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Monday is generally considered to be the most depressing day of the week. And with January marking the end of the summer holidays and the return to reality, it is understandable that January could feel like one long Monday too. Did you know that today has been singled out as the bluest of them all?… Continued

Sometimes things go wrong. That is why people take out cover for their cars, homes and health in order to minimise the blow should the unthinkable happen. Unfortunately in everyday life there are often unforeseen expenses like car repairs, medical bills etc. that you cannot insure against. For these and any other emergency fees, you… Continued

The road to financial stability is paved with a series of clever financial choices. And the sooner you make these spot-on decisions and actively pursue the goals and plans that support them, the more future-you will thank you for it. Like by making a savings plan that will enable you to make all your short-,… Continued

In the mood for an educational read this festive season? Then invest in a book written by an expert. Here we list our Top 10 favourite books on saving money. Use your time off this holiday wisely and start 2016 on a better financial footing. 1. “The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan… Continued

Even if you stay at home, the holidays can be expensive. There are kids to be entertained, presents to be bought, socialising to be done, to name but a few. The last thing you want to do is to get yourself into, or further into debt, but you also need to have a good time.… Continued

Let’s face it – as social beings we all need to have some fun from time to time. Spending time with our families and friends to foster good relationships are as important as the air we breathe! According to the article: The Benefits of Socialising, it is important to ensure enough socialising vs. sofalising. The… Continued

The sparkle in your best friend’s eyes has faded, and after noticing a series of other signs, you believe the reason behind it to be debt related. What can you do? Someone struggling with debt can experience extreme emotional misery, which may lead him or her to act in a number of ways. A person… Continued

In about 5 weeks’ time we will all be yelling out the countdown into 2016. Crazy, right? Will you be going into the New Year as someone that has spent 2015 actively saving towards your financial goals? Or will you be going into it flat broke? If you are the latter, then don’t despair. There… Continued

According to Dave Ramsey, an American financial author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker, it is important to be aware of how your personality affects your shopping habits. Dave uses the DISC Profile System as a test to link a personality type to shopping habits. DISC stands for: (D)ecisive (I)nteractive (S)tabilizing (C)autious   If… Continued

Tip 1: Read up on finances   Take 30 minutes once a week and read about personal finance. Read a book or a topical article. By continuously educating yourself on money matters, you will become more knowledgeable when it comes to spending it. Tip 2: Schedule a weekly budget meeting The only way to stick… Continued

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