I’ve posted about the economic problems our nation is facing. It is already a fact that a lot of filipinos are alarmed with its inevitability. We are not alone. Other countries are suffering from global economic meltdown. Even this we cannot do something about.
So what now?
I say, live frugally. Here’s how I’ve been combatting the crisis:
1) Buy second-hand (slightly damaged) clothes and appliances. I love going to the thrift shops or ukay-ukay. Just recently, I bought a G2000 long-sleeved polo for OMH (ohmyhubby) for only PhP150!
2) Minimize taking a cab/taxi. If it’s not that far or if I am not carrying a huge stuff, I take an FX or a jeepney to go to places. Come to think of it, the flagdown PhP35 is still much higher than the minimum fare of a jeepney or an FX, right? Think of the additional fare per kilometer; usually it would cost me a minimum of PhP100 everytime I go to a department store to buy our weekly groceries. Imagine how much I could save!
3) Go to your nearest local wet market places rather than mall market. Meats at wet market are fresher than those frozen meats we used to buy at a known mall’s hypermarket, and they are cheaper too!
4) Make one meal/viand for the whole day. This really works for us. The viand is already prepared in the morning since OMH and I are both working. It saves gas and prepping time.
5) Travel off seasons. Usually, the rates are much lower. OMH and I went to Bohol last year. Our rates were cut into half. The airline offered a 10-peso promo if you book in advance. We might do it again this year. Yipee!
I’m still trying to follow some other frugal tips, but for now, these 5 items are in the top of my list. I’ve done them and will surely continue practicing them. So far, so good 🙂