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  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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 to become thrifty and save big
  • Saving doesn't come easy for most of us, since we're so accustomed to spending. But anyone can learn how to become more frugal and get in the habit of saving. Here are a few creative ways to become thrifty and save. 1. Ask for discounts   Did you know that you can call service providers and request a discount, especially if you’re a loyal customer? You can tell them that you are having f... ››› more
  • [14 November 2014]
  • Strategic ways to get rid of debt
  • What is the secret to getting out of debt? If you're looking for some magic way to eliminate debt, you won't find it. The harsh truth is that it's fairly easy to get into debt, but difficult to get out of it. The reason why you got into debt is irrelevant. People get into consumer debt for various reasons: they want to keep up with their higher-earning peers, they want to buy things they know ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2014]
  • The difference between good debt and bad debt
  • Is there such as a thing as good debt? While some people consider that all debt is bad, the truth is that not all debt is created equal. Some types of debt are worse than others. While some things are worth getting into debt for, others are not. What type of debt is considered good?  Good debt refers to long-term debt that usually pays off in the long run. It helps you generate income and ... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • How to save money in retirement
  • When you reach retirement, saving is not a priority anymore. After all, that's what you've been doing until now, right? Why should you be required to save more? By the time you retire, you should have a clear picture of your spending habits and how much you can afford to save each month. This will help you establish a budget and spend less during retirement. What happens if you can’t live c... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • Five ways to save money by going green
  • Going green will not only help the planet, it will also help you save big on your monthly bills. By making small adjustments to your lifestyle, you can end up with more money in your account at the end of the month. Here are five simple things you can do starting today to secure a better future for your children and increase your monthly savings. Green saving tip #1: Turn off and unplug elect... ››› more
  • [22 October 2014]
  • Why you should consolidate your retirement accounts
  • Are you considering consolidating your retirement accounts but don't know why you should do it? You can consolidate retirement accounts and transfer the money from several accounts into a single account in order to save time, energy, and stay organized and on top of your finances. Here are a few reasons why you should consolidate your retirement accounts.   You pay less in fees   It’... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • Five dumb excuses that keep you from saving money
  • How many times have you said to yourself: “I can't afford to save now. I'll save later, when I earn more money”? We can come up with many excuses for not saving money, but, in the end, we're only fooling ourselves. We're not only fooling ourselves, we're also preventing ourselves from enjoying a more financially secure future. What excuses are keeping you from saving more money each mont... ››› more
  • [13 October 2014]
  • How to save more and be happy while doing it
  • Whether you want to save more money to buy a new house or car, or you want to provide for your children's future or your retirement, you can start right now by implementing a few simple lifestyle changes. Cut your expenses and save more money each month by following these tips. 1. Save money when you go grocery shopping   Always go to the supermarket prepared. Have a shopping list prepared... ››› more
  • [01 October 2014]
  • 7 easy ways to save more money today
  • For many of us, saving doesn't come easily. We are much more excited to spend money than to save it, that's for sure. But saving doesn't have to be hard work and it doesn't have to feel like a chore. You can find simple ways to save money every day, if you are open-minded and get into the savings mode. Here are seven easy ways to save money without changing your lifestyle or feeling deprived... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Money saving tips for moms
  • Being a mom is difficult, especially when you have to live on a budget. Adopting a more frugal lifestyle and avoiding unnecessary expenses can help mothers stay on budget. There are plenty of smart ways to save money as a single or stay-at-home mother who needs to stick to a limited budget. Check out the following simple tips on how to save more money as a mom.   1. Buy in bulk and buy ge... ››› more
  • [23 September 2014]
  • Five ways to save money on food
  • Want to make saving money a priority from now on? Then start with your groceries. The average family throws away lots of food every month and ends up wasting money that could have been used for better purposes or put into savings. How can you begin saving more money each month on food? Here are five simple tips to get you started.   1. Create a weekly budget for food   One of the easies... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]
  • The top four summer strategies to beef up your portfolio
  • I remember my childhood days like they were yesterday: Summer meant long road trips, cold ice cream, camping trips, park rides, and lots of outdoor games. These days, summer means irregular volatility, thinner liquidity, and higher margins for me. (And cold ice cream, still got to have ice cream.) Liquidity tends to choke up in the summer, because this is the time of year when stock traders... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]
  • The five trading habits that have helped me to be the youngest bank retiree
  • This month is our heritage month! Not many people understand the real meaning behind Heritage Day which we celebrate annually in September. Well, Heritage Day is a national holiday where all South Africans celebrate their cultural heritage and embrace their diverse traditions and values that contribute to our “rainbow nation”. To celebrate heritage month, take a look at some of the diver... ››› more
  • [17 September 2014]
  • Five reasons why you should dump unit trusts for ETFs today
  • You must have heard of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by now. But there's a lot of confusion about what they are and how they differ from unit trusts. ETF’s vs Unit trusts: What’s better?    Before I get carried away, let me differentiate between unit trusts and ETFs. See, a unit trusts is a collection of stocks, passively or actively managed. You can basically buy for example, s... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
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