As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect back on our most read, most useful and even most controversial blog posts for the year. We’ve loved bringing you information and insights on matters relating to personal finance and thank you for your input and comments on Facebook and Twitter – we enjoyed engaging with you!
Here are our 10 top blogs of 2015:
Five things you need to know about tax-free savings accounts
There was a lot of publicity around the launch of tax-free savings accounts. We investigated and discovered that most people wouldn’t have been paying tax on their savings anyway!
The hidden costs of breast cancer
We spoke to Dr Sarah Rayne, a leading breast surgeon, about the hidden costs of breast cancer and learnt how this disease affects the patient’s life, family and work in the year after a diagnosis.
What you can learn from the Lewis credit investigation
It emerged that furniture retailer Lewis had been overcharging customers who bought on credit and selling income protection insurance to people who could never actually claim against it. We looked at how to assess whether credit charges are fair and reasonable and how to spot unreasonable clauses in a credit deal.
Five retirement mistakes you might be making
Only 25% of South Africans are able to maintain their standard of living when they retire. We spoke to a financial expert about the retirement mistakes you might be making, and how to fix them.
We need to talk about the cost of funerals
Our columnist Winnie Kunene wrote a blog that challenged South Africans on how much they spend on funerals and encouraged them to start thinking differently about how they honour their departed loved ones.
How three ordinary people earn more money each month
With the cost of just about everything going up, most South Africans are feeling the pinch. We spoke to three enterprising people about how they use their talents to earn extra cash.
How to save if you have very little
We prepared a list of savings tips for people who don’t have much money left to save at the end of the month.
Save loads by cutting back on the little things
This great infographic showed how much money you can save if you give up just one regular luxury like coffee, magazines or takeaway lunches.
Save R200 on a R1 000 grocery bill
We sent out a team of secret shoppers to buy the same items at different shops to see how much it would save you to shop where things cost less.
Ten small things that can make a difference to your finances right now
There are a number of small things that you can do that could save you a fair amount in the long term. Here are ten ways you can improve your finances - immediately!
We’ll be bringing you more personal finance blog posts from 1Life in 2016 – and we’ll be expanding into health insights and parenting advice as well. Keep an eye out for our latest blogs to help you to live your life better, smarter and healthier.