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'I have a tiny bit of savings that I keep in a sock under my mattress'

I don’t have any money. I have a roof over my head. I have a pension... My riches are my family and my friends...

Kate Turkington

Don’t leave your money to your kids! Spend it all…! Don’t just save it…

Kate Turkington

You give your children the best education you can afford… You love them as much as you can, then they’re on their own!

Kate Turkington

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays, Personal Edition” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed Kate Turkington, one of South Africa’s most well-known travel writers.

The octogenarian from Johannesburg has waltzed at dawn with a Chinese dance instructor in a Beijing square… fallen over Emperor penguins in Antarctica… lunched with a rajah in Rajasthan… dined with the Comrades in Cuba… been winched over a raging torrent 9000 feet up in the Andes in Peru… climbed Ayers Rock in the red heart of Australia… broken bread with monks in Tibet's oldest monastery… downed “thumbs” of pepper vodka in Russia… confronted Afar warriors armed with Kalashnikovs in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley… shivered at Everest Base Camp in Tibet… eyeballed Blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands… heard the stars sing in the Kalahari ...

She’s been travelling the world since she was 14, so she obviously knows a thing or three about life, the universe and everything.

  • But what is it that she believes about money?

  • Does it keep her up at night?

  • Does she spend like crazy, or save compulsively?

  • How did her childhood experiences of deprivation, or abundance, shape her views on money?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

One of the reviews [of her book] I like is ‘brave and boisterous, shocking and sexy’!

Kate Turkington

I’m so lucky because all my children and grandchildren live in Johannesburg! I must have done something right in a past life.

Kate Turkington

My eyebrows and pubic hair are still black!

Kate Turkington

I drink good whiskey, good coffee and good wine... I feed my dogs well…

Kate Turkington

I’ve even seen the Queen’s knickers, but that’s not for this show.

Kate Turkington

I’m not shackled to any faith, but I do like the Buddhist philosophy. The past is gone, the future never comes. Seize the day, live in the moment.

Kate Turkington

You can be whatever you want to be? Rubbish! If you can’t sing you’re not going to win Idols! I’ve never met somebody who wasn’t good at something…

Kate Turkington

If you have no money, it’s incredibly liberating! When Steinhoff collapsed, I didn’t give a damn!

Kate Turkington

When you’re old you don’t give a ‘you-know-what’…

Kate Turkington

If something bad happens to you; deal with it, move on! It isn’t easy. There isn’t a single person who hasn’t had bad things happen to them.

Kate Turkington

I don’t have things. People can take things from you, but they can’t take memories and experiences from you.

Kate Turkington

I have a tiny, tiny bit of savings that I keep in a tiny sock under my mattress.

Kate Turkington

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This article first appeared on 702 : 'I have a tiny bit of savings that I keep in a sock under my mattress'


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