Count one, two..and ta-da! It’s summertime once more in the beautiful islands of the Philippines! That’s right! In less than 3 months, almost all of your friends will be on the road again, making their way to their favorite summer destinations. Wanna join them but still don’t have an idea where to get the dough? Well don’t fret! You still have plenty of time to secure just the right amount of money to spend for a great summer weekend getaway.
Let me share to you my top 3 most effective ways to save money. There’s nothing fancy here; they’re simple and very easy to follow. I have to warn you though that these would require an extreme amount of discipline, patience and determination.
1. Don’t use your car nor take a cab. Ride a jeepney or squeeze yourself in the MRT/LRT. I used to take a cab going to the office, and back, and normally spent P160/day. When I started riding the jeepney and the MRT, my transportation expenses went down to P38/day only. I started to save P122/day. Let’s do the math. P122 X22 working days= P2684/month X 2 months, that’s a whopping P5,368!
2. Don’t go out every weekend. Lessen your trips to the clubs or to the malls at the end of each week. As one of my good friends would say, going out would mean spending money. How much do you normally spend every week in the malls? in the clubs? P500? Close to a thousand? Why don’t you do it twice a month, or once a month only? How much will you save? I bet you’re good in Math!
3. Cut down your electricity bill. Turn the air-con off. Use electric fans instead. C’mon! If others can sleep without it, why can’t you? Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh for some. Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. These tips, no matter how simple they are, may require a lot of determination. I actually did this and saved P1500/month. Of course, there are many other ways by which we can lower down our electric bills. All it takes is a little effort and some plain common sense on our part.
And that’s pretty much it!! Try to follow these simple tips and you would save more than enough money to spend for a great summer weekend getaway without even noticing it. Please understand though that these may not be applicable to everyone as each of us has different lifestyles. I don’t buy my coffee at Starbucks. Maybe you do. If you could reduce your visits to the coffee shop, you could save a good amount of money too. Bottom line is, if we identify our unnecessary expenses, cut them down, or completely get rid of them, below would be the result.