Northern shopping’s true cost

A new website is calculating the exact cost of travelling to North to do your shopping before a penny is spent on goods.

A new website is calculating the exact cost of travelling to North to do your shopping before a penny is spent on goods.

Spendsouth.com asks site users to put in the make, model and spec of their car and where in the North they are travelling to, and where is in South they are travelling from.

The website aims to show the true cost of going North to the do your shopping, giving an accurate costing of fuel costs.

As an example, we took a Ford Mondeo 1.8 litre petrol travelling from Carrickmacross to just over the border in Newry, and the website calculated that this seemingly short trip would cost as much as €16.96.

Another example that illustrates the point that shopping up North is not nescessarily a money saver is that of a Toyota Avensis, 1.8 litre petrol travelling from Castleblayney to Banbridge in Co Down. On this occasion the website shows that such a trip would cost in the region fuel spending of €31.68.

A more extreme example of a Mercedes CLK 5 litre travelling from Cork to Newry would cost a staggering €94.82. These figures also don’t take into account the costs of tolls and of stopping for food over the course of a full day of shopping.

Nor does it take into account the stress of having to find sterling for pay parking, and somecases the shops themselves.

The website was developed by Aonghus Flynn, who says on Spendsouth.com that “Spending money outside the State costs jobs. If spending €4 a week on guaranteed Irish goods would create 6,000 jobs a week, how many jobs will be lost if there is an exodus North?”