Top author gives Wicklow Transition Year students’ the gift of financial awareness

More than 1,500 Transition Year students in Wicklow will receive a free copy of a bestselling money advice book from Ireland’s top financial expert to make them more financially savvy.

As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, John Lowe insists it is more crucial than ever that school leavers are equipped with the tools to help them to manage money.

A pilot scheme which last year saw 3,000 hard copies of Lowe’s bestselling book, Money Doctors 2021, delivered to 30 schools in Dublin, is now being replicated this month with Money Doctors 2022 ebook being rolled out to over 1,589 Transition Year students in 21 schools in Wicklow for free.

Lowe’s “gift to tomorrow’s leaders” was prompted after his 19-year-old son asked him while in UCD: “What’s an overdraft Dad?”

“After this question, I knew something needed to be done to arm young people with practical money advice that’s useful in their day-to-day lives,” said the father-of-three and qualified financial adviser. 

“Many young people talk enthusiastically about cryptocurrencies and NFTs, but how well do they understand basic financial terms like an overdraft? 

“The 2022 edition of Money Doctors covers everything you would want to know about personal finance in Ireland and contains a chapter aimed specifically at TY students and their money. 

“As many start earning with part-time jobs in Transition Year and take their first steps in handling personal finances, it is important for them to understand how money works and how to make, manage and spend it responsibly.” 

The TY chapter was written in collaboration with UCD’s Dr Rachel Farrell and James Doyle, the TY co-ordinator at St Andrew’s College in Booterstown, Dublin.  

It covers advice on how to make money, young people’s rights as part-time workers, managing money, opening bank accounts, getting the best return on savings and being credit wise.

Lowe, whose 2023 edition of Money Doctors is out in December, insists there is no “ulterior motive” in the gesture other than ensuring the next generation is clued into the world of finance. 

“This is my gift to tomorrow’s leaders and will be an annual gift to future TY students,” he said.

687 Irish secondary schools nationwide are in the process of receiving a unique code for their school’s TY class, which will allow students to download the 2022 e-book edition for free until October 9th. 

The gesture will be repeated every September. 

Money Doctors 2022 Cover
John Lowe’s Money Doctors 2022

In addition, a 148-page mini-book ‘Teenagers – You & Your Money’ will be incorporated into the 18th edition of Lowe’s upcoming book, Money Doctors 2023, published by Providence Press, which goes on sale in mid-December (RRP€12.99)

The book has been a bestseller in Ireland three times since the first edition was published in 2006.

Lowe’s tips on top 5 things teenagers can do to help reduce household costs this winter 

 1. Take shorter showers

 Standard showerheads use around 9 litres of water per minute, of which 6 litres are heated at a cost of 1cent per litre. A 10-minute shower could end up costing 70 cents per person per day. Cutting your shower time by even 2 minutes will knock €50 off your bill over a year – that’s €200 for a family of 4. 
 2. Bring your own lunch to school every day 
 It can be tempting to ask your parents for money to buy lunch in school or the local shop when you’ve all ingredients for a tasty lunch at home. That chicken fillet roll and drink from the canteen or local deli adds up, even if you were only to do it once a week. 

 3. Buy and sell second-hand clothes on apps like DePop or Facebook marketplace 

It’s no longer considered uncool to buy second-hand clothes and the quality can be excellent. As well as saving on clothes costs, it can be a great money earner too when you’ve grown out of your clothes and they’re still in good condition. Buying second-hand instead of new also helps protect the environment. 

 4. Don’t waste food

A massive €700 worth of food is wasted in an average Irish household every year. So try and avoid throwing out perfectly edible food. Watch best before dates, use up leftovers and if you’ve food that you no longer want, you can share it with your neighbours through an app like OLIO 
5. Avoid using the tumble dryer and dry your clothes naturally

It’s tempting to throw your clothes in the tumble dryer in winter but these are massive energy guzzlers, using five times the energy of a washing machine. A two hour cycle will cost almost €3.50, based on average prices right now. So 3 cycles per week adds up to €10.50 or €546 per year.

And finally, remember to switch off the immersion and shut the doors behind you!

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