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    National Savings Month serves as a reminder of the importance of prudent financial management and the collective impact of individual savings efforts. 

    We offer some tips on how to save better:

    1. Join a Stokvel: Participating in a Stokvel is a traditional savings mechanism in South Africa where members contribute regularly to a pool of funds. It promotes discipline and collective saving towards specific goals, such as education, home ownership, or emergencies.

    2. Budgeting: Creating and sticking to a monthly budget is crucial. Allocate funds for essentials like housing, utilities, and groceries, while also setting aside savings for future needs and unexpected expenses.

    3. Emergency Fund: Build an emergency savings fund to cover at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses. This buffer can provide financial security during unexpected job loss, medical emergencies, or other unforeseen circumstances.

    4. Debt Management: Prioritize paying off high-interest debts like credit cards and personal loans. By reducing debt obligations, you free up more income for savings and investments.

    5. Automate Savings: Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to a savings or investment account each month. This habit ensures that savings are consistent and helps avoid the temptation of spending extra income.

    6. Invest Wisely: Explore investment options that align with your financial goals and risk tolerance. Consider diversified portfolios, retirement annuities (RAs), tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs), or unit trusts that can potentially generate returns over the long term.