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by Estelle Nagel

July has been National Savings Month and you’ve probably been bombarded with tips and tricks from various financial institutions on how to invest in your future. No doubt their advice is good but Gumtree, SA’s biggest classifieds website, offers the easiest and most practical routes to finding some extra cash to put aside for both rainy and sunny days.

Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, says there are four very obvious ways on Gumtree to get a nest egg going.

1. Cash in on a clear-out

Chances are your storage room or garage is filled with unwanted items – clothing, outdated furniture and home décor, baby goods that your kids have outgrown, unused sports items. List your free ad for them and you could make thousands. The average second-hand stroller sells for R1,500 on Gumtree while couches and coffee tables range between R500-R2,500. This is a double win – you make extra money and extra space at the same time.

2. Second hand can save you a grand (or two) 

Not everything has to be new. You can save a packet by shopping smartly on Gumtree for high quality second hand goods especially in short-term usage categories like baby items and kids’ sports goods.

3. Ride sharing the cost pain

If you’re spending a whack on petrol getting to work then form, or join, a lift-club in your area and you could quarter that car running cost. Check out Gumtree Services under rideshare to see if there’s a group already going your way or to list your own ad for free to set one up.

4. Ride your hobby horse

If you are making anything expertly as a hobby or craft it might well be a way to earn some extra bucks. Thousands of listers make tidy sums on Gumtree selling their home-made goods – woodwork, clothing, lamp shades, cakes … the list is endless. You can do the same for your services if you have a particular skill like repairing technology, handiwork, tutoring … or anything you can do part-time for a fee.

Cobbledick says the key take out of Savings Month is that once you have saved a small fortune through any, or all, of these Gumtree routes, make sure you immediately invest that money wisely in order to create a far bigger fortune down the line for really important things like education, health, holidays or retirement.

We tested the Yookidoo Musical Duck Race…and boy was it awesome!

by Estelle Nagel
We tested the Yookidoo Musical Duck Race…and boy was it awesome!

My daughter may only be 4 months’ old, but she knows that she’s a Yookidoo Kid. From the rattles to the bath toys, we’ve loved everything they make that we’ve bought or received as gifts thus far. They are durable, colorful and lots of fun. So I was completely psyched when Yookidoo gave us a Musical Duck Race toy to review.

I must admit I was skeptical at first – I didn’t think bath toys and batteries worked well together, but the batteries are so firmly sealed inside that there is no chance of water getting in. The toy has firm suction cups on the bottom that fixes it firmly to the tub, then automatically fills with water, sending the ducks spinning around a circle as  music plays. The little ducks can be placed on the top of the fountain for different spray effects.

You can watch the Duck Race in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rnFOx51eUg

I was worried that the water would spray onto the floor but the nature of the fountain is so that it is completely self-contained and won’t leave the tub,  no matter how vigorously it seems to spray. The plastic parts are sturdy but not heavy so baby can’t hurt herself while playing with them. The music is great – not so loud that it becomes annoying though – and really grabbed baby’s interest.

The toy is marketed at older babies (6 months upwards) but if your little one is able to sit up she’ll love it. My little one was completely fascinated and loved stopping the ducks in their tracks.

If you have a little one that’s not crazy about bathtime, this is definitely the toy for you. There are three others in the range that we’ll be giving away this month, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for  more info.

You can also rush out and buy a Yookidoo bath toy from any BabyCity near you.

I will definitely be buying some for my daughter soon!

What You Need To Know About The Additives In Your Fuel

by Estelle Nagel
What You Need To Know About The Additives In Your Fuel

Not all fuels sold at the pump are created equal. There are different fuels for different purposes, like aviation jet fuel, fuel for race cars, for agricultural use and for normal road cars. The latter can vary significantly.

xhOil companies spend vast amounts of money and engineering resources to develop specific additives to add to their fuels, and therefore not all fuels sold under the different brand names are the same.

Be wary of buying fuel with an unknown origin or brand. Worse still is to add your own additive, as this upsets the fine additive balance and might be very costly in the long run.

Click here for everything you need to know about what goes into your tank and ultimately your engine, courtesy of CAR Magazine.




by Estelle Nagel

An increasing number of South African small businesses are making use of online classifieds sites to advertise their goods. These businesses often lack the resources to start their own website and to invest in driving traffic to it, so they take advantage of the critical mass of potential consumers already using sites like Gumtree which their ads can reach effectively at no cost.

Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, says that “at least a quarter of our listers are posting up to 10 ads each month and many of them label themselves as professional traders”.

One such small business is The Blue House, located in Parow in the Western Cape, which is owned by Denise Knight. After being retrenched, Knight saw a gap in the market for high quality and varied cell phone covers and accessories and started importing them from the USA and selling them online. She says she has been successfully operating solely via Gumtree since February 2011.

Knight warns that over the past five years she has been tricked and scammed a few times but she has built a bank of experience on how to trade safely online.

Denise’s top eight tips for safe trading

  1. Be honest. List defects; take actual photos of what you are selling. Your customer may have to come from a long way away to see the item you are selling and won’t appreciate being lied to.
  2. Never meet a buyer alone. Meet at a restaurant with someone you know sitting elsewhere close by. Don’t scare away the customer by having six people meet him, just plan ahead.
  3. If selling something expensive, like a watch or jewellery, always try to meet at a police station. Let the constable on duty know what you are doing so they can keep an eye on you.
  4. Buying something? Do research before you part with your cash. Know what you should be getting. If a cell phone, check the IMEI number on the box and the IMEI number on the phone (which can be found under the battery). If they have no box and no accessories, or proof of purchase from a cell phone shop, then walk away.
  5. Always treat free email addresses with caution. Be wary of the email address when liaising with a potential buyer – you can quickly pick up the difference between a scammer and a genuine buyer.
  6. Never post or courier anything by yourself. Rather opt for Shepherd, as they act as a middleman. They will hold the money until the buyer and seller are both satisfied. Find out more by visiting www.paywithshepherd.com.
  7. Gain extra security from the Gumtree app. The Gumtree chat feature, which can be found in the app, is able to track the details of a scammer. Use this feature, as opposed to email or SMS just in case anything unfortunate happens.
  8. If you have no choice but to accept an EFT payment, make certain that you receive the bank generated proof of payment before finishing the sale.

Car- Smart: 12 Ways to Save

by Estelle Nagel
Car- Smart: 12 Ways to Save

One of the best advice you could ever get is to ensure your car is always in mechanically perfect condition. This will ensure it runs at its optimum economic performance at all times and offer you years of reliable and trouble-free motoring.

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