New RTE programme "How to be Good with Money"

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Starting next Thursday 10th at 8.30 on RTE One.

https://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/1020162-how-to-be-good-with-money/

In each episode, Eoin helps a household with their finances. Some will be struggling, others less so, but all will have a clear financial goal or aspiration. Eoin will also provide viewers with accessible and incredibly useful hints and tips on personal finance.

Eoin has already been seen giving money advice in RTÉ Two’s This Crowded House with his positive and practical approach to personal finance. He is a regular contributor to national radio and other media, and is a certified CFP and qualified QFA, running his own business, Prosperous Financial Planning.

Across the series he’ll meet six very different households – a mix of families in financial trouble, or those facing a big financial outlay – a much-needed renovation, an early retirement, a house or a dream holiday. He’ll find out about the household’s financial issues and observe their current behaviours, spending and circumstance. Eoin will do a full financial audit and present the household with a clear financial plan to achieve their goal. Over the next few months he will follow the ups and downs as the household attempts to implement the plan.

Episode 1

In the first episode of the series, Eoin meets Kerri and Brian from Cork. They wonder if they’ll ever be able to save enough for big things like holidays, cars or even their own home – which is their long-term goal.

Kerri is a guidance counsellor and Brian teaches business, but even they find it hard to stick to a budget. They love spending cash socialising with friends and family – especially with so many good foodie destinations on their doorstep – yet struggle to remember where exactly their money goes each month. And with a family wedding coming up in the US, they would love to be able to go without getting into more debt. But one thing the couple are adamant about is that getting help from a financial planner "won’t make them tight."
 
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Bronte

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Never heard of him. Does he write in the newspapers? I hope he’s not the new Eddie Hobbs.
 

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Hi Bronte

Yes he contributes to radio programmes and sometimes writes in the Sindo. I have never heard him, so I don't know his presenting style.

It's produced by the same production company as produced Eddie Hobbs' Show me the Money so I would imagine that it will be the same "entertainment" type show. But that is what people want. They are not interested in programmes actually about money.

Brendan
 

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I think Eoin is meeting Kerri and Brian from cuckoo land going by the last paragraph
 

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Of course it's going to be popular with the huge no of "tell me what to do, life's so difficult" people we have all over the country. There's already a thread on here about the price of chips, coffee, tea, etc and how expensive it has become. However, a large no of the people who say they can't cope financially, etc, etc, tend to spend lots of time drinking and eating these very products, not at home, but in the places they'll be seen spending what they don't really have and discussing with their coffee partner how everyone else is able to do this and how unfair that is. Afterwards they go outside and have a puff off whatever is the order of the day @ €12 a pack. Easy enough for them to pay for this every day, simply take it from where ever there's a kitty to pay bills and just make that bill bigger and let them wait, or god forbid there's an inkling in the media that it won't need to be paid if they've got a sob story.

Thankfully we have a radio and tv broadcaster in Ireland who loves them, spreads their silly gospel on air about how cruel and difficult it is for them. No doubt at all we'll be introduced to quite a few of these. Yes, I do know there are cases where people have fallen on hard times and all that and help is indeed really needed, but the airheads out there who think we should be paying for their lifestyle on a permanent basis? Don't get me started.
 

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Noproblem my local public house would be a very dull and probbably closed pub with out these people, in fairness they spend it locally and as soon as they get it.
 

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Noproblem my local public house would be a very dull and probbably closed pub with out these people, in fairness they spend it locally and as soon as they get it.
Ha ha, exactly. Down the drain and tomorrow's another day. Who cares?
 

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but the airheads out there who think we should be paying for their lifestyle on a permanent basis? Don't get me started.
In fairness those taking part in this programme are surely recognising that their spending habits are part of a problem and are taking steps to rectify this.

My concern would be why a guidance counsellor and teacher of business studies need to take part. Between them should they not have these skills already?
 

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They love spending cash socialising with friends and family – especially with so many good foodie destinations on their doorstep – yet struggle to remember where exactly their money goes each month. And with a family wedding coming up in the US, they would love to be able to go without getting into more debt. But one thing the couple are adamant about is that getting help from a financial planner "won’t make them tight."
I despair for these idiots already.
 

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I despair for these idiots already.
Do they get paid for doing the show. Imagine showing the entire country how bad you are with money. Two good jobs, and they don't even have savings to pay for a holiday, never mind a car or house.

An inlaw of mine has been invited to a wedding in Italy. In the middle of nowhere. And she can't stay at the venue. The husband is refusing to go because of the costs and loss of work days. Two flights, rent a car, pay for accommodation, wedding present, and back to Ireland again. Crazy idea to have weddings abroad in a difficult to get to location putting crazy costs on guests. And all for a one or two night getaway. Best friends daughter.
 

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I think that the programme is feeding into the Money Diary Phenomenon

After the programme on Thursday, we will be all outraged at the wastefulness of these people. And it will be covered in the Twitter and water cooler discussions.

If Sarenco, Red, SnowyB and I did a series covering health insurance, choosing a mortgage, reviewing your mortgage, break fees, buy to lets, inheritance tax planning etc., it would have a much smaller audience and would engender little discussion.

Brendan
 

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I think that the programme is feeding into the Money Diary Phenomenon

After the programme on Thursday, we will be all outraged at the wastefulness of these people. And it will be covered in the Twitter and water cooler discussions.

If Sarenco, Red, SnowyB and I did a series covering health insurance, choosing a mortgage, reviewing your mortgage, break fees, buy to lets, inheritance tax planning etc., it would have a much smaller audience and would engender little discussion.

Brendan
Are you sure? Have you pitched it to RTE / TV3 (Virgin?). Could schedule it for before / after Operation Transformation. Call it Operation Financial Transformation.
 

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Do they get paid for doing the show. Imagine showing the entire country how bad you are with money. Two good jobs, and they don't even have savings to pay for a holiday, never mind a car or house.
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My original comment was very harsh but comes from frustration with friends in similar predicaments and with similar mindsets. Would prefer to remain poor than to be thought of as tight with money. Have no problem looking down on people who life modestly but well and have a few euros in the bank.
 

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I like these types of programmes. As well as addressing finances for the participants, they also help with life choices and priorities. Buy or rent / going back to college / expensive child care or full time mum etc.
Sometimes people can't see the woods for the trees, and an outsider can help. No doubt many of the viewers will pick up some tips too. Eoin was good in A Crowded House. It's not just about spending diaries, he had lots of knowledge and advice on grants, financial services, credit history.
Even if this type of show seems like Same Old Same Old info to some people, especially older financially savvy people - there will be plenty of people for whom this info is either new, or newly relevant.
Operation Transformation starts again this week too. It's not just about eat less, exercise more. Maybe some people also think this is a Rinse and Repeat type show. But it changes health, fitness and life expectancy for people who make the decision to engage with it each year.
 
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