Smyths Toys Discount Codes

Smyths is a great Irish success story – starting with one shop in County Mayo and growing to take on the likes of Toys R Us in the UK .  They sell loads of toys online and often have online promo codes for discounts.

The latest Smyths dscount codes can be used online  – but you have to order by click and collect , which means you will have to visit a Smyths shop to pick up your order. Not sure why Smyths are doing this – it is obviously to get people into their shops .

Get the latest Smyths Toys  Discount codes here
Code for €6 off when you spend €50 or more is BF6
Code for €12 off when you spend €100 or more is BF12

(Both are valid until Mon 27th Nov on click and collect orders.)

Smyths are also running a special offer of 2 selected toys for €20 – see the selected toys here

Some of the toys are priced at €14.99 – so getting 2 for €20 is  a saving of almost €10.

Many more discounts  and offers can be found on our Bargain Alerts Page


smyths toys discount codes


GAP Black Friday Discount Code

GAP  Get 40% off full-pricd items  and 25% off sale items . No exclusions. Enter promo code BFGAP at checkout. Valid all of Black Friday week – ends Saturday, 25th November.
Free delivery on orders over €50

Visit the GAP Website here

GAP Discount Codes
Gap offers inventive American style, clean, classic clothing and accessories Gap opened its first store more than 40 years ago – and started with a simple mission “to make it easy for everyone to find a pair of jeans.

See more online shopping discounts available in Ireland here


Lowest PrePay Mobile Call Charge Rates

Which provider has the lowest Pre Pay Mobile Call Charges  ?

There are probably dozens of different mobile plans , deals or bundles in Ireland – making it very hard to work out which is the best.  A recent UK survey found that mobile phone users waste billions of  pounds a year by paying for mobile call packages that are more than they need. Others don’t buy enough minutes or data in their bundles and then end up spending more money on high rate calls outside of the bundles.

Some people , especially the more elderly ,  might just want a mobile for receiving calls and only making a small number of calls. They might not want or need  data . For someone not on a special deal or minimum top up bundle –  making a call from a “pay as you go” mobile can cost as much as 35c  a minute . So for €10 credit you might only get 28 minutes of calls at that rate !

If you don’t want to have phone contracts or buy bundles that you know you will not fully use and will just expire after 1 month  – then you need to know which mobile network has the lowest price per minute for calls and texts on prepay:

Summary of Prepay Call rates in Ireland (Not as part of a Bundle)

 Mobile Calls
Cost Per  Min
 Calls to Landlines
Cost Per min


 29c  9c 9c


 32c  32c 14c

 Eir Mobile

 35c  35c 15c


35c 35c 15c


38c 38c 15c


Lycamobile charge 9c per minute for landline calls and 29c per minute for mobile calls . These were the lowest “out of bundle” call rates we found. By comparison – Eir and Vodafone charge 35c/min for all calls ; Tesco charge 32c/min and Three charge 38c per minute for all calls  .

We also  checked some of the cheapest Pay as You Go “bundle” options available for someone not making a large amount of phone calls . We checked prices of bundles that would allow at least  300 minutes of calls a month .

Lycamobile  have one of the the lowest priced options  : For €9 on Lycamobile  you  get 450 mins of calls to mobiles and landlines  plus 450 texts  in a month. (Includes unlimited free calls and texts to other Lycamobile phones). If you don’t want to buy a bundle – the Lyc mobile call rate of 9c per minute means that you would use up €9 of credit on just 100 minutes of mobile calls.

Also on  Lycamobile – for a €15 top up you get 1 month of unlimited calls plus 10gb data   – and you get to keep the €15 credit to buy texts or extras. (You could buy 160 texts)

A payment of €10 on 48Months -will get you 300 mins of Calls to Irish mobiles , 60 mins of  landline calls , “unlimited” texts to all networks and 1Gb of data for a month.

€10 on Eir Mobile gets you “unlimited” any network calls for a month (no data or texts) Unlimited means 5000 minutes on PrePay.

€15 on Tesco Mobile  gets you  “unlimited” calls plus 10GB data and free texts to Tesco mobiles and you keep the the €15 credit to use on something else.   (It would buy you just over 100 texts)

€15 on Id gets you 300  mins of calls and 30Gb data and the €15 credit can be used on texts.

€20 a month  on Vodafone will get you “unlimited” calls and texts plus 1Gb data. (5000 minutes)

If you don’t go for one of these  provider’s bundles and just top up and use the credit as and when you need it  – then  250 minutes of  calls in a month  ( 8 minutes a day) could cost you around  €75  ! (based on an average call charge of 30c a minute.) .

Summary of the Cheapest Mobile PrePay Bundles in Ireland

Mobile Network Price Call Minutes Data Gb  Texts
€9  450 450
48 Months €10 300 Mobile +
60 Landline
1GB Unlimited
Eir €10 Unlimited None None
Lycamobile * €15  Unlimited  10Gb  None
Id * €15 300  30Gb  None
Tesco * €15 Unlimited 10GB To Tesco Mobiles
Vodafone €20 Unlimited 1G Unlimited
  • Marked bundles * – you keep the credit to spend on extras.
    lowest pre pay call costs



Figures checked  November 2017

If you are a heavier mobile user – you should take a look at our pages on  Best Value Prepay Mobile Bundles  and  the Best SIM only Deals


Christmas Welfare Bonus 2017

As announced in Budget 2018 – A 2017 Christmas Bonus will be paid out again this year to eligible welfare and pension recipients . The 2017 bonus of 85% is expected to be paid to mst people along with normal weekly payments  during the week beginning November 27th 2017.

People doing part time work and getting Jobseekers Allowance will usually get  their Christmas Bonus in the following week (commencing 4th Dec.)

Anyone getting monthly payments will get any Christmas bonus due in their normal December payment.

The 85%  2017 Christmas Bonus for Social Welfare and Pensions was confirmed in  Budget 2018 on October 10th 2017 .  The bonus is set at the same level as it was in 2016 .

(Note: There will also be the usual “double week” of welfare and pension payments  just before Christmas . More details about the double payment week here

About 1.3 million people  will benefit from the Christmas Bonus  (almost 890,000 recipients and an estimated 400,000 dependents) . Around €219 million will be paid out . It will be useful for all the extra expenses at Christmas time. (In the UK the Christmas Bonus is just £10)

See the long list at the end of the article for all the benefits that are eligible for the Christmas Bonus 2017

Some Sample Figures for the Christmas Bonus 2017 (based on 85%)

Single Pensioner (Contributory)  – Weekly Pension =  €238.30  . Bonus of €202.60
Pensioner Couple – Weekly payment = €451.80. Bonus will be  €384
Jobseekers  Single Person – Weekly payment = €193.  Bonus will be €164 .
Jobseekers – Couple + 2 children. Weekly payment =  €380.70. Bonus will be €323.60

You will get 85% of your normal weekly payment.
If you are not on the  full weekly rate for any reason –  you will only get 85% of the actual rate you are paid.
(Christmas Bonus is paid on the  the Living Alone Increase, the Island Allowance and the Over-80 Increase). The Christmas Bonus is not paid on the Fuel Allowance.

The minimum Christmas Bonus payment is €20 .

The following payment types are eligible for the Christmas Bonus in Ireland.

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