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Stupid Tax: An Outrageously High Movie Rental Bill

March 26, 2013

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I told the story of why I’m hemming and hawing about getting myself a TV. Today, I’ll tell the story of the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, in the name of entertainment: I paid THREE HUNDRED WHOLE PESOS because I didn’t return my Video City videos for more than a whole month. But the whole […]

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Living On VCD Movies vs. Getting Cable

March 14, 2013

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In the dormitel where I live, Oliveros’ Place, there is a steal of a service in Cable TV: For only Php 200, you can have a monthly subscription to Cable TV. I believe they have Aklan Cable, the municipality’s better cable. But I’ve been hemming and hawing about getting the service because of a couple […]

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Isn’t That A Little Bit Much?

November 24, 2012

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While we’re on the subject of totally indulgent consumerism, let me veer towards something lighter and might make you laugh — if it’s funny to you, that is. Gizmodo recently republished a Jezebel article about a Thanksgiving sale for Hermes Birkin bags that cost $60,000 each. Luxury bags aren’t news nowadays, not even to Filipinos […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Pay Your Debt All At Once

November 6, 2012

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Last week, I told the story of my friend who paid “Stupid Tax” because he left his clothes on the bed of his Kalibo boarding house, despite the fact that he already moved to Boracay for work. Today, I’ll tell the Part 2 of his story. In the Philippines, debt is just sadly common. Just […]

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“Not A Bad Deal, Right?”

October 31, 2012

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There was a funny thing I came across today: Yes, that’s a crazy-expensive bottle of rubbing alcohol. This brand-new pack for Green Cross only contains 40 mL, but already costs Php 33.35, SRP. It will probably retail in stores for an actual price of around Php 33.50 up to Php 34. This thing actually shortchanges […]

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The Latte Factor

October 31, 2012

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  There is such a thing as what people in PF, or Personal Finance circles call, “The Latte Factor.” Stated simply, this is the concept of how a little expense, when you really sum it up, could add up to a pretty hefty sum, over time. Take a Starbucks Latte, for example. A Venti Hot […]

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Of Stupid Tax Moments

October 29, 2012

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“Stupid Tax.” It’s what Dave Ramsey calls the dumb, idiotic, unwise things we do with money. A car that you couldn’t afford. Mortgage on a house you will only default in. “Sale” items you may never get to use. Paying double the van fare because I didn’t get to the terminal on time. Paying for […]

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