Thursday, August 07, 2014

5 Ways to Cut Expenditure so you can Travel

Top: Terranova | Skirt: SM Department Store | Sandals: Zara
Necklace: Thomas Sabo | Clutch: gifted | Watch: Swatch

I often find myself daydreaming of my next destination. The change in environment, the culture you learn, and the people you get to interact with excite me. I don’t often go abroad due to time and financial constraints but I am really saving up for it so that someday, in the near future, I will be able to set foot in a different continent.

Financial constraint is probably the greatest enemy of traveling. People often complain that they don’t have enough money to go traveling even if they want to. They complain that they won’t have enough money for their daily expenditure if they spend it on traveling. While there are ways on how you can travel on a tight budget, there are also ways on how you can cut your daily expenditure so you can have more money allotted for traveling – if you want to travel in style. I personally cannot go on a backpacking because for me, when I travel, it is a vacation. And for me vacation equates to comfort and convenience – which we all know would entail money. So, if you have the time but can’t quite get enough savings to travel, here are my 5 ways on how you can cut your daily expenditure:


1.  Forget about Starbucks – members of the employed population are guilty of this – and so am I. I don’t always go to Starbucks because of my hyperacidity but I do go probably once or twice a week. Worse, I not only purchase my favourite latte but I must have Belgian Waffles with Caramel Drizzle as well (so that means twice the cost). If you really have the desire to travel, forget about the little mundane things. Think of the bigger picture. I spend about 300.00PHP to 600.00PHP per week at Starbucks. They are getting richer and I am not! If you multiply that to 4, I spend about 1,200.00PHP to 2,400.00PHP per month just for latte and Belgian waffles. That can already be my bus fare to Baguio or Ilocos or Bicol! You just have to gather valour to resist the temptation. If you are really craving for coffee, there are so many homemade recipes you can find online to replicate Starbucks for half the price.


2. Ride the public transportation – me speaking in Philippines public transportation context - oil prices seem to be increasing infinitely. This makes owning a car rather luxurious. Instead of going to work or school or to wherever with your car, try riding the public transportation. This may not be as convenient as your car but it helps you save money. You can do this on days when you don’t have to be too early at work or school or if you have spare time to ride the public transportation. Public transportation to/from my house is only about 131.00PHP. If I take the cab, it will cost me more than twice - about 500.00PHP. If I ride in my dad’s car, full tank of diesel will last for about 5 days - about 440.00PHP per day. See how much difference I can save from commuting? In five days I get to save about 1,545.00PHP. Multiplied by 4, I save 6,180.00PHP per month. That is already an airfare to Viet Nam/Bangkok/Hong Kong/Singapore/Taipei if Cebu Pacific has promo fares! And in two months I may be able to afford even the hotel and tours plus pocket money!

3.  Bring your own lunch – aside from helping you save money, this also ensures your safety. Eating at fast food joints every day is definitely unhealthy. Eating in food stalls or the cafeteria may be a better alternative but you can’t be too sure of their hygiene. Most of the time I bring my own food to work because not only is it more convenient (no long queues), it helps me save up to 70.00PHP per day. Aside from that, most of the foods available in our cafeteria are the same each day so you get tired of their taste after 2 or 3 days. Bringing my own lunch allows me to save 350.00PHP per week which is about 1,400.00PHP per month. I can add this to my pocket money so I can go shopping when I travel.

4. Stay away from malls when going home – one of the greatest temptations I have to resist when going home is the mall. I have to pass by 2 malls to reach the Jeepney terminal. If you have to undergo the same hurdle, my advice is for you is to just look straight and think of your bed. This works for me all the time. I just think of my bed and realize how tired I am from working all day that I just want to lie in my bed and rest. If you stray from your path, you will become more tired and you tell yourself you don’t want that. You want to rest and sleep.

5.  Smart shopping – as a blogger, I think one of the biggest challenges is keeping your wardrobe updated. If you have a lot of disposable income, you find it difficult to resist the temptation to shop and purchase more clothes. Of course you want to be ahead of the trends and thus you have that deep desire to continuously shop. You want your OOTD’s to be fashionable for your readers, right? But think of the bigger picture AGAIN. How many times do you think you will wear that trendy item? How many OOTD’s will you be able to picture from that piece of clothing? If you think you can get as many wears from that item as you can then it may be worth it. But if not, ditch it! In my case, what I do is I buy trendy items from Landmark which is a really cheap department store or shop during sales.
Top: Terranova | Skirt: SM Department Store | Sandals: Zara
Necklace: Thomas Sabo | Clutch: gifted | Watch: Swatch

I hope you found this post helpful. Now where should we all go next? I can’t wait for January for my next trip!

Remember that traveling and the experiences you get from it is the best education you can ever have.

Have a lovely week ahead.




9 comments :

  1. Yes yes yes! Save save save for the next planned trip. Every peso counts ika nga haha! :)


    The Girl Behind the Pen

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    1. I know! Even centavos you save counts!

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  2. wow! this is one of the perfect post im looking for...super helpful. ilove reading your blog...i can relate with tips number four and five....why girls cannot resist shopping? hahaha...i never had any absences during mall hours after work, even if im whispering to myself " just window shopping, i wont buy, i promise"...after an hour, i had already 2 or 3 shopping bags...eeerrrr....hate that a lot...

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    1. Thank you! Glad this was helpful to you. It really is difficult to resist shopping. Especially with all the trends every season, you just can't stop your hands from spending!

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  3. yay! so much love for this fresh pastel/floral look! my fave among all your outfits so far dear :)

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  5. I'm guilty hahahaha! I been trying to cut starbucks pero ang hirap! I only walk going to work kc lapit lang rcbc from my apartment and cup of joe always come to my mind at ang hirap lang escape kc bawat kanto meron..grh! so yes..everyday I always need to have my caramel machto and even my mom don't like that idea...ang mahal daw ng kape ko..hahahaha:)

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