Family finances articles

This family finances blog will inform on things from budgeting tips and tools, savings and everyday money guides, to protection for you and your family.


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Life insurance vs death in service benefit: What is the difference and how do I know what’s right for me?
Protecting your income is probably not the first thing you think about when planning your financial future. But the money you earn through your salary funds everything, from your daily household expenditure, right through to your dreams and passions.
Most of us don’t want to think about what would happen if we became ill and weren’t able to work. But illness or injury can happen to anyone, so doesn’t it make sense to have a protection plan in place in the event of something happening that prevents you from working?
Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath TD and Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD, delivered the Budget for 2024 to the Dáil.

Whether your children are in primarysecondary or third level education, chances are you are counting the costs. If you have children in private school, then you have an additional expense which we will focus on in this article.

Plans to save for the future have increased to 51%, according to Zurich’s annual ‘Cost of Education’ survey which shows families now more likely than last year to start a savings fund.
If you're planning to support your children when they reach college, it might be wise to start saving now because college costs can really add up. 
Buying school books each year can be costly, but there are ways to save money. Read our handy tips to save money on school books for primary and secondary school. 
Buying school uniforms for primary and secondary school children can be expensive. But there are some things you can do to manage the cost. 

Carolann Courtney and Brian O’Malley wanted to save for their family’s education for years. As so often happens, life got in the way. This article is an Irish Times Content Studio production.