While I was away in Leitrim in the north west of Ireland I saw a set of knives for sale. There was a sticker on them saying 'IR£7 or 14 euro'. I definitely knew that wasn't the right rate of exchange, and it turns out the man who runs the shop doesn't have a clue about money!
I am getting a rough idea of the conversion rate. For my son Vanya's birthday I bought him a budgie. I'd done research into the price and it was about £60. Then this year, it was priced in a different shop at about 80 euro and I thought that sounded about right.
I definitely wouldn't make any big purchases this year. I wouldn't feel comfortable buying a house or a car. Even buying a piece of furniture, I think I'll wait until I feel more comfortable with the currency before buying something I wouldn't normally."