BE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

May 2017

Last month, Eskom’s direct customers started paying 2.2% more for electricity.  In July, Municipal customers will also have to take this hike into account.  With budgets already stretched to capacity, consumers have to be much smarter about how they use electricity in the home.

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FUEL PRICE HIKE – MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TANK

Apr 2017

With the Automobile Association forecasting a fuel price increase of up to 55 cents per litre, already cash-strapped consumers will have to make the most of every tank of fuel

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BUDGET FRIENDLY EASTER HOLIDAY IDEAS

Apr 2017

For those planning a holiday over the Easter period, the country’s economic downturn couldn’t have come at a worse time. Considering the impending effects of junk status, people will have to watch every cent spent closer than ever.

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ARE YOU ROADTRIP READY FOR EASTER?

Apr 2017

With rain expected over most of the Easter weekend, motorists are urged to pay extra attention when driving, especially on the N2, N6 and R61. According to Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, these roads are the main contributors to road deaths over the Easter period.

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SAVVY SPENDING AND SAVING TIPS FOR 2017

Jan 2017

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be more money-wise, and to be more flush than frugal come December, then the time to take small yet significant steps is now.

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CAPE TOWN RESIDENTS WARNED TO TAKE WATER RESTRICTIONS SERIOUSLY

Jan 2017

Even more severe water restrictions are in the pipeline for Cape Town residents as dam levels hit a dangerously low 20%. Earlier this month, residents were urged to minimise water use but it seems these warnings have fallen on deaf ears, with consumption at 890 million litres per day at the end of last week, when the aim was to reduce it to 800 million litres a day.

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WESTERN CAPE BLAZES SUBSIDE BUT VIGILANCE SHOULD NOT

Jan 2017

The warning of rising temperatures in the Western Cape could pose the threat of more fires in the province that was recently ravaged by widespread blazes. Although the fires were brought under control, the precarious weather conditions demand continued vigilance from residents.

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HAVE YOU PAID YOUR TRAFFIC FINES?

Feb 2016

South Africans are infamous for flouting traffic laws and not obeying the rules of the road.

During Easter 2013, more than 79 000 traffic fines were issued. Over and above this, 1039 licenses were suspended, 1024 vehicles were impounded and 864 motorists were arrested for drunk driving.

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MAINTAINING YOUR TYRES DECREASES YOUR CAR ACCIDENT RISK DRAMATICALLY

Feb 2016

Did you know that badly maintained tyres and rims are one of the leading causes of car accidents? In fact, according to aa1car.com, this accounts for about 10- 12% of all car accidents among other causes like drunken driving, speeding and poor weather conditions.

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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMS - COMBINE YOUR POLICIES

Mar 2014

Although various indicators are pointing to short-term insurance premium increases in 2014, consumers don’t have to just sit back and absorb them. There are things – within their control – that can be done to offset imposed premium increases. Martin Janse van Rensburg from Budget Insurance says that consumers could even enjoy reductions on their premiums by making some changes.

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CAR-POOLS ARE THE SOLUTION TO BUDGET-BUSTING ROAD COSTS

Jan 2014

With analysts predicting a sharp rise in the petrol price, Budget Insurance says sharing the load is key to staying on the road without breaking the budget. “Just a few weeks into the New Year and already experts have predicted hefty petrol price hikes. Petrol is showing a potential climb of between 28 cents and 32 cents per litre, with 15 cents per litre for diesel and 9 cents per litre for illuminating paraffin.

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REST WELL BEFORE EARLY MORNING ROAD TRIPS

Nov 2013

South Africans travelling to holiday destinations over the upcoming festive season are urged to get at least seven hours sleep before an early morning road trip. Driver tiredness is a major cause of car accidents.This is according to Budget Insurance’s Martin Janse van Rensburg.

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SOUTH AFRICANS LOVE BUDGET INSURANCE

Jul 2013

Budget Insurance was recently voted the winner of the Short-Term Insurance category in the 2013/2014 ICON Brands Survey, which was conducted by the Target Group Index (TGI).

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TOW TRUCK SCAM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD, AGAIN

Jun 2012

Budget Insurance Brokers has warned that the old scam whereby certain tow truck drivers dupe unsuspecting accident victims into allowing them to tow their vehicles has reared its ugly head again.

According to Thomas Creamer, Telesure MD, “Some tow truck drivers are tricking shocked accident victims into believing that they are authorised to tow their vehicles away from an accident scene when they actually aren’t contracted to the victim’s short-term insurance provider.

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FAULTY GEYSERS CAUSE A FLOOD OF PROBLEMS IN WINTER

May 2012

Every year, the insurance industry spends millions of rands on water damage caused by malfunctioning hot water geysers. In winter, when geysers suffer more wear and tear, claims for geyser-related damage increase.

Budget Insurance Brokers is urging homeowners to give their geysers a little TLC this winter so that they can endure the bitter temperatures.

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SURVIVE STAGGERING PETROL PRICE HIKE

Apr 2012

On the back of the latest staggering fuel price hike of up to 71 cents per litre, and with little hope of decreases in the foreseeable future, Budget Insurance Brokers says motorists must think out of the box.

“The latest petrol price increase is a major blow to all South Africans. Not only does it impact on car-owners who already have to pay extortionate amounts to fuel their vehicles, but it will certainly also weigh heavily on the economy as a whole as prices of consumer goods and food will also increase.

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TEACH KIDS YOUNG TO STOP THE DEBT CYCLE

Feb 2012

As a staggering number of South Africans thrash in suffocating debt, Budget Insurance Brokers is highlighting the pressing need for parents to start teaching their kids early about money and how to manage it.

“Start teaching your children about managing money from a young age. They are ready to start learning basic concepts from when they start counting, and if you haven’t started teaching them by the time they’re nagging you for unnecessary items that you actually can’t afford to buy, you better start quick,” says Telesure MD, Thomas Creamer.

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INFLATION CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO BE CREATIVE WITH THEIR MONEY

Nov 2011

The past year has been tough on consumers’ pockets, and with the consumer price index racing towards the 6% range, it’s going to get tougher for people as they are forced to make do with getting less for their rands.

“While the rising petrol price and rate of inflation have experts pointing to a dreary festive season, the outlook for the start of 2012 has little promise of being much better. In fact, it’s likely to be pretty bleak from a financial perspective for a lot of South Africans.

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