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Jul 18, 2021
Gina Daly is the food blogger and author, with her husband, Karol, of The Daily Dish, now available as a cookbook. She is also one of the judges on RTÉ’s Battle of the Food Trucks. What’s the most important lesson about money your career as a blogger and cookbook author has taught you? It does not come easy and you have to work very hard for it, so don’t take it for granted when you have some. What has the coronavirus crisis taught you about money? That I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in and earning a regular wage. We worked from home so were able to continue as normal. I have seen friends lose jobs due to the pandemic and some have really struggled. Where is the most expensive place you ever visited? Monaco/Monte Carlo – although it was just for the day. We were staying in Alassio in Italy and went down on the train. The smell of money off the place. We had cocktails in Café de Paris and people-watched for an hour. The glamour and glitz was incredible. What’s the best advice you ever got about money? I’m actually brutal with money. I wish I had been given great advice about saving and spending and keeping track, but it just burns a hole in my pocket. Apart from property, what’s the most expensive thing you have ever bought? Business Newsletter Sign Up When we were expecting our eldest, Holly, I bought a stunning Mamas & Papas buggy, and even though it isn’t the most expensive purchase I’ve ever made, at the time we were broke, so it was a massive spend. What was your worst job? Worst job (although I loved the people) would have to be my first job at 15. My mam dragged me to the local chippers and asked if there were any jobs going. I prayed there wasn’t but, hey, there was! I got 35p an hour which was raised to 50p after a few months. I thought I was loaded. Are you better off than your parents? My mam was a mad saver. She used to take my dad’s wages and give him a few bob for the week. If we ever wanted money for the shops or to go out she would say ‘ask your father’. After she passed away we discovered savings accounts everywhere, she was some woman. I’d say if she were still alive she would have me well trained with money and be raging that my dad has his own bank account. What was your biggest financial mistake? Getting a credit card in my early 20s… at the time they were giving them out left, right and centre with massive limits on them. I thought I was loaded. I think I only actually finished paying it off a few years ago. What was your best financial killing? When I sold my first house. I sold it at the peak of the boom. House prices were crazy so I was very lucky. If you won the Euromillions, what would you do with the money? Spend it… I’d make sure to look after my immediate family and then just enjoy it! Have you ever made an insurance claim? In our last car, we got hit by a truck. The car was completely totalled but thankfully we were OK. Would you buy property now? We are very lucky we own our own home and bought at a good time, but if I was in the market for a new house, yes I would but I think if we were ever to move we’d probably move down the country, by the sea and get a fixer-upper and avoid big city prices. Do you ever haggle? No, Karol is the haggler, and now I have my dad with us he’s even better. What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt? Eating Out, good wine (although I’m 20 weeks pregnant so just watch Karol drink it) and trips away with the kids.