The global pandemic has not only changed our lives as we know it, but it has drastically changed the South African economy and in turn, our finances. South Africans have had to change their way of living to suit their new financial situation. Many have been left without any income for months, and are not able to afford the things they are used to, leaving us to make tough financial decisions that will affect our lives for years to come. Here are some ways to keep your finances going in our changed world.  

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Healthy finances are regarded as the state of stability of one’s person’s finances. It can be hard to gain financial stability in today’s world but there are steps you can take to get onto the right path towards healthy finances. Here are a few tips and tricks to guide you towards gaining healthy finances.  

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Can you believe we are halfway through the year already? The year has flown by during the nationwide lock-down as a result of the global pandemic and many South Africans have had a tough financial start to the year. Although many are saying 2020 is a write off, there are some changes to make to your finances to make the latter half of your year more bearable. Here are some tips on what you can do better to get your finances back on track for the other half of 2020. 

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Many South African families have had to adjust to living on a single income due to job loss or a reduction in income during the nationwide lock-down. School fees, food, electricity costs and other essential expenses remain, and you may find that your income no longer stretches far enough. Here are some tips to on how to make the most of one salary. 

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Struggling with debt during COVID-19 

Are you struggling with debt during COVID-19? Since South Africa announced its nationwide lock-down back in March, many have been left without jobs or receive a reduced salary and are generally in a bad financial situation. Although the government has provided some financial relief through temporary relief funds, this has proven to not be enough to help the average South African sustain their everyday lives. It may be best for you to take control of the situation yourself. Use this time to review your financial situation and reach out for help where you need it 

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Payment Holiday?

Many banks in South Africa are now offering payment holidays. Standard Bank, FNB and Absa to name a few. This has been put in place to allow consumers that are low on cash during these uncertain times to have a break from their debt payments.  

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Meerkat's guide to your finances

It’s always good to learn about finances. Here we provide a guide to your finances. The basics of budgeting, credit, banking, saving and debt are the pillars you need to focus on to not only improve your financial education but you will be able to apply what you learn to make your finances great.  

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To be able to  start saving you must be reasonable and realistic to yourself. Start with the small things. Be consistent and make it a habit.

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Can I take out credit after debt review?

Are you wondering if you can take out credit whilst undergoing debt counselling?  The answer is no, but for a good reason. If you are making reduced payments on your existing debt, the last thing you want to do is take on  further credit that will make your situation considerably worse. But what about after the debt review process, when all your debt is paid off?

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How can I wipe my credit clean?

Have you ever wondered how you can wipe your credit record completely clean? Now the next question you might probably have would be; how do I actually do it? Is it even possible to have my credit wiped out? Well...here's the good news, YOU CAN and IT IS POSSIBLE through a debt review application. Read on to find out how we can both help you and save you more on what you're currently paying.

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