Off The Beaten Track


Piggie Bookshelf: Jillian Howard’s ‘Best Pocket Guide Ever’ series

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’re in love with Jill Howard’s pocket guides because they’re easy to understand, relevant and straight to the point. The series consists of four guides for debt elimination, retirement, insurance and investing. The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Debt Elimination If you’re on a mission to get rid of all your debt and want to know how best to approach this process, this little picket guide is exactly what you need. This pocket guide will help you map out a full picture of [...]

Good Debt, Bad Debt and the Gray Matter in Between – Part 3: Property

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’re on part three of our Good debt, bad debt series, and this time we focus on property as a follow on from part one on student loans and part two on business loans. A lot of people are on the fence about whether buying your own property is a good investment. While we won’t tackle that debate, we know that a home loan is still considered a good debt by many because homes are accepted as a good asset to invest in. You buy a property and the idea is that over the repayment period [...]

Investment Scams: the Red Flags you need to look out for

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Chief Piggie Banker, Dineo Tsamela [@DeeOnMoneyZA], was on the Finweek Money Matters show on the 24th of April to discuss pyramid schemes, boiler room scams and dodgy FOREX trading deals with Moxima Gama and Jana Marais [@JanaMarais]. Take a look at Simon Brown’s article on Investment Scams: Avoiding “too good to be true” [...]

A Crash Course on Managing your Money

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

“I’ll get serious about paying off my debt when I earn more money”, “I’ll start investing when I have learnt everything about financial markets” or, everyone’s favourite “I’ll start saving next month”. Most of us are guilty of this. I certainly am. We’ve probably all heard the Chinese proverb “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. No truer words can ever be spoken. However, I understand where the panic might kick in. Often, [...]