SA women struggle to control their purse strings

South African women have little disposable income.
South African women have little disposable income.

Many South African women live from paycheque to paycheque and save far less than their male counterparts.

This emerged at a Liberty masterclass in Durban on Tuesday‚ where experts unpacked the financial planning habitsof South African women.

Statistics South Africa says 41.3% of households are headed by a woman.

According to financial services giant Liberty‚ while women play a pivotal role in joint household finances‚ socio-economic challenges make financial planning more complex.

Liberty financial expert Daphne Rampersad told the media gathering that many women had little disposable income and relied heavily on their salaries to pay their monthly expenses.

“Women live longer‚ earn less and save less than men. Having a proper financial plan in place allows women to be independent‚” Rampersad said.

The need for long-term investments was paramount to achieve this‚ she added.

“It’s daunting and complex and research shows that women tend to shy away from long-term investment. But research also shows that women dowell at investment‚ once they get going.”

Rampersad said having a “financial awakening” - an event that forces a person to realise they need to take control of their money - is the key to financial freedom.

“Never be dependent on anyone else’s income. Women need to identify their spending triggers and address it.”

Rampersad said women often spiralled into debt when they spent big on big events like Christmas‚ Diwali and Eid.

“Why do we have to go big and keep up with the Joneses?

“Life is not linear‚ things happen‚ make sure you have a financial plan in place to deal with eventualities‚” Rampersad said.

- TimesLIVE


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