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13Jul 2020
Funeral cover

Funeral cover is a form of insurance that pays out a sum of money to the family of the deceased in the event of death. This is to ensure that the funeral expenses are covered and that the family can send you off with a dignified burial.  People often mistake a funeral policy for a life policy. These are two different policies with different objectives and outcomes. Funeral cover […]

08Jul 2020
single income families

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.  Budget   Budgeting is truly […]

24Jun 2020
MOney management and budgeting during COVID-19

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.  Here’s some tips on how to navigate this uncertain time: Make use of available resources  Figure out if there […]

29May 2020
struggling with debt

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 […]

19May 2020
Saving in South Africa

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 […]

14May 2020
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.    […]

21Apr 2020
Payment holiday

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.   Many South Africans are sadly without an income […]

15Apr 2020
finances

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.   […]

09Apr 2020
corona virus and personal finance

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”  Let’s see how we can help with your personal finance during COVID-19.   Start […]