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Budgeting for Beginners | The Basics

"The simplest definition of a budget is "telling your money where to go."" Tsh Oxenreider.

Oftentimes we find ourselves thinking, "Where did all my money go?" One day we have lots of money and the next it seems like it vanished into thin air. This usually happens when we don't keep track of our money. We need to know what we plan to do with our money in order to make the best use of it. This is where a budget comes in.

What is a Budget?A budget is basically a plan of your income and expenses for a specific period of time. Budgets act as a road-map – that you design – to help you stay on course and achieve your goals.
PlanHaving a plan (also known as "goal-setting") can improve the likelihood of achieving goals. According to a 2015 study by Gail Matthews, a psychologist, people who wrote down their goals were 33% more likely to achieve their goals than those who formulated outcomes in their head (Price-Mitchell 2018).
Writing down your budget, or…
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All hail the queen (who turns 37 today)! #BeyDay

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1. Be financially independent

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This goes without saying, but there are some people who do not believe they should budget. To them, "money comes and goes." Unfortunately, not having a purpose for your money can and often does result in not using it correctly or just spending it all.

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Our female predecessors worked hard and sacrificed much, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. The march of 9 Augugst 1956 sought to protest against a discriminatory Apartheid law that required those defined as "black" (black, Indian and coloured) under the The Population Registration Act to carry "passes," which restricted their movement.

Thanks to Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams and thousands of women, we are no longer subject to such a law.

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Why “eishstudentbudget?”

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"Used in South African English and Afrikaans to express exasperation or disbelief, the word was first transliterated from the Xhosa language to Afrikaans, and then into South African English." Like, when you want to go out with friends and you check your bank balance using cellphone banking (’cause you fancy like that). Only to find that not only do you have no money, but your balance is negative. You owe the bank money! Eish! 

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"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed." Edmund Burke
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One of the problems facing many consumers is not budgeting (and if we do,  we do not do it well) and saving. This can lead to acquiring unnecessary debt, further putting oneself in financial harm's way.
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