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To be pissed off that out of €624 I have €14 left.

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BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 12:57:42

Collected my child benefit this morning and after buying school books for 2DC I have €14 left.
Which is earmarked for the tv licence.

LadyThumb Tue 05-Jul-11 12:58:45

What were the books - gold-plated??!!

PotteringAlong Tue 05-Jul-11 12:58:52

that's a heck of a lot of books...

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:04:50

14 books,1 recorder,copies,folder for DC1 and nine books,folder for DC2.Cheapest one was €12-95.Thats not including school shoes.And the ''voluntary'' contribution.And photocopying.
We already paid €70 to secure DC2's place.Free education my hole.

Bloody recorder cost €29.

Reality Tue 05-Jul-11 13:07:19

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PotteringAlong Tue 05-Jul-11 13:08:41

Recorder

International delivery may be your friend! (but more helpful before you'd spent the money, I know smile

Yes you are BU as it's child benefit and it went on the children, no?

It wasn't TV licence benefit after all smile

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:10:00

Its a particular type of recorder.The most expensive it seems.
Yes Reality I get €624 CB.Whats your point?

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 05-Jul-11 13:11:27

how do you get so much child benifit, i have 2 dc and gets approx £140 per month

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:11:42

Bin I was hoping to be able to put some by for the ''voluntary'' contribution.For two.I reckon it will be about €45 each.

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Tue 05-Jul-11 13:11:54

I think the point was it sounds alot.

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:12:56

Well for every child in Ireland you get CB regardless of income.I have 4 children.

coccyx Tue 05-Jul-11 13:13:40

70 pounds to secure a place??????
child benefit, thats what its for

coccyx Tue 05-Jul-11 13:14:42

Is this the same Ireland that needs bailing out as finances up the swanny???

SherlockMoans Tue 05-Jul-11 13:15:10

I never buy books in the high street any more, I know I can always get them cheaper online - did you need them in a rush?

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:15:39

It might sound a lot but when you pay €55 for a doctors visit,€20 approx for a prescription etc.
Personally I would prefer to have the NHS and less CB.Sounds a lot to anyone outside Ireland but this country is so expensive.Saw a double priced top in M&S the other day.€26/£12.

Reality Tue 05-Jul-11 13:16:14

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Collaborate Tue 05-Jul-11 13:16:33

I think the hint in the OP is the currency €.

The benefit system in Ireland is completely different to the one here.

Reality Tue 05-Jul-11 13:17:01

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WhereonearthamI Tue 05-Jul-11 13:17:39

If it's a descant and for group lessons I can understand the teacher not wanting to go for the cheapest. Not a nice sound. It also helps if all the children have the same model as they will be easier to tune to each.

As for it being the most expensive you're way out. Can go up to over a grand for a professional model.

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:18:13

Yes the same Ireland.They wanted to means test it but wheres the cut off?The working poor would be plunged into poverty without it.

piratecat Tue 05-Jul-11 13:18:14

blimey, i didn't know you had no nhs for kids in Ireland?

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:23:46

I understand Where but I was looking and saw them for €12/€16 etc.
Also most of the books are workbooks.Surely in these times when people are choosing between heating and eating they should revert back to the good old copybook.

I completly understand that it sounds a lot but costs are so high here.I was in Manchester recently and eating out cost me £22.Same meal here would have cost at least €50.

I know the NHS isn't perfect but imagine having a sick child and only €20 in your purse.

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 05-Jul-11 13:25:32

i like reading threads like this, just shows how lucky we are to have the NHS and all it has cost me is the price of school uniform.

BumWiper Tue 05-Jul-11 13:26:11

No pirate.There are medical cards for those on benefits (Jobseekers etc) and GP visit cards for lower earners but it was revealed that many families are living hand to mouth due to being on the limit for additional help and therefore paying for everything.

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