You’re about to go to bed as a notification flashes on your mobile screen. You see it’s a clearance sale, valid only until midnight. It occurs to you that it is probably the 10th invitation to spend to reach you today. You resist the temptation to buy anything and you wonder if you are perhaps spending money without even realising it. So you open your banking app and look through your monthly debit orders. Within the first three line-items, you identify at least one subscription that you can’t even remember signing up for. You also seem to have been doing a lot of app purchases. You had no idea your money was going towards so many unnecessary expenses. So you decide to take action…

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July is National Savings Month and Coronation is encouraging South Africans to save more in the true sense… by putting money aside every month instead of spending it. Are we saving in the true sense of the word? Or are we simply spending disguised as saving? Gareth, Phumi and Siya explore how easy it is to fall into the trap of spending money on something we don’t even need out of impulse or for convenience. If you put away any extra money – in the long term, it really can make a lifetime of difference. The real saving is in NOT buying discounted items that you don’t actually need. Brought to you by Coronation – an authorised financial services provider.

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You’re at work. Your mobile pings that you’ve just been paid. A few minutes later you receive an email from your favourite online store, promoting payday specials. Feeling cash flush, you scroll through the deals. There’s a limited offer to ‘save 25%’ just for today so you have to move fast. You add an item to your basket. You proceed to the checkout. While you hover over the ‘buy now’ button, you remember that your monthly debit orders are scheduled for tomorrow. And it occurs to you that you are about to spend money that could be channelled elsewhere. You empty your cart and get back to work…

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