On danger noodles and letting go
What a slithery creature taught me about being brave.
What a slithery creature taught me about being brave.
I went on a reading binge over December! It was an elaborate ruse to avoid packing. Here’s what I read:
Depression is WEIRD. It’s a much weirder disease than you expect it to be. Which is why, when it starts sneaking up on you in your teen years or your 20s, which is when it normally manifests, it can be hard to even recognise what it is, let alone know what you’re supposed to do about it.
Have you ever wondered what your house would be worth in The Sims? Or wondered how many Galleons you’d get if you cashed in your savings at Gringotts? Or how many games of Roy you could afford at Blips and Chitz? Now you can find out!
Have you got a mortifying childhood memory that’s haunted you your whole life? Here’s one of mine (oh, I have many).
I must have been nine or ten years old, and I was a year younger than everyone else in my class. Because only the senior grades in my primary school participated in Sports Day, that meant that I had to compete in ALL of the races, because there were only me and like four other kids in that age group (why, oh merciless overlords of Primary School, was this the system?).
Despite the national preoccupation with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), most of us – adult humans who might have sex sometimes – are still walking around with some pretty outrageous misconceptions about them. For the first episode of our podcast, I talked to some sexual health experts and discovered there was a bunch of stuff about sexual health I WAS GROSSLY MISINFORMED ABOUT.
Last week someone asked me for advice about how to talk to her kid about money. “It’s not like I can just show her what’s in my bank account”, she said, laughing nervously.
I told her, actually, that’s exactly what I think she should do.
Three days after my dad died, two of my best friends took me to Gold Reef City to ride rollercoasters.
Wanna see something hilarious? This is what I’m going to look like when I’m old, according to one EXTREMELY DODGY APP called FaceApp (more on this later).
Visualise all the money you’re still going to earn over the rest of your life. Close your eyes and picture it for a moment, a big pile of cash, like something Scrooge McDuck might go swimming in.
It might sound unromantic, but learning how to talk about money in your relationship is one of the most important things you can do to keep your love alive, because money problems are one of the most common reasons for divorce.
Feeling overwhelmed about all the different things you need to do in order to get your money life under control? Here’s a simple flowchart that takes you through, step-by-step, all the major milestones you’ll reach on the rocky road to financial freedom.
Shock! Horror! There’s a tiny mistake in the OTHERWISE 100% PERFECT book!
There’s no way to get rich quick, but there are a hundred ways for people to lose everything because they try to. Here’s our list of money making schemes and scams that we think you should avoid, because we don’t want you to lose your hard-earned moolah.
Guys, there are a lot of different accounts and funds out there, and I’m not listing every single one of them here. These are just some of the funds that I’ve personally scouted out as potential candidates for my own portfolio.
Here are the cheapest places I’ve found to buy the things you really do need to buy. Tell me about your own ideas in the comments, and I’ll go investigate!
Interested in investigating some innovative ways to get an education? Not sure the traditional (and expensive) university track is for you? Here are some alternatives you could consider.
You need an app to track your spending. Let’s help you find the best one.
Are you paying your domestic worker a living wage? Here is a useful calculator to make sure.
Looking for the all-in-one mega-super awesome dashboard for managing your money? Here it is!
Stuck, like I am, on the question of whether it’s smarter to rent or buy your own property? Rolling Alpha has an excellent rent vs. buy calculator for you, specifically designed for the South African market. It takes into account everything from transfer costs to capital gains tax. Take a look - it might just help you make a decision.
At some point in your journey into badass grownup moneying, you’ll need to find yourself a financial adviser. In fact, if you’ve been browsing this site long enough to come across this post, then that’s probably a sign that you’re ready to give one a call.
Every time you take out any kind of loan through a formal institution, that company will disclose that information to the credit bureaus. Credit bureaus keep track of everyone’s debts. Every time you make a payment a day late, or you take out too many store cards, or you max out your credit limit, all of this information is reported to them. Debt is like high school, fam: there are no secrets.
Before you think about financing a university education, do your homework. Have a clear idea of how your degree will improve your life – and be smart about what you choose to study. There are thousands of unemployed BCom graduates in South Africa, but the government is literally handing out visas to people from other countries because certain critical skills are impossible to find locally.
Your car is a money bonfire. Trade that thing in for a bicycle or a cheap-ass rustbucket or a pair of sequined fairy wings and save yourself a goddamned fortune.
I love you and I want you to be happy, so here are a list of subscriptions that are probably wasting your money. Cancel them and rather spend your cash on adventures and donations to charity and other shit that might actually make your life better.
Confused about career stuff? WOO LORDY, I know the feeling. My career ambition is still pretty much to become a garden hermit.