The vast ma­jor­ity of South Africans don’t save, even if it is in their best in­ter­est – and that of the econ­omy – to do so. We’ve put to­gether dozens of prac­ti­cal tips to help you put more change into your piggy bank – or your in­vest­ment port­fo­lio.

Finweek English Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Natalie Greve

whether one prefers to adopt a glass-half-full men­tal­ity, or is reg­u­larly ac­cused of ram­pant pes­simism, South Africans can­not rea­son­ably ar­gue against the fact that the coun­try cur­rently lan­guishes in a state of na­tional eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal fragility. Con­sumer con­fi­dence has hit a six-year low, SA’s econ­omy has of­fi­cially en­tered a re­ces­sion, and the ranks of the un­em­ployed con­tinue to swell.

In such volatile fi­nan­cial times it is al­ways best to fo­cus on that which can be con­trolled and, in this con­text, that hap­pens to be our in­di­vid­ual spend­ing and sav­ing habits. fin­week has put to­gether a col­lec­tion of tips and tricks that should help to – amid dis­qui­et­ing eco­nomic volatil­ity – make sav­ing eas­ier and un­nec­es­sary spend­ing more dif­fi­cult.

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