Saving gives me the freedom

...to stand on my own feet!

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I’m Wendy (17). I live in an informal settlement in Durban. I have a great family, but money has not always been easy for us, so I learned from a young age the importance of saving. I get R50 a week to use on transport to go to school, which costs R40. This leaves me with R10. I use R5 and save the other R5. Instead of buying lunch at school, I make a lunch box. And when I see a cute outfit that I just have to have, I wait until it’s on sale before buying it.

Saving doesn’t mean we have to deny ourselves of the things we want. We just need to be creative. I also work for neighbours doing laundry and gardening.

I learned about saving from my mother. She has always encouraged me and my siblings to save money for future goals. She says you never know when you will need money for important things. She also says that once you put money away as savings, you should not use it on other things, like clothes or going to the movies.

Saving has taught me that little steps can make a huge difference. It has taught me discipline and the importance of independence, especially for us young girls. Saving my money, no matter how little, gives us freedom.

This is why I’m going to continue working hard. For now, I give the money I save to mom so she keeps it safe, but I plan on opening a bank account in the future!

I want to be independent and be able to stand on my own feet.

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Lenah

This story is so inspiring especially to youth.saving money is important because that money that u will be saving one day is going to help u so it doesn't have to be lots of f money u only start lwith small amount that u have .we as youth we had to learn to save

Nov. 18, 2022, 11:15 a.m.

Tia

Guyz I can't save money voz when I see it I want data how do I stop this πŸ˜’πŸ˜“πŸ˜₯

Oct. 29, 2022, 7:52 p.m.

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Leeh

U are not the only one who does that I mean 😏😌I can only save for 2 days then I buy snacks coz I love food...can plz someone help us

Thandy

You should put the money in a safe or give it to someone you really trust

@Zoey

I have only saved 36

Dine

This story is great...I will now also try to saving money although I've tried it before but fail...but this time I will try even harder

Oct. 19, 2022, 9:10 a.m.

Anam

This story is amazing I.ll keep on saving

Sept. 14, 2022, 5:02 p.m.

Bayolise

Guys I love another boy but I don't want to tell her because I scared l don't know what lm going to do

Aug. 20, 2022, 9:34 p.m.

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Asa

WhT ever

Alwande

Just tell and if he says he doesn't love you dont care about him

Amantle

-Saving Money is a Good thing ❀️🀞🏽 but the problem start When You.uu don't have anything at home like...padsπŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈor anything & You end up using that Money eiish πŸ˜”

July 28, 2022, 10:07 a.m.

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Moeng

Budget money is a good thing to do in life because you can't live without money 🀞🀞🀞🀷🀷🀷

Sannie

Eish😒

Tshenolo

Who thin

July 14, 2022, 7:49 a.m.

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Tshenolo

Sorry that was a mistake. I was saying who thinks savings money as a child is hard because u have things u want to buy then at the end of the day u have no money?

Anam

I dont think its like that

My guide to save my money was not so use full everyday because i never wanna save money. The time i was 20years i realise its in important to save money because im finish with school and i still doesnt have a job

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

i always wanted to save in my life but i alwys it the money even if i buy a piggy bank i open it and eat the money what must i do?

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Anam

My advise is that dont count the money evryday you use it

I have always tried saving but I really cant

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Saving can be difficult if you aren't strict with yourself. Make a budget, set a goal for the money you're saving and save it into a 32 day cheque account so that you aren't tempted to spend it and that it gains interest. It will all be worth it in the end.

Saving can also help you through difficult times that's why I do it alot

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

i hv a huge problem wth money i dnt hw to help my self n get out to the dept dat i hv eix

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

...saving my money is a problem ....whenever I get money I spend all of all but I'll try and teach myself how to save

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

I want to start saving but the problem is when I have that money I crave a lot of things please help

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

I'm trying to save but everytime I need something I use my money and then end up buying stuff I dont really need. This is how I dont see where my money is going. So, every time I try to save I hide my money but after a while I forget about it and can't remember where I hid it 😐. The struggle is real, but I'm working on it.

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

I like saving but the only problem is that my mother often borrows my money and pays after a long period of time

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Springster. My advice would be to open a 32 day cheque account for your savings that way you won't be tempted to spend it and you won't have access to it. That's a better method of saving for long term!

Nice

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Anam

Yeah its niceπŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

I don't mind saving but when i save i save coz i wanna go shopping, when i go out with friends, go partying or cinema u know i save for me coz i don't feel i have to stress about school fees and stuff is that a good or bad thing

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Springster, nothing wrong with saving for an outfit or cinema. We all have different goals - the important thing is learning how to save so that when we start running our successful businesses or have a job, we know how to tuck some money away for a rainy day.

Anam

Me2 but I dont have stress about school fees

My mother gives me money and I try to save it and hide it because I have brother's ...wherever I hide my money that I save ,my big brother steals it ,I really don't know how he finds it...now I really don't know if I should save money or not

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Wow, what a smart girl!

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

I just want one lead love me

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Good

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

When are save money veryone what me to borrw them.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Wow goodπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Sannie

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Nice I also need to save R5.00 per day for my small business that I have.Thanks for your advice

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Nice I also need to save R5.00 per day for my small business that I have.Thanks for your advice

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.