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  • Can you afford to retire comfortably?
  • Can you afford to retire comfortably? Most people nearing retirement are haunted by this question. When it comes to retirement planning, it's important to take time to familiarize yourself with what this period will mean for you, financially speaking. After all those years you've dedicated time and energy into your work, retirement is the time to finally enjoy a comfortable, stress-free lif... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • Should you use store credit cards for holiday shopping?
  • The holidays are almost here and that means the spending frenzy is well on its way. Retailers will go out of their way to make their special offers more enticing and convince customers to shop like there is no tomorrow. The question is what will you do? Will you give retailers and marketers satisfaction? Will you shop ‘til you drop or will you be more responsible and protect your savings from... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • How to pay off debt strategically
  • Do you feel stuck in debt? With every purchase you make, do you get sink deeper and deeper into debt? Then it's time to take action and work on paying off your debt as quickly as possible. While it may take years to completely pay off your debt, it's highly advisable that you take action starting now, instead of postponing it to an unknown future date. Here is how to pay off your debt strate... ››› more
  • [09 December 2014]
  • How to pay off your mortgage loan faster
  • In a down or uncertain economy, the smartest thing you can do is reduce debt in all areas of your life. Paying off your mortgage loan sooner is one of the best things you can do for your financial future. On the road to financial freedom, you're going to have to make a few sacrifices. Paying off your mortgage sooner will be worth the trouble, since the psychological and financial rewards of be... ››› more
  • [08 December 2014]
  • Foolish ways you're spending money
  • We all do it. Wasting money on purchases we don't really need, that is. Impulse and emotional purchases play a large role in our bad spending habits. Acknowledging our money mistakes is the first step towards building a more secure financial future. What are the most foolish and most avoidable bad purchases we make on a daily basis?   1. (Unused) Gym memberships   Congratulations to y... ››› more
  • [08 December 2014]
  • New Year's resolutions that help you save money
  • Are you already working on your New Year's resolutions? The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new goals for yourself and get rid of old habits that are slowly but surely damaging your health. The dawn of a new year is also the time when you need to reconsider your financial situation. If you've been struggling to save more in the past, but have failed to do so, you can make it your... ››› more
  • [05 December 2014]
  • Are you a self-employed business owner struggling to get a home loan? This one's for you!
  • We all know the secret to investing in property is ‘using other people's money'. Whether it be money from friends and family, as investors, or the money the bank borrows from you. It's ‘other people's money' that allows you to buy more property than you would've on your own - Locking in growth and a steady income stream from day one. Now obviously we all don't have ‘investors' to join ... ››› more
  • [05 December 2014]
  • How to put your tax-free savings account to good use
  • In March, you can start to take advantage of tax-free savings accounts. The move by the National Treasury is to encourage South Africans to save. So how should you use your tax-free savings to your advantage? And should it form part of your retirement planning? Let's take a closer look… How tax-free savings accounts work In four months’ time, you’ll be able to invest into your... ››› more
  • [02 December 2014]
  • Personal finance tips for the holidays
  • Planning on having Christmas on a budget this year? It can be quite frustrating to stay within the budget during the shopping frenzy of the holiday season, when everyone is busy spending money. In order not to go overboard with your holiday spending, implement some sound personal finance tips. 1. Trim your Christmas gift list    If your Christmas gift list includes many members of the ext... ››› more
  • [02 December 2014]
  • What to do now if you want to retire early
  • Retiring early is every busy worker's dream. You may love your job, but that doesn't mean you can't secretly dream of retiring early. The biggest concern when it comes to retiring early is saving up enough money. Since we all have plenty of financial problems on a daily basis and we hardly ever have any money to spare, most often saving for retirement is not one of our priorities. Don’t let... ››› more
  • [02 December 2014]
  • Keep yourself safe this holiday season by avoiding credit card scams
  • Everyone can fall victim to credit card scams. Knowing how to protect yourself and watching out for potential threats can make it much more difficult for scammers to take control of your credit card account. Don't think that it can't happen to you. Because it can. And Christmas is that time of year when credit card fraud is at its peak. Here are a few ways you can protect your credit cards fr... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • Saving tips for the festive season
  • Christmas is on its way and so the shopping frenzy begins! As exciting as this time of the year may be, it's also one of the costliest. If you have a big family and tons of presents to buy, you're likely to go bankrupt before Christmas even begins! If money is an issue this festive season, there are various ways to reduce your expenses and enjoy Christmas without going overboard with your spend... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • How much should you save for retirement depending on age
  • How much should you save for retirement? This question is on everyone's mind sooner or later. You should perform a reality check on a regular basis before retirement, to make sure you are on the right track. Most financial experts recommend that you save between 10 and 15 percent of your current income for retirement.   It’s important to set certain targets and milestones when to reasse... ››› more
  • [27 November 2014]

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