Tips to surviving retrenchment
How to protect your wealth in marriage
Could impact funding solve our education crisis?
Credit score information now more accessible
Preparing for apartment hunting
Home extensions: What should you consider?
A look into Hyperli
Comparing courier costs
Homeowners’ Associations: What you need to know
Why travel insurance is a must
Questions to ask before deciding to study through an employer
Why does my medical insurance go up every year?
Tips & Tricks
Sales & Deals
Health & Wellness
Tips & Tricks
Sales & Deals
Tips & Tricks
Sales & Deals
Tips & Tricks
Sales & Deals
Don’t fall victim to cash robberies
Cash robberies in shopping malls are becoming the norm in South Africa. But what can you do to protect yourself if this happens while you are out and about. Angelique Ruzicka asks how you can protect yourself while out and about conducting your banking business.
South Africa’s changing fashion landscape
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at the changing fashion landscape in South Africa. In light of so many international brands pulling out of the country, we speak to Pär Darj, H&M’s country manager for South Africa about the company’s plans for expansion.
10 Father’s Day deals to take advantage of in 2017
Father’s Day is on Sunday. For those of you who haven’t already bought a gift for the No. 1 man in your life, Moneybags has found ten deals that you can take advantage of.
10 questions to ask yourself before starting your own business
With the rise of inflation and increase in the cost of living, making ends meet isn’t easy. For this reason, many are leaning towards entrepreneurship.
The best bank savings account rates
Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle compares savings account to see which of the four banks offer the highest interest rate with the lowest fees.
Top 10 Mother's Day deals
We take a look at 10 awesome Mother's day deals for you to take advantage of.
Easter specials 2017
With the chocolate filled Easter festivities around the corner, Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, rounds up a few Easter specials to accommodate those celebrating on a budget.
Tips on how to finance auction property
Property auctions are becoming a common occurrence in the current economy. Moneybags explores how to finance auction property.
Nine West and Mango to close their doors in SA
Popular international brands Nine West and Mango have announced the closing down of their stand alone branded stores.
How to maximise on your eBucks earnings
Do you bank with FNB? Are you making use of their eBucks Rewards programme? And more importantly, do you know how to maximise your eBucks earnings?
Start your own garden – Slab of Seed
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood tried the ‘Slab of Seed’ from Sow Delicious, which offers easy step-by-step instructions of how to grow the various vegetables and herbs they offer.
Dunkin' Donuts: Donut and coffee special
Buy a dozen donuts for R135 and get four 8oz Original Blend Coffees free; or get half a dozen for R75 with two 8oz coffees free.
St Patrick’s Day 2017 specials
As most of us know, St Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture and is celebrated annually on 17 March. It honours St Patrick, Ireland’s primary patron saint. While the Irish pubs are generally packed on this joyous occasion, South African’s are a bit tamer and don’t offer as many specials. However, there are some to take note of. Here Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle compiles a list of lucky deals to indulge in this Friday.
Celebrate your birthday for free in SA
Your birthday is special occasion, so why not spoil yourself? Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, compiles of lists of spots that offer birthday discounts and freebies in South Africa.
Does it cost more to be a woman than it does a man ?
According to the Business of Fashion (BoF), when comparing prices of similar items in 2016 as listed in e-commerce stores of Saint Laurent, Valentino, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana, Balmain and Alexander Wang, it was found that male and female versions of styles had different prices. In most cases, women’s clothes were more expensive than that of men. In honour of International Women’s Day, Moneybags writer Alina Hardcastle determines whether or not this is the case.
Canal Walk’s Eat Out Thursday is back
Canal Walk’s Eat Out Thursday is back again, join them every Thursday and indulge in their restaurant specials, coffee shops and take-away outlets. From coffee and cake to seafood, pizza, steak, pasta and even a healthier wrap and smoothie option, Canal Walk has something for you.
How to select the right investment property
South African investors looking to make money should jump into the property market as soon as possible, according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. But before diving into this attractive venture, there are factors that need to be taken into consideration finds Moneybags.
National Milk Tart Day
Today, 27 February 2017, South Africans are celebrating National Milk Tart Day. Milk tart or melktert (the Afrikaans meaning of milk tart) is a traditional classic South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust base, filled with creamy custard of milk, flour, sugar and eggs. It’s usually baked in a round pie tin and is dusted with cinnamon after baking. According to Cook’s info, this dish seems to have come straight from Dutch Medieval cooking, via the Dutch settlers in the Cape in the 1600s.
Celebrity money savings tips
There tends to be a misconception that if you’re a celebrity with tons of money, you tend to spend your earnings recklessly. While there are countless of examples of celebrities who have spent outrageously, some have exercised caution and frugality when dealing with money. Alina Hardcastle chats to South African celebrities about how to save and spend your finances wisely.
Tips for purchasing a home with your partner
Purchasing a home with your significant other can be an exciting yet daunting task as it requires you to be both informed and practical. With the assistance of property experts, we take a look at things you ought to have in place, questions you need answered and the general checklist to ensure that you are covered in the case of a dispute or spilt.
Moneybags' 2017 savings tips
Are you looking for a few simple ways to save money? Moneybags provides a 2017 savings tip guide.
Expecting twins like Beyoncé? Here’s what to consider
Are you set to be joining the twins club? Moneybags’ writer, Alina Hardcastle, looks at the joys and tribulations of having multiples, and asks how parents can manage and prepare their finances before and after the due date.
UberEATS Cape Town Vs Mr D Food
After its successful launch in Johannesburg, the internet ride sharing service, UberEATS, has made its way to Cape Town. The question begs whether or not it will dominate the food delivery space as it did the meter taxi industry? Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, puts UberEATS to the test by putting this new offering up against South Africa’s leading food delivery service, Mr D Food, to determine which is better.
UberEATS launches in Cape Town and offers R100 off
After its successful debut in Johannesburg, food delivery app UberEats has launched in Cape Town and is offering new users a R100 off their first order, finds Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle.
How much does it cost to deliver a parcel in SA?
Looking for a quick way to deliver your parcels across South Africa at a reasonable price? Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, contacts numerous couriers that offer nationwide delivery in search of the best deal.
How to avoid a large rental increase
Yearly rental increases are inevitable but this doesn’t mean that tenants have no say with regards to the percentage the landlord decides on. Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle takes a look into the rental industry and how one can negotiate annual increases.
Tips to help you manage back to school expenses
Schools are officially back in full swing and with many consumers over indulging during the festive season, purchasing school necessities can be a financially stressful task. Moneybags’ writer, Alina Hardcastle, explores ways to prevent your child’s school expenses from draining your bank account.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema and Moneybags’ competition
Moneybags and the Galileo Open Air Cinema is offering you the chance to win two standard tickets to one of Cape Town’s Galileo Open Air movie screenings valued at R158 (R79 per ticket).
Vodacom launches free Facebook Flex service
Vodacom has launched Facebook Flex, which will allow Vodacom customers free access to Facebook. It is the “first of many products to launch under the Vodacom Siyakha platform.”
Sushi specials for 2017
Are you a sushi devotee? Well, get those chopsticks ready, Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle has created a round up sushi specials that are currently offered in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban.
How to survive being broke this January
The festive season is most certainly a joyous and splendid occasion, as well as a time for giving. Unfortunately, many of us fall into the trap of being overly generous and finding ourselves scraping the bottom of the barrel in the month of January. During this lengthy time, Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle searches for ways to combat your pocket-pinched January.
Make your own sugar free Christmas Cake
Cutting out sugar from your diet can be good for you. But when you are surrounded by Christmas treats and feasts it can be a difficult time for those who don’t eat sugar. However, there’s no need to not join in on the festivities because it’s possible to create dishes and desserts that are sugar free and can be enjoyed by all.
What to consider when selling luxury real estate
Ever wondered what it takes to sell a home worth millions? Alina Hardcastle takes a look at what affluent homeowners should consider when offloading their luxury real estate.
Christmas eating out specials
For those of us who won’t have the time to cook up a Christmas meal, Moneybags’ writer, Alina Hardcastle, rounds up the Christmas meal specials in Cape Town, Jo’burg and Durban that are available this festive season.
Gradesmatch: an app that assists with career guidance
Pressure is piled on students at a young age to decide on a qualification for a career that they may or may not wish to pursue in the future. To help assist the youth with their not-so-easy decision, Alina Hardcastle takes a look into Gradesmatch; a relatively new app that is helping students make informed decisions about their tertiary education.
20 Black Friday sales to take advantage of in South Africa
To avoid the scams, Angelique Ruzicka does a roundup of some (legitimate) Black Friday deals that have landed in her inbox.
Shop wisely and avoid online shopping scams on Black Friday
Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in America, marks the beginning of the festive shopping season and sees retailers offering discounts and deals across various product categories. Just a few days away, Alina Hardcastle takes a look at how to shop carefully and avoid online shopping scams during this discount frenzy.
What to consider when purchasing a car seat
According to the Medical Research Council, car passenger deaths are the fourth leading cause of unnatural fatality in children in South Africa. Alina Hardcastle chats to experts about how to ensure your child’s safety on the road and what parents should consider when purchasing a child car seat.
Contraceptive methods that suit your needs and wallet
When it comes to contraception or birth control, women have more options than ever, but more choices also mean that there is a lot more to consider. How can you choose which pregnancy prevention method is right for you? Alina Hardcastle gets an idea of what’s on the market, the advantages, disadvantages and costs.
Stikeez 2: Fun collectable or hazardous to the environment?
We take a look at the comeback of Pick 'n pay Stikeez campaign and whether it is harzardous to the environment.
What can I do about my high cellular data bills?
Are you feeling frustrated by data that depletes faster? Is your smart phone emptying your wallet and you can’t account for depleted data bundles, which you don’t recall using?
Profile: FNB App coupons
Moneybags looks at the FNB App and the coupons that it offers customers when shopping at partner stores.
Popular dating apps are starting to charge
Recent reports stated that millennials’ favourite international dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge have gently begun to sway their user base to a paid model. Alina Hardcastle chats to experts who shed some light on the matter and whether or not you should pay for the privilege of finding love.
Win quality brandy with Moneybags and Distell
Moneybags is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a potstill brandy hamper comprising a bottle of Oude Meester Reserve 12 year old, Klipdrift Gold, and two brandy glasses to the approximate value of R850.
20 Things to do in Cape Town for under R50
There is so much one can do in Cape Town without having to fork out an arm and leg. Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle takes a look at 20 ways to explore the city for R50 or less.
Get a two course meal for as little as R150
Consider yourself a foodie? Get ready to tantalise your taste buds as South Africa’s finest restaurants will be partaking in Restaurant Week from today 20th October till the 30 October 2016. These restaurants will be charging R150 for a two course lunch and R250 for a three course dinner. Restaurants with a star will charge an extra R50 per star.
MamaMagic The baby expo 2016
Parenthood can have its challenges but with the help of experts these can be overcome. MamaMagic, leading and largest baby and parenting expo, is making its way to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 28 to 30 October 2016.
Make money by renting out your car
Over the past few years the South African unemployment rate and economy has deteriorated. Looking for alternative ways to make money, Alina Hardcastle explores the latest transport trend, RentMyRide.
What do warranties on cell phones cover?
Moneybags looks at what cell phone warranties cover, how long they last and if its possible to extend these warranties.
H&M: Investing in hard work and happiness
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood speaks to H&M country manager Pär Darj about the company’s commitment and investment in its employees and finds out what job opportunities and training are available to new employees.
Get vouchers for your old clothing with H&M
H&M promise to give you a 15% discount voucher if you bring a grocery-bag-sized bag of old clothing for their recycling scheme.
Loyal customers served deception on a plate?
After being placed under scrutiny, the popular seafood franchise, Ocean Basket, is finally speaking up after businessman, Osman Parker, complained publically that his four children were served angelfish instead of hake fingers, at not only one but five different Ocean Basket restaurants in Cape Town.
Steps to entry level runners
With summer around the corner, it’s a wonderful time to get your fitness on, but to do so you’ll need to invest in a good pair of runner shoes. With the help of experts, Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle, breaks down the key properties one should look out for when purchasing a pair of entry-level trainers.
H&M focusing on sustainable fashion
The new H&M at Somerset Mall opened to much hype and anticipation. For those who feel they can't afford to shop here H&M has a garment collecting initiative
UberEats – Meals on wheels
Despite the numerous security concerns, it appears that ride-sharing app Uber is not only bouncing back with the latest safety features but is expanding its service with an easy and convenient food delivery app, UberEATS, giving competitors, like Mr Delivery, a run for their money.
How well are animals treated before they land up on our plates?
We look at the treatment of animals, in particular chickens and pigs, before they are slaughtered and sold in supermarkets or dished up in restaurants.
Formal events – how to look good for less
There are a number of formal events coming up, from matric dances to Christmas parties. Moneybags looks at how you can look good without breaking the bank.
Durban's yoga guide
Sharon Gannon, yoga teacher and animal rights advocate, once said, “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” In the third part of the yoga-pricing-guide series, we thought we’d assist our readers in discovering their inner natural state by picking out some of Durban’s yoga hot spots.
Poor are paying more for basic food baskets
Thanks to the drought, and the hike in both electricity and transport costs, the price of a basic food basket for low-income households escalated to its highest level to date according to the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA)... Can consumers keep up? Alina Hardcastle investigates.
How to be healthy and economical
I don’t know if you’ve heard but fad diets are so out of season, and “lifestyle change” is the new hot phrase that’s trending globally. Alina Hardcastle explores how to be both healthy and economical.
Ingredient detective: do you know what you’re eating?
In a world of increasing consumer awareness many people are still not aware of what they are ingesting, as food and product label claims such as ‘natural’, ‘organic’, ‘biodegradable’, ‘ethical’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘non-toxic’ are almost completely unregulated. With the guidance of Faithful to Nature, one of the most recognised organic online shops in South Africa, Alina Hardcatle learns about which food additives to avoid and how to become an ingredient detective.
Yoga price-guide Johannesburg
Healthy mind, healthy body is how the saying goes. One way to achieve both a health mind and body is through yoga. In the second part of the yoga-pricing- guide series, Alina Hardcastle explores where to get your namasté on in the city of Johannesburg.
How to manage a financial windfall
For most of us winning the national lottery is nothing but an out of reach dream, but imagine you were to win? What would you do with your money? And would you know home to deal with finances on such a large scale? Alina Hardcastle explores how to manage and invest liquid cash when encountering a windfall.
The Unusuals Wine festival
Consider yourself to be a wine connoisseur? Then don’t pass by the opportunity to attend The Unusuals wine festival presented by Wine Menu. The event will be showcasing South Africa’s lesser known but “most exceptional uncommon” varietals at The Wanders Club in Illovo on 18 August from 18:00 onwards.
Online shopping comparison
Moneybags compares the cost of online shopping at 10 stores, looking at the cost of delivery and delivery times.
Cape Town’s yoga guide 2016
From breathing techniques along with, what might feel like, endless number positions, yoga isn’t as easy as it seems. So, we thought we’d help, where we could, and save you time by picking out some of Cape Town’s trendiest yoga spots accompanied by a one-stop pricing-guide. Whether it’s Bikram, Yin, Vinyasa, Sculpt, Ashtanga etc., Moneybags has found something to accommodate all yogis.
Factory Expo 2016
Shop ‘til you drop at this year’s Factory Expo. The event claims to be a shopping experience like no other. It is offering you: bargains, discounts, clearance sales and entertainment all under one roof at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 30 and 31 July 2016.
Ensure your safety on your when driving with Uber
Many Uber customers have been concerned for their safety, after a woman was kidnapped and raped after getting into what she thought to be an Uber Taxi outside of Montecasino last week.Uber urges riders to take note of the following services on their before, during and after every ride for their own security.
Is Spur's senior menu value for money?
From their kids’ play room to their daily specials, Spur has been the go-to-family restaurant for decades, but it has recently come to our attention that Spur’s senior menu seems to be less of a deal than it appears to be.
Simply Asia’s “wokking” long wait
Alina Hardcastle lunches at Bree Street’s Simply Asia but finds the restaurant cannot always keep pace with the demand following the introduction of its Wokking Winter special.
Why more restaurants are asking for deposits
Alina Hardcastle chats to editor in chief at Eat Out, Anelde Greeff about the steps that restaurants can take to counteract no-shows, and whether or not all restaurants should implement some of these policies.
Dining deals in Durban
Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle has found some delectable food deals in Durban to keep your belly full and pockets fuller.
A shopping app with a difference
A new shopping app is launching with the aim of driving more people to physical stores rather than have them shop online.
Affordable school holiday activities
Are you wondering how to keep your children busy during the blistering cold school winter holidays?Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle has found some inexpensive and affordable places to take your kids during the school holidays.
The Slick Restaurant Group loyalty card
If you get a Slick Loyalty card you’ll be able to slash 10% off your bill when dinning at Balducci, Balducci Asian noodle & Sushi Bar, Gibson’s or Belthazar at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.
Christmas in Winter: Tulbagh
Want to enjoy the Christmas feeling in winter, with all the Christmas trimmings, then Tulbagh's Christmas in June is the place for you.
R2 Flight deal by FlySafair causes buyer frenzy
Brexit (British Exit) may be the thing to watch today, but locally consumers are abuzz with excitement at the new FlySafair deal which, if you can bag it, will see you buying a flight for just R2. Angelique Ruzicka investigates.
How to avoid the cost of the flu
Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle explores ways and means for parents, children and people in general to avoid exorbitant medical bills this flu season.
Daily food specials in Johannesburg
Are you tired of being cooped up indoors during this gloomy winter season? If you’re looking to head out for a meal, Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle has found great food deals at great prices in Johannesburg.
How to celebrate your birthday in style and economically
George Meredith once said, “Don't just count your years, make your years count.” And who says you need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to have a wonderful and memorable birthday? You don’t, because there are a number of restaurants and other service providers that offer you discounts and freebies on your birthday. You just have to take note of them and make sure that you collect on the day of your birthday or your birthday month, finds Alina Hardcastle.
Wang Thai’s Loyalty Card
Wang Thai, which specialises in Thai cuisine, is rewarding customers with their loyalty card that enables you to earn 5% off your total bill, which is credited onto your card each time you dine at one of its restaurants.
Pick n Pay comes out tops in our like-for-like analysis
We were challenged to conduct like-for-like comparisons on a grocery basket at four of the previous stores compared.
Issi on Bree’s exclusive Moneybags' deal
Known for their delectable, creamy and mouth-watering salted caramel cheese cake, Issi on Bree, situated in one of the trendiest strips in Cape Town, has welcomed on board their new self-taught French patisserie chef, Johan Koetze.Together Koetze and Issi are bringing our MoneyBags readers an exclusively decadent deal.
A meal deal for every day of the week
Here at Moneybags, we love a good deal, so we thought we’d spread the love and let you in on some great food specials, deals and discounts for everyday of the week.From pizza, burgers, sushi, cocktails and desserts, there is something for everyone.
Cost comparison: Purchasing wine online
Moneybags compared the cost of ten wines at four online stores, as well as the online stores of the relevant vineyards to see who is cheaper.
Father's Day specials 2016
While you may treasure your dad it’s not uncommon to be puzzled about what to get him this Father’s Day. Moneybags’ writer, Alina Hardcastle has found some great specials that might just wow him.
Where to dine for Father's Day
From mouth-watering, tantalising, gastronomical lunches to dad themed afternoon teas by the sea, Alina Hardcastle looks into how you can spend quality time with your ‘old man’ accompanied by entertainment and great food, this Father's Day.
I can’t afford to have breast cancer
The survival rate of breast cancer rate may be increasing, but so is the cost of treatment, finds Alina Hardcastle
Changes and deals at the Two Oceans Aquarium
For the first time in nearly 21 years, the Two Oceans Aquarium welcomes its first major construction, the new I&J Exhibit, which means that the I&J Predator Exhibit and the Ocean Basket Kelp Exhibit will undergo renovations once the newest exhibit opens in June.
Retailers respond to Moneybags’ grocery comparison
Following Moneybags' grocery cost comparison, we contacted the retailers compared for their reactions to our results.
Moneybags’ grocery basket comparison
Moneybags conducts a grocery basket comparison looking at five food retailers in South Africa to see who is cheaper.
Silver Mettle helps seniors get jobs
Alina Hardcastle talks to Lizanne Barnett, founder and CEO of Silver Mettle, a business focused on helping people over 50 find employment.
Franschoek Bastille Festival 2016
Do you have your berets ready? Is your red, white and blue outfit planned? Then get ready to celebrate the Franschoek Bastille Festival on 16 and 17 July 2016.
This month I tried…crochet
This month one Moneybags journalist tried her hand at crochet.
First Thursday is an event that is free to the public. Art galleries and cultural events will stay open until 21:00 or later. There is no set schedule nor is there a tour guide. So make use of the highlight spots on First Thursday website as where you go is completely up to you.
URBAN FLUID| FASHION’S “Open Factory”
Last Saturday, Urban Fluid (UF) fashion hosted their first “Open Factory” event. Not only did they launch their latest and first unisex range #UNIFY but they took us behind the scenes into their fashion domain. Guests got to experience where and how the masterminds create their trendy, edgy and fashion forward garments.
Mother’s Day specials
Mother’s Day is around the corner, so start planning something special. Moneybags writer, Alina Hardcastle helps make Mother’s Day shopping a little less stressful by listing shops and restaurants that accommodate all our readers’ budgets this Mother’s Day.
How to increase the value of your home
Property or land is a valuable asset that a person can obtain as it will generally appreciate over time. If you’ve bought a house or flat, however, the maintenance of your home is of paramount importance in order to assure a return on your investment, finds Alina Hardcastle.
YogaSpirit’s unlimited yoga deal for R170
YogaSpirit which offers you unlimited yoga classes for two weeks. This offer is available all year round at R170.
Pensioner restaurant specials – the where to go guide
Selected restaurants are offering a pensioner’s menu, a pensioner’s discount, a pensioner’s buffet or certain restaurants provide pensioner’s with a special card which provides them discounts and benefits.
How do I get the most bank rewards points?
We take a look at the various bank's rewards point systems, and how this can work benefit you.
Sign up to newsletters to bag discounts
We look at which newsletters offer discounts when you sign up.
30 Valentine specials below R1000
We look at 30 Valentine's Day deals around the country.
Early Valentine’s Day gift ideas
We share some ideas for early Valentines day gift shopping.
January bargains – are there any left?
Moneybags takes a look at some worthwhile bargains and sales to help you kick start a year of saving and spending wisely.
Getting ready for the new school year
With the new school year about to start, we look at how you can save money on schooling costs.
Fun ways to save on wrapping gifts
Moneybags looks at fun and inexpensive ways to wrap gifts this Christmas season.
How to dress your children on a budget
Children’s clothes are expensive and they grow out of them so quickly. Here are eight ways to keep your children beautifully turned out at a fraction of the cost – and some extra tips for finding cheaper school uniforms.
Chasing Black Friday in South Africa
Black Friday is here and South African Shoppers are hunting down the best bargains
Woolworths’ sweet and chocolate removal in full swing
Woolworths is ahead of schedule with its removal of sweets and chocolates from its checkout aisles.
12 Pre-Christmas Savings Tips
With Christmas fast approaching, we have 10 Pre-Christmas savings tips to help you spend more wisely this year.
Awesome Secret Santa gift ideas
The festive season is just around the corner, and it’s time to spread some holiday cheer. Whether your company is running a Secret Santa gift exchange, or you’d like to treat your colleagues to a little Christmas cheer, we’ve put together a list of fantastic Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank balance.
Wise Christmas gifts to give this year
Jessica Anne Wood looks at money wise, practical gifts that you can give this Christmas that won’t be discarded or left unused.
How to avoid rip off toys
Moneybags looks at how to avoid rip off toys this christmas and offers budget friendly alternatives.
What is an off-price retail store?
We all know that clothes shopping, as therapeutic as it can be, has the potential to wreak havoc on your finances. But, what if there was a way to shop for local, international and designer labels for up to 80% off?
Should you stop eating meat?
Animal husbandry methods can be cruel and there’s more that South Africans can do to ensure that the meat they eat comes from more ethical sources, says Angelique Ruzicka.
How ethical are your eggs?
Some even argue that we shouldn’t eat them at all because of the cruel way in which they reach our plates. Angelique Ruzicka investigates whether it’s possible to eat eggs ethically.
3 Genius hair hacks that you’ve never heard about
Caring for your hair can be expensive, especially if you make several trips to the hair salon a year for that standard cut and blow dry.
Woolworths removes chocolates and sweets from aisles
Woolworths appears to be making some common sense changes, or at least promises of change, that will make parents’ shopping experiences less of a strain says Angelique Ruzicka, editor of Moneybags.
What I learned following our break-in
The editor of Moneybags, Angelique Ruzicka, relays her experiences after her home got broken into at 3am in the morning and reflects on the lessons learned when dealing with insurance companies and banks following such an incident.
How to get entertainment discounts
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood reviews websites and companies that offer entertainment deals and specials.
South African fashion: Hendrik Vermeulen Couture
Moneybags sat down with Hendrik Vermeulen Couture to discuss its latest projects and its recognition on the international market.
Buying second hand clothing
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at the popularity of buying second hand clothing.
10 Ways to save money and boost your income
If you’re finding it hard to find the extra cash to afford things like school fees, home loan repayments and your insurances there are things you can do. Here's 10 tips that can help you free up some cash or earn a bit of money on the side.
Have international fashion brands given us more choice?
Does the local fashion industry offer South Africans the same choice, quality and style that they get from international brands?
Stockbox to offer convenience shopping
Online shopping is gaining momentum in South Africa, with both the wide variety of products available, as well as all the convenience of having your items delivered to you. Stockbox, a new online store, is taking that convenience to a new level.
Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas
Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at ten last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that will still show your mom that you love her.
How to send gifts to mom if she lives far away
For this Mother's Day, Angelique Ruzicka peruses the services of a few websites that specialise in delivering gifts to loved ones that live far away.
SA online shopping options
With the growing speed of the internet, and more people using smartphones, or even laptops, shopping online is becoming more popular in South Africa.
How to keep a cool head in a seller’s market
Looking for the right home at a bargain price? This may be like finding a needle in the haystack. Be prepared instead to compete with other buyers if you are looking in popular areas, finds Angelique Ruzicka.
Retailers respond to Moneybags’ store card mystery shop
The third annual Moneybags store card mystery shop has garnered responses from various retail store groups. While many claim their training is adequate Moneybags is still calling for more to be done.
Ignorant promoters still misguide consumers on store cards
Angelique Ruzicka investigates whether store card promoters know their stuff before they sell store card credit to consumers.
Budget sparkling wines for Christmas and New Year
With the festive season upon us, sparkling wine is the tipple of choice for many party-goers. Angelique Ruzicka has put together a list of sparkling wines and some alternatives to consider all around or under R100.
How the Wonderbag can help you save money
Angelique Ruzicka talks to social activist and entrepreneur Sarah Collins about how her invention the ‘Wonderbag’ changed people’s lives and helped her in her endeavors in uplifting the poor socially and economically.
EasyEquities week 3
Moneybags writer, Ashleigh Brown, tries her hand at trading on the new EasyEquities platform. She, however, soon finds out that trading is not as easy as it might seem. This is the last installment of her weekly story, and we find out what valuable lessons, tips, and tricks she has learnt and whether or not she found her feet in the trading game.
10 Tips to saving money on your grocery bill
As everyone needs to buy groceries, being able to save on your grocery bill is one way you can make your budget stretch a little further at the end of the month. Moneybags journalist, Ashleigh Brown, gathered 10 handy tips for saving on these essentials.
Pros and cons of estate living
Estate living is a popular choice for many South Africans. But before committing there are certain things you need to know. Hennie Pretorius of Moneybags outlines some of the pros and cons to estate living.
Tips for saving money on foreign currency transfers
With the exchange rate as high as it is, tips on how to save money when dealing in foreign currency are always welcomed. Foreign currency broker TorFX gives tips on ways to save.
Save more money by simplifying your life
With July being National Savings Month, 1Life provides some guidance to help simplify your life, to help you save more money by providing a few small tips for lifestyle changes and choices.
How to save on your grocery bill
Food is something no-one can do without, even during tough economic times. Here’s some valuable tips on how you can save on the grocery bill.
The Moneybags coffee capsule machine comparison
Coffee capsule machines are lauded for their convenience and consistency. If you are in thinking of buying one we have conducted a quick price comparison to help you make your decision.
R1 Mango flight deal – too good to be true?
You could get a flight to almost anywhere in South Africa for R1 by booking through Mango's Mobi-App. But has the airline played fair?
The Perfect Suit – how to get the best bang for your buck
The complete guide to buying a suit – including store recommendations, prices and expert fashion advice.
When should you refresh your makeup
We look at how you can keep your make-up in a good condition.
Valentine’s Day cooking on a budget
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Chef Dion’s simple Christmas egg-based dessert
Try this simple dessert recipe over the festive season by Dion Vengatass, chef at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
Avoid the Christmas marketing hype – be a smart shopper
You can beat the store tricks to make you spend more if you get into the act of giving and finding ingenious ways to replace common shop bought items says Giselle Wason, interior designer and co-owner of Dominico House.
Car safety tips for your holiday trip
Vehicle check-ups for a safe road trip
Buy antiques without getting conned
You shouldn’t buy antiques purely for monetary gain. It should also be done for the enjoyment factor says Giselle Wason, interior designer and co-owner, of Dominico House.
Why brokers aren’t more expensive than direct insurers
Sean Binedell compares car insurance quotes from direct insurers and brokers and comes up with some rather interesting findings.
How no-name brands and bulk-buying can help you save
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How to save for your Halloween costume and party
Sean Binedell imparts with some practical advice and tips on how to save money if you go trick or treating or if you are hosting a Halloween party.
How to get good customer service
Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO), Neville Melville, says it’s all about knowing what your rights as a customer are, complaining through the right channels, and rewarding companies that offer great service.
Fat cat politicians should lead by example
We look at how premier, Sylvia Lucas, could have made better eating choices.
Ten top money saving apps
We look at the ten apps that can save you money.
Eight ways to live a greener life and save
We give you tips on how to save the environment as well as your money.
Smart shopping tips that can save you money
We explore ways of shopping smart so you can save yourself some money.
Fight off allergies this spring
Spring season often comes with frustrating allergies. Follow out tips to control them.
The real risk of balloon payments
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Matric ball on a budget
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Father’s Day gift ideas under R500
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Best budget winter fashion buys for 2013
We speak to fashion experts and ask them what their top most economical must have fashion buys are for winter 2013.
The sweet smell of saving
We look at inexpensive places to purchase perfume.
Great factory shops – the Moneybags guide
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How you’re getting tricked into spending more
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Organic food – is it worth the extra spend?
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Coffeeflation – the price of a cappuccino
Moneybags investigates the price of a cappuccino at some of South Africa’s top coffee shops.
Shopping for sunscreen - great budget buys
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Budget bubbly for the festive season
Our experts pick good quality, budget bubbly that won’t taste or look cheap.
Great Christmas gifts for under R200
Our guide to the best budget Christmas gifts from South Africa’s online stores.
How to shop online
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Avoid the supermarket's layout tricks
We reveal the supermarkets’ layout tricks and provide you with ways to beat them.
The downshifting guide
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15 ways to save on groceries
Here's how to wisely save and spend your money at the supermarket.
7 Expenses to drop after turning 30
It's OK that you wasted money in your twenties, but those old, reckless habits need to stop now that you're all grown up.
14 Ways to make money in your spare time
Fun and useful tips on how to make extra cash, without working 2 jobs.
Save money on vitamins
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8 Ways to increase your home's value
Make small changes that won’t hurt your wallet to boost your home’s value.
Cut costs now
A quick and simple checklist to help you cut your monthly outgoings.
How to use your credit card wisely
Owning a credit card doesn’t mean you have to get yourself into debt. Follow our tips and you could reap the rewards without the charges.
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Beerhouse daily specials
Beerhouse, which has branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, now offers daily food deals to accompany their wide range of beers.
Mimmos double classic deals
Every Monday and Tuesday, Mimmos offers two classic pizza's for R109.90, or two classic pastas for R109.90.
KFC's Red Deal for 1
KFC has new offering on it's menu, the KFC Red Deal for 1. Enjoy a snack burger, small chips, mini loaf and large mash with gravy for only R29.90.
Bukhara's lunch special
Bukhara is running a lunch special at their branch in Church Street. The deal is available between 11:00 and 15:00. T&C's apply.
Spur's Classic R50 Burger Mondays
Enjoy a single original Spur Beef (160g), chicken, rib or soya burger, served with Spur-style onion rings and chips for only R50 on Mondays.
Enjoy a Nando's burger meal for R49.90
Enjoy a chicken burger and a single side ( chips, wedges, rice, coleslaw etc) for R49,90 or get the burger on it's own for R39,90.
Barcelos' birthday deal
For only R24,45, enjoy a quarter chicken and your choice of one side at Barcelos. This special is available nationwide. *T&C's apply.
Sorbet: 3 for 2 mix and match on all nail care products
From the 15 May to 15 June, Sorbet is having a three for two mix and match on all Sorbet nail care products.
Pizza Hut's Meal Deal
Dig into Pizza Hut's meal deal. For 49.90, enjoy any small pizza, chips and a soft drink. T&C'S apply. For more information visit their site.
Dunkin' Donuts Combo deals
Head over to Dunkin' Donuts and try out their combo deals for R35 or less. These deals are available daily. T&C'S apply. For more deals visit their website.
Get R30 Off Dominio's pizza
Order any two large traditional, famous or new pizza and get R30 off your purchase. T&C's Apply.
Domino's "Oh yes you can" deal
Get any two large traditional Domino's pizzas and four 330ml soft drinks for only R179.90
Burger King's new Boerewors burger
Try out Burger King's new Boerewors burger for only R34.90. T&C'S apply.
Enjoy date night on Tuesdays with HQ
For only R280, you and your partner can sink your teeth into sirloin steak, salad and glass of Wolftrap red. This special is valid on Tuesdays.
Free cable car ride up Table Mountain on your birthday
Get a Table Mountain cable car ride for free on your birthday. It’s a saving of R255 per adult (correct as of 9 March 2016). This deal is only valid for those who are 18 years and older.
Newlands Brewery: Get a free beer experience tour on your birthday
Looking for a fun and economically way to celebrate your birthday? visit the Newlands Brewery and get a free beer experience tour.
Wacky Wednesdays at Steers
Buy one Prince Burger at steers for R45.00 and get another for free. Available on Wednesdays only.
King Value meals at Burger King
Enjoy Burger King's King Value Meal for only R29.90.
Cape Town Fish Market's Monday special
On Mondays, Cape Town Fish Market offers 200g fish and chips and all burgers for R50. Hake options are between grilled and deep fried.
Cape Town Fish Market's Wednesday special
Seafood platter perfection. Pay only R199 for a GRANGER BAY PLATTER for two (save R75) or R99 for a delicious FISH HOEK PLATTER for one (save R43).
Cape Town Fish Market's Thursday special
On Thursday, Cape Town Fish Market offer discounts on selected sushi platters.
Cape Town Fish Market's Tuesday special
On Tuesdays, Cape Town Fish Market offers 50% off classic sushi and 25% off sushi platters.
Fly with FlySafair and get 15% off car rental
FlySafair has partnered with First Car rental. If you reserve your rental car while booking your flight you will save 15% off the car rental fee.
Tapas at Rick's Café
Join Rick’s Café for a tapas platter available for only R160.
Col’Cacchio's Picolo menu
Col’Cacchio has launched a brand new lunchtime menu called Piccolo, where all items are priced under R60.
Xpresso Café's R10 everything special
In need of decent cup of coffee at a reasonable price? Well look no further as Xpresso Café, South Africa's best priced coffee shop franchise is here, selling everything on its menu for only R10 each.
Debonairs' real deal
Try out Debonairs' new chicken and sweet bell pepper pizza deal for only R24.90
JC Brasserie's birthday special
Head over to JC Brasserie and treat yourself to a free drink and meal to the value of R80 on your birthday.
Debonairs online only deal
Order any three standard (23cm) pizza's from Debonairs online for only R129.90.
Beerhouse's lunch special
Feeling hungry?Beerhouse has got you covered. They are offering a daily weekday lunch specials served with a beer for only R50.
Specials at Swordfern
On Tuesdays, book yourself a gel manicure or pedicure at Swordfern for only R150.
Barristers' Pub Lunch Special
Barristers is offering a pub lunch special for only R55 per person.
Da Vincis on Kloof's R50 lunch special
Da Vincis on Kloof is offering R50 lunch special between 11:30 and 16:30.
Slug and Lettuce Newland's specials
Slug and Lettuce are offering a variety of specials.Wednesday they offer pasta specials for R50 ; on Sundays they offer burger specials for R75; and they offer a lunch special on Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 16:00 on starters and mains for only R60.