PENSIONER Bridie Flynn said that she already had very little left from her €240 weekly income.
But the 84-year-old from Irishtown, Dublin, will have even less following cuts to telephone and electricity allowances.
She said she is able to get a "few messages" in the shop with the money she saved through these exemptions.
"And with the property tax -- in God's name how could you pay it? Some of my family have high mortgages," said Mrs Flynn.
"I don't know what the people are going to do. I get a €240 old age pension. I have no other pension now."
She can make ends meet but there is nothing left over when she has paid all her expenses. She added: "You don't have anything left.
"One time you had a few bob but not any more. There's always something coming in the door.
"The way we pay more when we go for a prescription -- all of these little things add up."