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Helen Brain is an award winning children's book writer and a champion charity shopper. Her house has been described as ‘catastrophic' and 'creative'. You can find her blog at helenbrain.co.za, and her writing courses at sawriterscollege.co.za
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On getting more and paying less
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On getting more and paying less

Sometimes all you have to do is ask, says Helen Brain.

The Art of Investing
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The art of investing in art

Helen Brain offers some insights into turning R800 into R80 000 – and getting a lifetime of pleasure besides.

Helen Brain - when your husband dies
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What will happen to your money when your husband dies?

Helen Brain has seen far too many women give up their financial power, and only realise when the will is read.

How to have a Debt Free Christmas
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How to have a happy (and debt-free) Christmas.

Helen Brain’s December-January has gone slightly non-traditional of late, and it’s working out just fine.

50 going on 5
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#truestory: when it comes to money, I’m 50 going on 5.

Guest writer Helen Brain has two bad money habits: she buys too much stuff she doesn’t need, and she gives too much stuff away. Here she reflects on how her childhood early experiences of money are to blame.

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How I get thousands back for doing nothing

Guest writer Helen Brain knows how to work her loyalty points. In fact, she got R2000 back in a week. Here’s how.

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#startover series: It’s vulgar to talk about money. Or, at least, it was.

Helen Brain’s parents never discussed money with her, or anyone else. But she’s reset that generational attitude with her own children.

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#startover series: The sad tale of how I stopped hoping someone would save me.

At the ripe old age of almost 50, guest writer Helen Brain finally grew up around money. Here’s why – and how – she did.

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No money, no cry – part 4: reflections on the thirty day no-money challenge.

Helen Brain has finished her moneyless experiment. Was it worth it? You bet. Here’s what she got out of it.

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No money, no cry – part 3: The thirty day no-money challenge.

Guest writer, Helen Brain, decided to experiment with not spending any money for 30 days. 20 days in, here’s how it’s working out (rather well, actually).