Sound advice to help graduates to live within their financial means

Brian Joss – Securing your first employment opportunity is an exciting accomplishment for any graduate. Especially after investing the time and money in your education throughout the years.

However, the need to be mobile as a working individual soon becomes a reality. Employers often consider those with their own set of wheels as far more reliable in fulfilling their duties compared to those who are dependent on public transport, which can be unpredictable at times.

Traditionally, obtaining a vehicle would mean having a credit history, which gives the banking institution hope that you are likely to pay back the funds that they lend you to buy your car. However, as a first-time buyer, or fresh from tertiary, it is unlikely that you will have the required credit history. Yet it is important to make building a credit profile a priority.

Securing that job opportunity comes the responsibility of being financially savvy, ensuring that your hard-earned money is wisely spent and assists you in achieving financial freedom in the long run. WesBank has outlined some useful tips to assist graduates to ensure that they are better equipped in their financial journey:

Track your income and expenses: This means understanding exactly how much you make versus how much you spend. Essentially, draw up a budget, and as difficult as it may be, stick to it.

Spend less than you make every month: A budget is important as it helps to ensure that you spend less than what you make each month. If you do not track your spending, it is relatively easy to overspend. Also, don’t think that you will make up for it in the next month. Before you know it, you are in over your head with debts.

Minimise on lifestyle inflation: Being young often means high pressure to go out and socialise, or buy the most expensive items of clothing and gadgets, instead of saving towards bigger purchases, like a house, or for emergencies. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your entertainment needs, and identify other less expensive means of entertainment. Splurging money once in a while is fine. However, be careful not to overdo it through lifestyle pressures. The money that you’re spending on unnecessary items, such as excessive entertainment, is money that you could be using towards something that will make a real difference to your life.

Start saving early: One of the most common mistakes any working individual makes is thinking they will start saving when they start earning a certain amount. This is one important financial discipline that should not be put off indefinitely. Even if you start with a small amount, a little goes a long way. Saving is a lifelong decision which impacts how early you can retire; as well as having a go-to in case of a financially demanding emergency.

WesBank Graduate Finance is designed for graduates who have a university degree, three-year diploma or NQF 6 qualification; have graduated within the past three years; are under the age of 31; Can provide proof of employment; hold a valid driving licence; and are a SA citizen or permanent resident.

“Graduates who are looking t for their first set of wheels are encouraged to visit the annual Festival of Motoring at Kyalami Grand Prix from 22 to 25 August, where you can see a range of car options, talk to OEM’s who will be exhibiting throughout the festival and also engage with the WesBank,” says Ghana Msibi, WesBank Executive Head of Motor. 

CAPTION: Starting right: mobility is important. Picture: Motorpress

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