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Listen: Tax tips for freelancers and side hustlers

Listen: Tax tips for freelancers and side hustlers

Tax is one of the most important money matters, especially when you work for yourself or have a side hustle that earns you some extra cash. Navigating the tax maze when you don’t just have an IRP5 from an employer can be quite challenging. In this...

Inside a cryptocurrency scam

Inside a cryptocurrency scam

Social media networks are being used to lure people into a cryptocurrency scam. A sophisticated social media network is being used to con South Africans by claiming to generate huge returns through trading. The network is made up of 300 fake...

Working from home? You can claim from SARS

Working from home? You can claim from SARS

Elani van der Westhuizen, senior tax technical at TaxTim, explains what you can claim from SARS if you've been working from home. There's some good news for you if you’ve been working from home for the past year. You can claim a tax deduction if...

Video: Set goals for money success

Video: Set goals for money success

The key to achieving our money goals is to use psychology to set us up for success. When it comes to our money goals, behavioural economist Erik Vermeulen says we need to set specific long-term goals, but also have built-in intermediate success...

Anger over high-cost investment products

Anger over high-cost investment products

A blame-game is starting with complaints about overpaid financial advisers and expensive product options. Readers have provided numerous examples of high-cost investment products sold by advisers working for large insurance firms. Clients are angry...

Finding a more equitable credit model

Finding a more equitable credit model

The Save2Buy model is a hybrid between a lay-by and more traditional credit. In a world where credit has become a way of life, is it possible to find a system that allows someone to purchase an item and have use of it whilst paying it off, but...

Can you bag a cheap deal on an overseas holiday?

Can you bag a cheap deal on an overseas holiday?

Taking an overseas holiday is still possible but this can come at great risk to travellers’ pockets, finds Angelique Ruzicka. Differing social distancing rules and travel bans imposed by countries and airlines have done much to disrupt the global...

Listen: Investigating crypto scams

Listen: Investigating crypto scams

In this My Money, My Lifestyle podcast we delve into the world of crypto scams which seem to be mushrooming everywhere, despite repeated warnings from our authorities. How do these crypto scams work? How do people get lured into parting with their...

Video: Understand your electricity bill

Video: Understand your electricity bill

The cost of electricity will increase by 15% in April. That is triple the rate of inflation which means a bigger portion of our budget will go to paying for electricity. It is worth taking the time to understand how your electricity is charged...

When does it make sense to have a travel allowance?

When does it make sense to have a travel allowance?

If you are required to travel for work there are several ways to claim for this expense. You can receive a travel allowance or be provided with a company car. In the case of a travel allowance, the employer would normally pay a set amount, for...

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FSCA issues crypto health warning

The FSCA wants to warn the public that if something goes wrong with your crypto investment, you are not likely to get your money back and will have no recourse against anyone. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has noted with concern the increasing volume...

In search of a low-cost credit card

For the last 14 years I have been the happy owner of a Virgin Money credit card. The card has zero annual fees which made it a perfect credit card to hold for emergencies rather than using for day-to-day spending. In my case I also used it for booking travel such as...

Video: How to grow your side hustle

In any crisis there is opportunity. Lockdown created new market opportunities as customers became open to trying new brands through e-commerce. Research has already identified that post lockdown, people are less likely to return to major shopping centres, preferring...

Listen: Talking to your children about money

How do you teach your children to manage money? It starts at home, says 13-year-old Alidzulwi Tshikosi, author of Not being authentic can be costly - a warning tale of a young man who uses credit to live beyond his means and which ultimately destroys his...

Don’t ignore your credit providers

The Credit Ombud wants to remind consumers that there are ways to ease the woes that come with being unemployed while having debt, and you shouldn’t just ignore your credit providers. If you’ve just lost your job or have had your salary reduced due to the Covid-19...

Supporting your retired parents

Many retirees have not saved enough to meet their financial needs, leaving children with the burden of supporting their retired parents. A retirement survey by Sanlam found that 51% of retirees cannot make ends meet, and one-third do not have enough money to cover...

The true cost of cashing in your pension

Have you heard of the term Sdudla? I recently came across it in relation to members of the GEPF, specifically members who are teachers and nurses. This is the practice of resigning from your post to access your pension fund. As teachers and nurses can work as...

Video: How to stick to your money resolutions

Why is it so hard to stick to our New Year resolutions? We know that if we want to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise more. To grow wealth we must spend less and save more. So why then do we give in and buy the chocolate bar when we purchase our groceries,...

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