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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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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During a crisis, there is often a high level of uncertainty caused and this pandemic is no exception. Managing your money, and maintaining your budget is proving to be challenging. People have suffered retrenchment, reduced hours, and wages as well as increased medical expenses. 

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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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Want to consolidate your debt into one single repayment?

There are a few options to choose from when looking to consolidate your debt. Some people look to get a consolidation loan but the interest rates can be high meaning you pay off more for your debt overall. If you are already behind on your repayments you are unlikely to qualify for a loan to consolidate your debts and you may want to explore debt review.

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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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