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Debt reduction and saving: taking charge of your finances

Debt reduction and saving: taking charge of your finances
11-04-24 / Shelly Nxumalo

Debt reduction and saving: taking charge of your finances

Johannesburg - Now is the perfect time to take stock of your finances and equip yourself with smart savings strategies like budgeting, tracking spending, and setting financial goals for the rest of the year. This proactive approach can help you stay on track and achieve your financial objectives.

South African consumers have had to deal with a basketful over the last few years which have seen unrelenting inflation and consequently higher interest rates. Unfortunately, these have meant that everyone tightens their belt, and take curiously look into how their hard-earned money is spent.

There is no doubt that in the face of these fluctuating financial circumstances, it's crucial to proactively manage your personal finances. Building a solid savings plan not only helps you achieve your financial goals but also prepares you for unexpected expenses. Savings serve as a lifeline during challenging times and pave the way for long-term financial success, especially for those living month to month.

Make the most of your savings with these tips from African Bank:

  1. Budget review: Start by reviewing your monthly expenses. Identify areas where you can cut back, such as eating out less. Distinguish between essentials and luxuries to prioritise your savings goals effectively.
  2. Get rid of debt: With interest rates on the rise, it's essential to get rid of unnecessary debt such as clothing accounts. Consider consolidating high-interest debts and negotiating feasible repayment plans with creditors. This eases your financial burden and frees up funds for savings.
  3. Strategic saving: Adopt a frugal lifestyle by implementing cost-saving measures such as bulk buying. Explore alternative income streams to supplement your income and build wealth.
  4. Shop smart: Make the most of discounts, promotions, and loyalty programmes to stretch your budget further. Yes, those weekly catalogues will save you money. By comparing prices and making informed purchasing decisions, you can save a substantial amount over time.
  5. Track your progress: Review your budget and savings goals to track your progress regularly. Celebrate milestones along the way to stay motivated.

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