Winter woes and those bad debt consolidation loans

25 April 2016
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The SARB increased interest rates in March 2016 in an attempt to curb inflation in South Africa. As a result the cost of borrowing money increased as well, leaving over-indebted consumers feeling even more stretched to make ends meet. Many South Africans have become dependent on monthly payday loans. In an attempt to free themselves from this debt-trap, they are having to resort to bad debt consolidation loans. Unfortunately, a bad debt consolidation loan will mean you end up paying even more for your debt and for many, they will never be able to pay it all off.

April was a tough month for South Africans with increases in fuel, electricity, interest rates, sin tax, food and the general cost of living. More financial challenges lay ahead for us as a result of the recent drought and food inflation that does not appear to be slowing down. Now, with the winter months upon us, the cost of living is sure to spike further as South Africans look to keep warm.

Have you adjusted your budget?

Be prepared for winter by adjusting your budget for:

  • Increased costs in electricity
  • Increase fuel costs
  • Inflationary costs on living expenses
  • Repo rate increases – which means your debt repayments would have increased
  • Potential repo rate hikes in May
  • Increases in school fees
  • Increased electricity usage in winter
  • Increased food consumption in winter

You may feel overwhelmed with all these added expenses, but it’s better to be prepared and know what your shortfalls are so that you can attempt to cut back wherever possible. Avoid the debt scare this winter and more importantly, avoid having to turn to a bad debt consolidation loan.

For more advice and debt tips, contact DebtBusters on 086 999 06 06 today!