Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just Because

I felt compelled to churn out something today because it's been 6 days since my last post, but I can't think of anything coherent right now. So I will subject my readers to the random thoughts polluting my mind, which may or may not be personal finance related. You have been warned.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Analyzing our Budget

When I finally sat down to create a monthly household budget, I came up with four categories: Fixed Expenses (parking and condominium dues, yaya's salary and benefits, PLDT and cable dues), Non-Fixed Expenses (Meralco, grocery, gasoline, eating out, laundry, water dues, lunch and taxi/fun fund), Savings/ Investments/ Protection (emergency funds, mutual funds investments, life insurance and health insurance) and Debt Payment (mortgage and personal loan).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How I Was Sabotaging Our Finances

The good news is that it's very easy to withdraw funds from COL Financial, the bad news is I had to sell some stocks to pay off my credit card debt. That's how I found out how effortless it is to withdraw from COL Financial.

Ever since we bought the next door condo unit, our money situation has been slightly precarious with our emergency funds decimated and finding ourselves in debt to some family members. Things are looking up though and I'll be through paying my brother within a few days. Also, with an upcoming bonus, we can even start renovating the kitchen and tuck a tidy sum away in our emergency funds account.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Post: Smart Spends That Will Save You Money

When you have a family to look after, you’re not just looking out for your own financial well being - you’ve got to support everyone in your home. You never know what life is going to throw at you - expensive medical bills, a car break down or worse could be just around the corner, but there are some things that you can do now to help save for the long term.

Every penny counts when looking after family finance, and whilst it may seem counter intuitive to actually go out and spend money in order to achieve this, sometimes a small investment now can make a huge long term difference. By investing a small amount of money now, you can set yourself
up for the future, and part of being frugal is knowing a good deal when you see one, and a stitch in time can save nine.

It can be true that you’ve got to spend money to make money, but cliches aside, here are a few tips to help you see whether you can save a little extra bit of money. Some of these changes will probably cost next to nothing, whilst others may be a little more expensive, but all could save you even more cash over the long term.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


This is totally not personal finance related, but about 3 months ago, I received a text message in Bisaya from "Lucel" saying that she won't be able to come to work because her husband got into a motorcycle accident and she has to take care of him.

I don't know any Lucel and the only person who works for me is my son's yaya Sheila, who is Bicolana and not Bisaya, so I ignored the message and treated it as an ingenious scam attempt (because how did "Lucel" know that I was Bisaya?).

A few weeks after that, I get another Bisaya message saying that her child had a fever and she wouldn't be able to go to work. The sender didn't identify herself as Lucel though, but like the first one, it was sent at about 6AM.

Then last week, I receive yet another text message. I was able to save it, so I quote: