January’s up. Interest rates are up. In fact, February is budget month and all eyes are on the Minister of Finance on the 24th to see how it will affect their bottom line. Is your bank manager on speed dial, or has he stopped responding to your Whatsapp messages? What’s your big plan to combat ever-increasing food, petrol, utility and other interest rate hikes this year?
“Judging from the general unrest that’s bubbling under the surface with regards to everything from the price of meat to annual tertiary education fees increasing, it’s obvious that most South Africans are feeling the pressure on their personal finances now more than ever,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, South Africa’s leading online insurance and financial services comparison website. “Fortunately, there are many ways to cut costs if you just apply yourself, shop smartly, hunt around for the best possible deals and make your finances a priority.”
Here are some ideas on how to make your budget go just that little bit further this year. Remember, a couple of minor tweaks could have changed a very famous ship’s course entirely and saved it from sinking:
“It’s also a good idea to give your entire financial portfolio an overhaul. See where you can cut out the middleman, and compare before you buy. You don’t even have to leave your house to do this (saving you time and petrol) as most providers like Hippo.co.za offer online services with real-time solutions,” concludes Derek. “1 in 2 people could save hundreds of Rands* per month on their Car Insurance alone by using Hippo.co.za’s free to use service. Imagine how much money you could potentially save if you compare more than just your Car Insurance.”
Established in 2007, Hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of South African providers across financial products such as Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Life Insurance, Medical and more. Hippo.co.za is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. One in two people could save hundreds of Rands per month* on their Car Insurance alone by using Hippo.co.za to compare before they buy or switch to a new provider.
Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, are in no way influenced by the fee Hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared.
For more information, visit us on www.hippo.co.za, connect with Hippo.co.za on LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/company/hippo-comparative-services-pty-ltd/, like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/HippoSA, and follow us on Twitter @Hippo_co_za and YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/hippocompare.
Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorised financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).
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*Based on 2015 independent market research conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates.
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