Our efforts to answer Brian’s question about budgeting for a trip to Ireland continue with Stephanie Chastain from Infinite Ireland as we focus on food and other expenses.
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- Liam and the public toilet in Nenagh, County Tipperary
- Intro – Mary Mulvihill – www.ingeniousireland.ie
- Episode #144 How Much Should I Budget for Transportation on My Trip to Ireland?
- Episode #145 How Much Does Accommodation Cost in Ireland?
- Welcome baby Alexander
- Stephanie Chastain — www.infiniteireland.com
- How Much Does It Cost? Part III: Food in Ireland – http://www.infiniteireland.com/how-much-does-it-cost-part-iii-food-in-ireland/
- Connected to land and sea
- How much money are we going to need for food?
- B&B Advantage: Breakfast comes with your accommodation
- What type of food do you want to eat? Pub grub: sandwiches, stews, soups, roasts
- €10 for lunch per person
- €20 for dinner per person
- Berry crumble or banoffee pie for a treat
- Quick and inexpensive option: a sandwich or “meal deal” with a drink and crisps/chips from a petrol/gas station or grocery store from the premade sandwich section or made-to-order deli
- Budgeting for pints and beverages
- A pint of Guinness could cost €4 to €6 (Dublin City/Temple Bar/touristy areas can be the most expensive).
- Self-catering (renting a home or apartment) grocery budget
- Groceries can cost about 20% more than they do in the US
- You’ll be buying many staples and you can’t really buy in bulk, so you’ll probably spend more than you would at home.
- Chocolate and sweet treat splurges
- Butlers Chocolates – bars and hot chocolate – http://www.butlerschocolates.com/
- Queen of Tarts in Dublin – http://www.queenoftarts.ie/
- Chocolate shop in Westport, County Mayo
- Skelligs Chocolate, County Kerry – http://www.skelligschocolate.com/
- Activities – admissions cost from €0 to over €10
- Most admission costs are available online
- Examples Guinness Store House & National Gallery
- €10 per person per day is a good amount to budget
- Some sites like churches might just ask for a donation – €1-€2 donation
- Specific activities like horseback riding, rock climbing, sailing on a Galway Hooker (a boat), Skellig Michael would go above the €10 per day mark
- Shopping – souvenirs
- You could do it with €100-200, but you could spend a lot more
- Make a list of people before you leave
- Suggested souvenirs: candy bars, tea towels, wall plaques, scarves, woolens, crystal
- It’s okay if you can only afford €5 to €10 on souvenirs per person back home
- Miscellaneous items (cushion in your budget)
- Drinks, trinkets, umbrella, public restrooms, laundry (€10), flat tire
- Credit and debit cards make it easier to pay for unexpected expenses and to access cash
- Do you keep an emergency fund?
- Most unexpected expenses won’t cost you more than €200, so you don’t need thousands of euros on hand
- Keep emergency cash separate from your wallet/purse