porridge bowl diet.

7. It's certainly something to consider.

8. We don't need that negativity in our lives.

9. You could have gotten 4 Taz bars back in the day.

10. Life is cruel.

11. Whatever helps, dude. 


It's the end of the month and we're all feeling the pinch in the run-up to pay day. 

However, that doesn't mean you have to hole yourself up on the couch every night eating whatever remains in the fridge. 

There are plenty of delightful, cheap or free things to try in Dublin, and here are a few of our faves: 

1. Cherry Comedy – €5.00

Cherry Comedy brings the laugher to Whelans every Monday night. 

For a very reasonable €5.00, comedy fans are treated to a line-up of both new and seasoned comedians.

Just last night, both Neil Delamere and Foil, Arms and Hog took to the stage as secret guests at the show. And did we mention that gin and tonics are only €5.00 too?


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2. Bubble Waffles at Eatyard €4.50

As if delicious confectionery wasn't enough to get you down to Eatyard, the Instagram opportunities from the Bubble Waffle Factory should seal the deal. 

A bubble waffle, for those not in the know, is a delectable dessert inspired by the street food of Hong Kong.

The factory describe themselves as creating 'a bubble waffle, filled with ice cream, fruit, sprinkles, and any topping you can dream of, all so it looks like a cone.' We're so ready for dessert before dinner…

3. The Botanic Gardens – Free

If you feel like getting lost in the beauty of nature, The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is the place to be. 

If sprawling acres of beautful flower beds wasn't enough, the labyrinth of glasshouses is enough to keep any budding botanist enthralled for hours. 

Check out the Palm House for truly breathtaking plants you won't see anywhere else in Ireland. And the little cactus room? We could stay there forever. 

4. Aungier Danger – €3.00

Aungier Danger has become a Dublin institution. 

The store creates some of the fluffiest, most delicious pastries, many of which have a great cause behind them such as raising awareness for homelessness or abortion rights. 

Aungier Danger has a few locations dotted around Dublin, so find your closest one and get munching. We recommend the Very Berry or the Alice In Dangerland. 


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5. Women Should Be Both Seen & Heard – Free

Feel like brushing up on your feminist theory and gender equality knowledge for free?

Head down to Trinity College for the third in  a series of seminars for women and other under-represented groups, including non-binary folks, in research and academia.

The talk will focus on women making waves in the academic world, and Angela Mezzetti will lead the seminar. 

It's free, but you have to register here



Some of you may be getting paid tomorrow while the rest of you are forced to endure the 'last day of the month' salary cycle, but regardless of when your wages eventually drop, there is a very high chance you are flat broke right now.

It's been a long old month, and with more and more invitations for post-work drinks cropping up as the evenings get longer, you've undoubtedly burnt a right old hole in your current account.

And, if you're anything like us, you are now slowly but surely making your way through your savings…. which you swear you'll be paying back next week, and we totally believe you.

Here are just 28 thoughts we've all had as we wait for those sweet, sweet benjamins to make an appearance.

1. What's the penalty for getting caught without paying on the Luas?

"Do I dare?"

2. How did my parents pay for all of our sh*t?

"All the damn time?"

3. AND pay the bills?

"I mean, seriously."

4. Is it any wonder they were so stressed all the time?

"I feel you, guys."

5. Do banks facilitate week-long loans?

"They should."

6. I'd hop on that loan.

"Hop on that loan good."

7. Why is all my money tied up in different things?

"I knew I shouldn't have adopted that tiger."

8. I shouldn't have to pay the electricity bill.

"I've been outside all week… drinking."

9. I wonder how much I'd get for that watch I've never worn.

"Probably thousands."

10. Is it wrong to sell a graduation present?

"Who will know though?"

11. I literally cannot afford to buy a lunch today.

"This is a living hell."

12. I'm going to have to eat porridge from the office kitchen.

"Like an absolute peasant."

13. How is she able to buy a coffee AND a croissant this close to payday?

"What a b*tch."

14. She must come from wealth.


15. Not all of us were born with a silver spoon in our mouths, love.

"I mean, honestly."

16. Some of us are grafters.

"Proper grafters."

17. And I mean me, not you.

"Why is she looking at me?"

18. Did he actually ask if I want overtime? Is he insane?

"I work all the time and I'm still broke."

19. If I was paid fortnightly, I wouldn't be in this mess.

"It's everyone else's fault."

20. Toiletries should be Government-issued.

"Why should I have to pay for this stuff?"

21. Why did I spend €80 on cocktails last weekend?

"Am I just determined to run my own life?"

22. What is the secret to still having money on payday?

"And why did other people discover it?"

23. It's like a conspiracy.

"And I'm not allowed in on it."

24. I swear to God, it costs money to breathe in this country.

"I'm emigrating."

25. Next month is going to be so different.

"So, so different."

26. I'm going to withdraw €100 a week and live on that.

"Because I will be in control."

27. And if that doesn't do me…

"Then so be it…"

28 I'll just try again the month after.

"Because I'm a trier."



January has been tough you guys. 

We haven't had disposable cash since the first week of the new year which meant a major cull in all social activities and a major lack of weekend cocktails. 

Until today that is. 

The January pay check is PARTICULARLY sweet and so we kind of went a bit mad today. Here is the needless things we may or may not have indulged in:

1) A Haircut, pronto 

Colour, cut, treatment, the works please. 

2) A whole new outfit 

Because we plan to start having a social life again

3) A really REALLY nice lunch 

It may have involved cocktails

4) A holiday, sure YOLO 

Summer is coming guys. 

5) A nail appointment 

Chipped shellac is not cute 

6) Screw Nespresso, we got a Starbucks 

One grande, iced, sugar-free, vanilla latte With Soy Milk. And heavy on the cream.

7) Gin 

Because we're going out tonight, obvs.