What is this blog about?

A BIG hello from The Little Girl! This blog is about my tips on saving money. I'm one of the stingiest persons I've ever known. So if you feel that your piggy bank doesn't seem to stop losing weight, you're in the right place!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stop Buying Bottled Water

Photo by stevendepolo on Flickr.com

In the Philippines, tap water is not safe for drinking. There are some people who might not get sick after drinking tap water; nevertheless, it is still advisable to drink distilled or boiled water, or better yet, to boil distilled water to remove dangerous contaminants from the water.

My family doesn’t boil drinking water except in the morning for my parents’ coffee or my sister and myself’s hot chocolate. At work, we used to regularly buy distilled water for everyone. We consume up to 25 gallons a month, which cost Php350 (approximately $8). In some months (especially during the hot summer months), we consume much more.

To save a bit of money, we decided to buy a water purifier, the type that is installed directly to the faucet.  The unit was expensive (more than Php1000 or $23), but we could save in the long run. Before this, we had been paying Php350 a month just for the distilled water plus another Php300 for the water bill, a total of Php650. Now, we’re only paying Php350 a month (sometimes, Php500). We are able to save Php150 to Php300 a month. I was happy with the results.

Stop buying bottled water (Read the effects of bottled wateron the environment). Doing so would not only save the earth. It would also save us some money.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Unsuccessful Saving

Source: Robert Bejil Photography on Flickr.com

It’s forty-six days before Christmas. My family has started to buy gifts for our clients. Every Christmas, we’ve always bought brandy for our clients. This year, apart from brandies, we decided to buy cocktail juice for our female (or non-drinking) clients. We have already bought boxes of brandies last month. I accompanied my mom this afternoon to buy cocktail juice. I’ve heard that it costs only Php143 in Mandarin Supermarket (Ongpin) compared to S&R and Landmark (Trinoma), which cost Php154 and Php157, respectively.