What is the Real Cost of your Pet?

Aww is not the puppy cute? Dogs, cats, and many other little creatures have been our companies for many years now. Especially during these times, many people are adopting to have someone to keep us company at home. Humanity has had these animals for tens of thousands of years. It started off as a mutual relationship, the animals receiving shelters and food from us to eat and in return, they keep predators away from us and our homes. In today’s word, that is not the case anymore. Now it is more of a one-way relationship, as we choose to bring them home in reward for companionship.

We spend lots of money on our furry friends, but we do not receive any financial reward back from them, excluding the internet sensation pets. What is shocking is 98% of pet owners significantly underestimate the lifetime cost of their pet(s). Well, how much are we expected to spend on our pets? According to the PDSA in the UK, the average lifetime cost of a furry friend is about 30 thousand euros on dogs …

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Zero cost changes can help your financial journey become better

Living a healthy financial life does not always mean spending as little money that it brings the joy out of life but bringing enjoyment in ways to spend or save money. Of course, investing in good furniture rather than the cheap table that the paint chips is a much better choice. But there are also plenty of other ways to upgrade your life by changing things out for no extra costs.

Using your existing memberships to access free and complementary goods.

Did you look closely at the membership you paid for? Chances you did not. Many of our memberships give us access to free shows or movies like Amazon Prime or free access to airport lounges. There is a lot of value we are paying into our memberships already. Like magazines or books, they can be expensive to subscribe to each month or purchase individually. At the library, they already hold many of these subscriptions and publications which we can check out for no costs. For instance, some libraries provided a handful of museum memberships the public can check out …

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Two Budget cuts that hurt you in the long runs

Oftentimes, we try to better our financial budgets by cutting things or cutting back on how much we spend to make healthier financial decisions. If you are in a situation where the money is tight, is common to cut back on things you do not need. Being honest with yourself if you are spending way too much on items is a great step to be stepping towards improving yourself. But not all budget cuts are created equally, some of these budget cuts will be costing you more in the long run. It could be not looking into the cost peruse or not paying something in the short term which could accumulate to a large expense in the long term. These are some examples of things that are likely to cost you more than saving money. Here are some examples that can hurt you more than save you.

Regular Car Maintenance

Lots of the population avoid paying a little bit each month for car maintenance like it is the plague, many of them always end up with disastrous car problems which …

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How our brains destroy our finances and how to avoid it

Typically, we want to focus on the good habits we do and improve further on them. Of course, these are good things to know about like managing your money, budgeting, and so much more. Although we try our best to stay on track, the reality is it will not always finish the pathway. Our brains have developed to have a certain way of perceiving and understanding things. Our brains have default habits and modes it follows which can get in the way of even the most knowledge and objective people’s finance. It tends to steer away from logic and make us choose worse options even though we hold the information to do better. With the right precautions, we can teach you how to outsmart your brain. 

Hyperbolic discounting.

To start, hyperbolic discounting is when there is a temporary discount for our preferred immediate over future rewards. We value something more that happens now rather than waiting for it in the future. Credit cards are one of the prime suspects of this action. We purchase an item we might not be …

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Is Dublin the newest popular city for firms to move to?

From recent research by British Newspaper, The Observer, it has been stated that Dublin is the most popular destination for financial companies moving businesses out of London in the past year. Many of these companies specialize in financial services and it has been found that a total of 34 companies have found to have jobs shifting into the capital city. In 2016, the EU passed a referendum which has caused firms located previously in the city to start leasing space in other cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Luxembourg, and Dublin. This is to ensure that they are still able to keep maintaining business with their EU clients.

Credit Unions are also planning on launching a new credit card within the next month. The Irish League of Credit Unions has been testing this new card in Ballinasloe in preparation for launching the card with another 14 credit unions across Ireland within the first half of 2021. This card removes the credit union member’s dependency on cash and will give them another option in payments or doing their banking services with …

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Ways to build a healthy relationship with saving money

When it comes down to money there are many belief systems out there. From one side, there are people who absolutely refuse to save money even if they have room in their income to do so. While on the other side, there are absolutely obsessed with saving money. They insist there to be no indulgences, coupon clipping every day, no mistakes, and sadly no joy. In the perfect world, we fall in the middle practising both sides so we can balance and enjoy our daily lives while seriously saving for things to come.  Here you will learn how to master balancing the interests of present you and future you.

Most importantly and fundamentally, you need to believe both saving and spending are important. Without seeing the value in both it is very hard to find your perfect balance. For example, if you believe saving is the adult thing to do, chances are you will not put much effort to save money or even start saving money. Same for spending, if you believe spending money on anything is a sin, you …

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How will the rising of State Pension Liabilities affect you?

Recently, state pension liabilities have been on the rise at around 10% annually, according to a recent studying involving Ireland’s pensions, it claims that pension schemes across Ireland have over €600 billion worth of liabilities. The study analyzes are many Irish households were privately owned by employers and the government, finding that the State pension accounts for almost 60% of all liabilities. Within that, the public sector pensions account for nearly a quarter while the private sector pensions are around 16%.

Overall, the pension liabilities within Ireland has increased by 7%, however, there are still differences in the positions of such schemes. The liabilities of private sector schemes has increased at just over 1%, while the public sector schemes have almost increased by 10% for state pension liabilities. One of the biggest issues is the sustainability of the current State pension scheme and whether the age requirement on the scheme will rise to 67 as previously planned, and then to 68 in 2028.

The study in 2018 shows that Ireland’s total pension liability at that time was equal to 186% …

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How to be an ethical investor

First, it is so hard now even before the pandemic to avoid the issues of human rights violation, climate change, corporate abuse, and much more. Sometimes even donating to organizations it is hard to feel those impacts. It causes us to feel crushed by all the problems happening around us and ignore them altogether. But have you taken a deeper look into your investment portfolio? You might ask yourself, is my money-making things better or worse? How can I only donate, but help myself and others in a sustainable way?

Of course, our intentions for investing are obviously to grow our money’s worth for the long or the short term, but on the flip side, the cost of the profits for the company might be quite damaging to not only us but to others. Although you are using your money for good intentions does the thing you are investing in believe in the same morals and principles as you are? Do you continue to take part in this system pretending nothing is happening or is there a better way to …

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What does Ireland truly stand economically compared to other European powers? (pt. 3)

Another form of measurement used when accessing the healthiness and prosperity of a country is the state of its citizens. In this case, a national indicator of household welfare is known as “actual individual consumption” or AIC. This measurement is also a part of the GDP, where it takes into account the consumption of households on services such as healthcare, education, and housing. What AIC does not take into account is the collective government spending such as defence, policing, debt services etc…

Internationally, AIC includes about 2/3 of all GDP. AIC seems to be the best fit measurement of current living standards of households, which can also e adjusted for price differentials across different countries. Ireland currently ranks less high on this measure than compared to others. Ireland’s AIC rank in the European Union has jumped around quite a bit. At 11th place in the 1990’s up to 6th in 20078. But then afterwards it fell to 14th place in 2009 and returned up to 12th place by 2019. Using this measurement, Ireland actually falls behind all six of the …

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What does Ireland truly stand economically compared to other European powers? (pt. 1)

Ireland may not seem to one of the most powerful countries in Europe, but there are also many misleading statistics that surround the State. This leads to a misconception of what the residents of the country truly experience and how life in Ireland plays out. Statistics such as per capita GDP, the Human Development Index, and GDP per head are skewed because of international relations within Ireland. Many times people look at one of the previously mentioned statistics and assume everything about a country on that one number. But you cannot presume that off of one indicator. Multiple accounts and indicators will have to be taken into account when determining the overall status and standing of a country.

Looking at Ireland, many individuals are inclined to believe that the numbers do not show the country as prosperous, but if the small city-state of Luxembourg was taken out of the GDP, Ireland would have the highest GDP per head in all of Europe. When looking at the composite representation of a country, GDP and GNI may not be enough to have …

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