Is debt review a good idea?

If you are struggling with paying off your debts, you may be considering debt review and may hear differing opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of debt review. Let's look at the comment opinions.

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Debt Management – What are my options?

The more money you owe, the less likely you will be able to repay your debt. The only good debt is money that you borrow in order to make more money, like an investment. Make sure your finances are organised, know who you owe money, decide which debt to pay off and put together a monthly budget.

There are various options available when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by debt. Make sure you choose the right one for you.

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Save effectively to keep you debt free

In an over-indebted country such as South Africa, learning how to save effectively can be just the secret weapon you need to stay out of debt. Yes; it is challenging having to choose between saving for an emergency and paying off debt, but it is important that you do both.

When you have high-interest consumer debt, paying it off first can help you solve ongoing problems with managing and saving your money. To many South Africans, a debt-free life seems like a dream, not a reality. But, it can be done with just the right level of commitment and discipline.  

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Debt Counselling: Your questions answered.

What is the NCA?

National Credit Act. Act prescribing rules and regulations for the credit industry and sets the groundwork for over-indebtedness and debt counselling.

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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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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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Why you need an emergency fund.

Most South Africans do not realise the importance of having an emergency fund until they need some extra cash. Yet, building an emergency fund is one of the most important steps in taking control of your financial situation.  When life happens and you are faced with an unexpected financial emergency, you need to be able to fall back on this fund rather than turn to debt.   

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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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