Category Archives: Money Watch

Soft Tacos

We love to have uncommon food sometimes, not just rice + viand, a Filipino staple during meals.

Soft tacos or Tortilla Wraps is just about right for this family with three children who are also open to have a variety of food served:

Head over to my food blog to see how these Soft Tacos or Tortilla Wraps are prepared.

How to Stretch Your Budget

So you want to stretch your budget? Me too.

If you want to achieve this goal, you have to prioritize the things you need to scrimp with and splurge on.

You can stretch your budget by making intelligent choices and decisions. Here are a few steps to consider:

  • Write down what you need to purchase and prioritize the more important ones to the less important ones.
  • Before purchasing something big, ask yourself: “Do I really need this now or can purchasing it wait for later?”
  • Write down what you spend on, be it a chocolate bar or a new bed, to help  you monitor where your money is going. You may be surprised to see that you are spending more on non-essential things than on the must-have items. (Are the hair pieces worth the investments than going to the hair salon every few weeks or so for a new hairstyle?)
  • Make room for financial investments, be these real estate property, shares in the stock market or financial plans. Talk to a financial adviser so that your investment does not end up in the wrong hands.

Read more tips here. 

P.S. I wrote the article linked.

Price Watch: Glad Press ‘n Seal

Two weeks ago when we needed to buy groceries, our favorite supermarket had lines of people that go till between the aisles. The husband decided to go to a nearby supermarket for the immediate supplies (read: food to be cooked) we need.

I didn’t want to but between choosing to cook nothing versus buying there, the lack of food won over my resolve to not buy from that supermarket. Why? because being a price watcher, I know that their prices are outrageous.

Here is a sample:

Price Watch: Glad Press n' Seal

Glad Press ‘n Seal price:

Top Photo Php167.75 from SM Hypermarket, Quirino Highway/Tandang Sora Quezon City

Bottom Photo: Php 143.00 from Cherry Foodarama Congressional Avenue Quezon City

Used Items

A friend who once used to be a DJ at a late-night rock radio station wants to have his own DJ-ing equipments so I asked him to check out used dj equipment for sale at musicians friend

For me personally, I don’t see anything wrong with using “used” items as long as these are still in good condition and are priced reasonably. Except of course for personal items like clothes and shoes, I’d get a few choice used items if there is a need and the budget is tight.

Being frugal has its own rewards as long as you do things properly.

Earning Extra

Who doesn’t want to earn “extra”? Everyone does want to earn extra though very few would dare leave their comfort zones and venture out into the “wild”.

Earning extra these days come in many shapes and forms. There are virtual assistant, medical transcriptionist plus a whole lot of no-travel, telecommute work from home schemes.

While others choose to sew dresses or buy wholesale jewelry to be made into intricate jewelry piece, people who cook specialty cakes and cupcakes and a whole lot more of stuff one can do at home while in pajamas.

If you are given a choice, which one would you rlikely do?