Parents who are sick of tripping over unwanted toys can avail of a new two-week scrappage scheme.
Smyths Toys Superstores are launching their toy scrappage scheme which will run from October 20 until November 2.
Bringing an unwanted toy to one of their superstores will entitle the shopper to a booklet of vouchers, offering money off the top toys this Christmas. The booklet has more than 140 vouchers with more than €900 of savings which can be used in store until November 7.
Offers include: €15 off the HELLO KITTY DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA which will be €54.99 with the toy scrappage discount; €10 off the TOY STORY 3 WOODY AND JESSIE INTERACTIVE TWIN PACK (left), also €54.99 with the discount.
Jamie Darby, from Smyths, says: “This is bound to be a very popular scheme as customers will be rewarded for discarding unwanted toys.”
Healthy pregnant women and women up to six weeks after giving birth who have not previously received the swine-flu vaccine are being urged to get the seasonal-flu vaccine this year.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said that these women are at a higher risk of complications from swine flu.
It said that pregnant women who have a long-term medical condition, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, need to get the seasonal flu vaccine, even if they have already had the swine flu vaccine.
The HSE has launched its 2010 seasonal-flu vaccination campaign. The flu virus changes every year, which is why a new flu vaccine has to be given every year.
Based on advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year the seasonalflu-vaccine contains three common fluvirus strains, including the swine-flu strain, which is expected to be the most common strain this winter.
The National Consumer Agency (NCA) has published a Christmas budget planner on its personal financial website www.itsyourmoney.ie which will help cash-strapped parents plan for the festive season now.
An online poll carried out by the NCA showed that 53pc of people are planning a low-budget Christmas this year. Karen O’Leary, of the NCA, says: “It might seem early to start thinking about Christmas, but if you work out how much you plan to spend now, it will allow you to start saving to reach that target. Or you could start shopping early to spread the cost.”