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Expense Report

SUMMER 2008
corey says…I’m keeping a running tally of some of the common items I’m purchasing in Ireland this summer. $ prices are based on the exchange rate for the day (about €1 = $1.55 – $1.60). More items will gradually be added:


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SNACKS & BEVERAGES
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Diet Coke (500 ml = 16 oz) 31Apr08
€1.40 ( $2.18 ) Petrol Station
€1.10 ( $1.71 ) Grocery Store
€1.00 ( $1.55 ) Lidl 9May08

Bottled Water (500 ml = 16 oz) 02May08
€1.49 ( $2.32 ) Petrol Station

Candy Bar 01May08
€.74 ( $1.15 ) Grocery Store
(Mars Bars were on sale 2 for €1 – ( $1.56 )

Magnum Bar (ice cream) 05May08
€1.75 ( $2.72 ) Petrol Station & Grocery Store

Pre-Made Sandwiches 13May08
€2.99 ( $4.63 ) (Chicken Salad)
€3.99 ( $6.19 ) (BLT & Chicken/Bacon/Egg)

99 (ice cream) 26May08
1.50 ( $2.37 )


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RESTAURANTS & PUBS
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Pint of Guinness 05May08
€4 ( $6.23 ) Pub

Fiacri House
4-course gourmet meal June08
€55 ( $85 )

Large Pizza Hut Pizza (2 Toppings) 04May08
€19 ( $29.57 ) + Bottomless Diet Pepsi €2.99 ( $4.65 ) – served two people

SuperMac’s Smokey Bacon Burger (Ireland’s version of McDonald’s) 01May08
€3.85 ( $6.00 )

Sheperd’s Pie 17May08
10.50 ( $16.56 ) Country Choice, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Chicken Dinner with Potatoes and Veg 15May08
€10.50 ( $16.28 ) Yew Tree Restaurant, Co. Westmeath
other entrees were up to €13 ( $20 )


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PUBLICATIONS
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Nenagh Guardian (local paper) 31Apr08
€1.85 ( $2.88 )

Irish Independent (national paper) 01May08
€1.80 ( $2.80 )

Garden Heaven (Irish Gardens Magazine) 19May08
€4.95 ( $7.67 )


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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
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Petrol (Gas) 05May08
€1.22 – 1.28 per litre ( $1.90 – 1.99 per litre / $7.20 – 7.54 per gallon ) (someone should probably check my math on this one)

Petrol (Gas) 17June08
€1.28 – 1.36 per litre ( $2.00 – 2.11 per litre / $7.54 – 8.00 per gallon) (please double check my math here)

Parking In Nenagh for 3 hours 01May08
€1.00 ( $1.56)

Parking In Cork City Centre parking structure for 2 hours 16June08
€4.20 ( $6.50 )

Parking In Cork City Centre street parking for 2 hours 17June08
€2.00 ( $3.10 )

B&Bs in Boyle, Co Roscommon & Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Mid-May 2008
€40 ( $62 ) per person

Hotel B&B in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, Mid-May 2008
€45 ( $70 ) per person + €20 ( $31 ) single supplement charge

Hope Castle in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan
€98 ( $150 ) 3-person family room with full breakfast

A 2-Star Hotel, Dublin 05June2008
€55 ( $87 ) single with continental breakfast

Budget B&B
, Cork, County Cork 16June2008
€55 ( $87 ) single

Dublin Higher End Hotel The Morrison 06June2008
€165 ( $255 ) double room no breakfast


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Attractions
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Cruachan Ai
(Heritage Centre/Museum – Tulsk, Co Roscommon) 15May08
€4.00 ( $6.32 )

OPW Heritage Card 14May08
€21.00 ( $33.16 )

Boyle Abbey (OPW site) 15May08
€2.10 ( $3.32 )

Dundrum Plantarum (Free)

Parkes Castle (OPW site) 14May08
€2.90 ( $4.58 )

Butter Museum, Cork 17June08
€3.00 ( $4.65 )

Saint Anne’s Church Tower, Cork 17June08
€5.00 ( $7.74 )

Cork Hop On/Off Bus 16June08
€13.00 ( $20.13 )


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GROCERIES
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6 Eggs (grocery store) 01May08
€1.64 ( $2.55 )

Pears (bag of 6 at Tesco) 05May08
€2.49 ( $3.88 ) (it was Buy 1 Get 1 Free, so I really only paid half that price)

Milk 1 litre ( .24 gallons ) 05May08
€1.12 ( $1.74 ) (grocery store)

Cheese 200g (7oz) 07May08
€2.39 ( $3.70 )

Peanut Butter 454g ( 16oz ) 19May08
€1.49 ( $2.31 ) Tesco

Whipping Cream 250ml ( 8oz ) 19May08
€1.19 ( $1.85 ) Grocery Store

Sugar 1kg ( 35oz ) 19May08
€.85 ( $1.32 ) Grocerty Store

Frozen Pizza 19May08
2 for €6.98 ( $10.82 )

Yogurt 180g ( 6.3oz ) 11May08
€.66 ( $1.03 )

Apple 11May08
€.45 ( $.70 ) (grocery store)

Cup of Soup – 3-pack 11May08
€.85 ($ 1.33 )

Canned Peaches 410g ( 14.5oz ) 11May08
€1.39 ( $2.18 )

Barry’s Tea 300g ( 10.5oz ) 19May08
€1.49 ( $2.33 )


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MISCELLANEOUS
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9 Volt Battery (Generic Brand) 02May08
€4.29 ( $6.68 )

Colgate Toothpaste 125ml ( 4oz )
€1.49 ( $2.33 )

Curling Iron 26May08
12-19 ( $18.90-29.95 )

Sudafed (12 Tablets) 17June08
€4.82 ( $7.48 )

Universal Memory Card Reader 25May08
9.99 ( $15.75 ) for getting digital pics from memory card to laptop

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Realize that most items are purchased in County Tipperary where I’m staying, so there might be some fluctuation between areas. Let me know if there is a particular item you’d like me to price.

If you found this expense report useful, be sure to check out Pat Preston’s Sample Prices list at http://web.mac.com/patpreston/Site_13/Blog/Entries/
2008/8/22_Saving_Money_on_Meals_in_Ireland.html

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ned permalink
    May 7, 2008 5:26 PM

    I’ve never purchased a pizza in Ireland, but after seeing you cost note on it, that won’t be happening!

  2. Jim permalink
    May 8, 2008 3:56 PM

    $6.23 for a pint……Jesus, Mary and Joseph!….

  3. Karen permalink
    January 1, 2009 4:55 AM

    This all is very interesting. Some days we just bought what we wanted, cuz we didn’t want to cringe at the price 🙂 I agree with Ned, wouldn’t buy a pizza in Ireland anyway — too many better food options 🙂

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