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Financial Recovery: How to Prioritise Your Bills

When it comes to managing your monthly expenses, it can be difficult to define how you should settle your costs – especially if you have recently found yourself in financial distress, or suffered an unforeseen emergency expense that you couldn’t have anticipated.  While it is important to settle all of your expenses, prioritising your payments can help you form a plan of action and allo…

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What are Loyalty Programmes, and How Can I Benefit?

Loyalty programmes are offered by retailers to encourage you to shop at their outlets. We explore how you can leverage these schemes to boost your budget.  What is a loyalty programme?  Loyalty programmes are reward schemes that are designed to attract and retain customers that can either offer discounts on goods or services, offer free rewards, or can give a ‘cashback’ option where cu…

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Rand Value: How is the Value of Currency Determined?

Currencies are used to exchange for goods and services, but how are they valued? In this helpful guide, we explore what defines the South African Rand.  What is a ‘currency’?  “Currency” is a term that refers to a medium of exchange for goods and services. While today people would traditionally use paper or coins (or digitised representations of paper or coins) when transacting either…

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How Load Shedding Can Hit Your Pocket, and What You Can Do

While load shedding isn’t a new phenomenon for South Africans, we continually need to adjust our budget and plans to adapt to life without electricity, even for short periods.   In late 2019, we reached the unprecedented Stage 6, with rolling blackouts lasting up to eight hours of the day. Although load shedding means we might be spending less on the electricity we aren’t actively using…

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How and Why Should I Set Up an Estate?

An estate is what is called a ‘legal entity’ or ‘legal vehicle’, which is used to manage your assets and your finances after you have passed on. Rather than immediately distributing all of your wealth or possessions to loved ones, an estate can manage these assets as a company or group of people would – creating what is called ‘continuity’ after your passing, where you can create rules t…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Emergency Budget Speech

With the sudden spread of COVID-19 across the globe, and the need for our government to initiate a national lockdown to control the rate of infection and manage the capacity of hospitals and clinics to care for the affected and vulnerable, the National Treasury has needed to adjust the budget that was first presented in February this year to accommodate for the financial impact felt over…

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What Financial Relief is Available During Lockdown?

The national lockdown can be financially challenging – our list of resources and options for financial relief can help you control your income and cash flow.  Submit a claim to the UIF or TERS  The Unemployment Insurance Fund has offered assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and has set up specific benefits for, and made existing benefits applicable to employees that are financially …

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A Guide to Managing Your Money in Lockdown

Our national lockdown has brought on new financial challenges. From managing your expenses to generating additional income, our in-depth guide is here to help. Switch to a cheaper bank account It often goes unsaid that one of the most silent, and yet pricey, expenses you may be settling each month are your bank account fees. In South Africa, there are many different types of banking a…

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