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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2020 - forever remembered as the year of the pandemic.

Lessons learnt from our strategist Sandisiwe Yengeni

As the year draws to a close (thank goodness), I have found myself reflecting on what 2020 has done to my financial plans. I came into the year with big goals of saving, especially towards retirement, travelling, and making sure I build up that safety net for rainy days. I was doing quite well, then the pandemic hit, and my well-laid plans went out the window.

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Don't dip into your retirement savings to cover your debt.

Tapping into your retirement savings early can have a long-term devasting impact. If you find yourself changing jobs with the option to cash out your fund to pay off your debt. Don’t. You will accumulate more debt when you stop working to fund your retirement.

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Take control of your emotional spending

Shopping has become a huge part of today’s society. Advertising has taken over with the technological advancements that have become a part of our daily lives.  Whenever you turn on the TV or simply open your smartphone, adverts trying to convince you to buy their products pop up constantly. No wonder emotional spending has become such a huge problem in many of our lives.   Do you know what your spending habits are?

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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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There is always a reason to start saving you just need one that resonates with you. Deciding when to start saving could make a huge difference in your financial future. Savings are defined as a portion of income that is not spent on current expenditures and put aside for when its needed. It needs self-discipline but with focus it can soon become  a habit. Here we look to provide an overview of the national savings problem in South Africa, incorporating the latest statistics. It also highlights the importance of saving, building up resilience through an emergency fund as well as a guideline on how you can start saving for your future.   

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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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You probably have many questions during these trying times...” Will I lose my job?” ...” Will I be able to keep up with my debt repayments without an income” ...? “Will I have enough money to buy necessities at the end of the month” 

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Paying off your debts could seem impossible but there are options to help you out and make the process a little easier. It is important to educate yourself about your options so that you can make the right decision. Debt review and administration are commonly misunderstood to be the same thing. Here are the main differences between debt review and administration.

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