Once again I am on assignment, to improve my blogging skills and make your reading experience better. Assignment number 4 was to write a blog to our ideal reader and include a new element. We needed to identify who this reader was. My ideal readers are people like me. It is for every South African who wants to make their lives a little … Continue reading Who are you?
While researching the budget section of my blog, I came across the R1 family, a social experiment together with Sanlam. When I spoke to my mom and editor, she remembered that in 2014 Sanlam ran the R1 man experiment for the first time. I watched the R1 man (name unknown) and the R1 family or S’bu, Londiwe and kids. It was an eye opener … Continue reading 8 things I learned from the one rand experiment.
You’ve made arrangements with your friends, either to go out for supper, or to a movie. This is what it will cost for two couples to go to the movies, assuming you have movie cards and the 3D glasses. For 4 adult movie tickets, providing you have movie club cards, depending on your movie club, anywhere from R24 per ticket to R58 per ticket. Then … Continue reading How to save on entertainment
I definitely feel that retail therapy is also a short term bandaid to the real issue of why you are depressed. It also leads you to impulse buying. I have had over the years clothes that I would not normally have bought, specifically because I went shopping to cheer me up! Continue reading The Problem With “Retail Therapy”
Due to technical issues, I have had to post this blog unedited. Please forgive the grammatical errors. On a Facebook group I belong to, the topic of budgets came up and we started talking about the cost of groceries. I have already worked out my budget, which we stick to pretty closely, but I wanted to try a different store. We average R1500 per month per … Continue reading Things I learned while shopping!
What does the expiry date really mean? SELL BY: This is actually not for the consumers but lets the retailers know how long something could be on their shelves. It is a freshness date not a safety date. This date also takes into account how long you will most likely keep it on the shelf in your home. BEST IF USED BY: This is also … Continue reading How old is it?
There are so many things that we all do everyday to save money, but there are also things which we do, without realising we are wasting money. This week I looked into the cost of electricity. It was very difficult to find the exact cost of each kilowatt of electricity, but I think it is around 0.34 c. Load shedding is a sad reality in … Continue reading What are you wasting money on in your house?
What is envelope budgeting? It is basically dividing your money into different envelopes marked with different categories. When you receive your salary/wages, pay your regular bills online. For example: Rent/bond; Water & Lights; Rates & Taxes; DSTV; Medical aid; Insurance; school fees/ child care if it is over R1000; etc. Then take what is left over and divide it into envelopes. I do my shopping … Continue reading Envelope Budgeting
The importance of simply staying in control of your kitchen cupboard and the freezer, can’t be emphasized enough in helping you stay in control of your budget. I am following a blog called storage solutions 101 and in it the writer, Taylor Spalding Flanery, wrote about decluttering your house and planning your meals against the inventory in your cupboard. That way you don’t buy things … Continue reading I own my kitchen!