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The 1st for Women blog offers fabulous titbits on all things wonderful and interesting - from the art of packing light (it can be done!), to a few delicious snacks and how to make them. Of course we’ll also be updating you on the latest 1st for Women offerings, and adding in a few insurance morsels that’ll keep you informed and make it easy for you to understand what you’re insured for and what needs extra cover with care.


Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You are single. Your friends aren’t. You’d like to meet a guy, but all the good men have been snapped up by your friends, and all that’s left are the weird ones. You have heard that internet dating has become the de rigueur way for people to hook up, but you are also terrified of being plagued by freaks – or worse, not getting any responses at all. Internet dating has taken off as the way for couples to find each other in today’s increasingly digitised world. But as with most things in life,...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When power was cheap and environmental concerns weren’t so pressing, it was easy to feel entitled to use as much electricity as we wanted. Now that things are different, we all have to adjust our mindsets. If you start to view electricity as a precious resource, you’ll be surprised at how much you can save. As our electricity costs are spiralling out of control and the threat of load-shedding is ever present, here are some clever tricks to keep your electricity bill under control and help eas...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

You have seen the signs as you drive your car into the parking garage at your local mall: “Car-jamming is a reality. Make sure your car is locked.” Unfortunately, car-jamming has become a hard and fast reality in South Africa, with convicted car-jammers informing the police that they can earn up to       R15 000 a week. How can you make sure that you’re not another victim? Counter car-jamming Car-jamming is the use of a remote control unit to override the locking function of your remote contr...

Posted on: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

You have been told that property is a great investment and that you should get a foot in the property market as soon as possible. You want to sign on the dotted line but you have no idea of how to go about finding and buying your first home. This is every home buyer’s A-Z guide. It’s important to realise that there’s a lot of legwork that you need to do before you make an offer. So, if you’re thinking about buying a home, here’s what you should do before you start the big hunt. 1. Save up for...

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As tempting as that hot chocolate and sticky toffee pudding might be, there’s no reason for you to fall off the weight-loss wagon in the winter months. Here are five tips to keep you on the straight and narrow while the days are cold and the nights long. 1. Stick to your exercise routine Sorry, but you have to! It feels like midnight in Antarctica at 5am in winter, so if that’s your gym time, you might find it hard to haul yourself out of bed. Look at your diary and schedule in a couple of...

Posted on: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As the newly single Cressida Bonas has shown the world, being beautiful, rich and famous doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to make a go of it with Prince Charming… er… Harry. While Cressida and Harry’s break-up is reported to have been amiable, there’s invariably a great deal of emotional fall-out when a good thing comes to an end. Chances are that you will go through a few break-ups before you settle down with Mr Right. As difficult as these might be – especially if you are the dumpee ...

Posted on: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Are you struggling to get your kids through school, but also faced with the financial and emotional task of caring for your ageing parents? You are not alone. This condition has become so common that a term has been coined for it: you are a part of the “sandwich generation”, feeling the pressure of commitment to the generations above and below you. And never mind your commitment to others, many in the sandwich generation are also sacrificing their own savings and retirement plans to take care...

Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You made an offer on your dream home and it was accepted. Then the bank approved your bond and finally you are a homeowner. But now you’re in limbo, waiting for the transfer to go through so that you can move into your new home and truly call it your own. You might be tempted to devote your last months of financial freedom to spending piles of money frivolously before the burden of bond repayments kick in. But there are actually some sensible things you should be doing with your savings that...

Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

As consumers it’s overwhelming to make sense of the nutritional claims that companies use to market their products: “This will nourish. That will protect. This is good for you. That is rich in fibre…” It’s almost impossible to make an informed decision based on what we’re told because, quite frankly, it’s all just sales talk, right? Wrong! According to Preetesh Sewraj, the managing director of Product of the Year, South African labels are among the most highly regulated in the world. This mea...

Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you’ve spent your life avoiding butter and cutting the fat off meat, you might be finding the recent spate of health announcements that “fat is your friend” a little surprising. In South Africa, the high-fat, low-carb (HFLC) eating plan is championed by Professor Tim Noakes, whose recipe book The Real Meal Revolution (Quivertree Publications) is filling dieters’ stomachs with bacon, cheese and cream, while still promising a diminishing waistline. So what’s the deal? Can you eat as much fat...

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