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Don’t put off drawing up your will

February 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

We know that death is inevitable, but we distance ourselves from our own mortality to the extent that we put off things like drawing up a will because “we can do it later”. But what if later never comes? You do not need to have millions in assets and investments to have a will. Feuds over things as trivial as cutlery prove that it’s not always about the money. If you are employed or run your own business; are part of a pension fund; have some furniture, a car or any other [...]

5 of My Worst Money Mistakes

July 9, 2015 // 5 Comments

If you’ve followed my story, you’ll know that I was in a LOT of debt at one stage and quite frankly I wasn’t even making it from one paycheck to the next. It was more like living from one paycheck to a week after. Some months it would be two or three days. To this day I don’t know how I actually made it through some of those months. Actually, I do: my institutional debt, and when that ran out, my family and friends. I owe them a cut of my investments for always funding [...]

10 things my father taught me about finances (Part 2) by Kelly Ansara

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is the second installment of 10 Things my father taught me about finances. Do take time to read 10 Things my father taught me about finances (Part 1) in case you missed it. “If you look after your money, it’ll look after you” – Russell Ansara     Lesson six: Medical aid or life cover is like saving It’s different for anyone, and yes, the term Medical Aid can be loosely used with Life Cover or Life Insurance. It stops me dipping into my savings every time I am sick.  I [...]

10 things my father taught me about finances (Part 1) by Kelly Ansara

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

“If you look after your money, it’ll look after you” – Russell Ansara (My Dad)  When it comes to money I am the worst. I would rather start a cold war in the Democratic Republic of Congo with no artillery than balance a check book – dramatic, I know, but have you tried balancing a check book? And, most likely, the profound reason my Dad was so adamant I do right by my money.   Now let me fill you in on my financial context: I am 26 years old, I still live at home, I have a [...]