Sunday, February 9, 2014


money mistakes avoid
We all make mistakes when it comes to handling money matters. Managing money is an important factor in life. However, too many Filipinos are making mistakes that hinder them from taking control of their finances.

Peso Mistake #1: Filipinos do not have clear financial goals.

Filipinos have this general idea of desiring their dream house and dream car. However, most Pinoys do not have an idea on what they really want and on how to get there.

Pinoys spend their money on shoes and clothes and some Starbucks.  Although these are needed (I doubt with the Starbucks part), they do not realize that their money goes to these items and not to their dream house or dream car. Buying more cappuccino is less likely to be found in their financial goals, but this is where most Pinoys spend their money on the little things.

If you know what you want, you will shift all of your resources towards that mark.

Peso Mistake #2: Filipinos avoid finances.

Pinoys tend not to look at their statement bills or even look at their bank account. Pinoys avoid discussing money with their parents, with their partners, because they do not want to create guilt or conflict, or discussion makes them too anxious.
It is recommended that this issue should be resolved rather than just put away. It is more stressful to avoid the problem rather than face the problem.

Peso Mistake #3: Filipinos do not know how much they are spending.

During my elementary days, I had this classmate named Ria Mae Corda, who at the mere age of 8 years, already knows how to take note of her finances. She had this small notebook and she uses this to record ALL of her spending for the day.
Imagine a small child knowing how to manage her finances yet most adults do not even know where their money goes to. Pinoys know the big bills like rent or electricity bill, however, they do not know where their money goes on the smaller stuff like new clothes or groceries.

Walkington, a Canadian money coach, recommends keeping record of everything for a few months to know where the money goes. She advises to make a limit to each expense and not to spend beyond it.

Peso Mistake #4. Filipinos depend on credit.

Suze Orman, a Pinoy financial coach, said that credit card debt is “financial sin.” She gives advice that before saving money, before investing, the number one goal is on how to pay off the credit card debt. Pinoys will be in greater problem at the 36% interest.

These are four common money mistakes that you do not know you’re doing. You should start creating and defining your financial goal. Even if you think that your financial outlook does not look so bright, you still can manage your money.

Create your goal, be motivated by it, manage your finances, and then your financial future will look brighter.

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  1. This is indeed true , thats why me and my husband has these ibank application in our phone to truck our all expenses :)

    1. Wow! You are definitely on the right track @laarnie :)

  2. A very interesting post. And I think a lot of people from outside of Filipines can relate to the post also.

    1. Yes Joanna :) All nationalities have these money-related problems :)

  3. these facts are all true and I guess these are quite universal too not only for Filipinos.

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    1. Yes! All nationalities have these money-related problems :)

  4. I think it's not only Pinoys who have these financial problems. Many other people from around the world are not aware and not taught about the basics of finances, investments and savings.

    1. The world lacks financial education. I agree with you on that Roch.

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  6. In terms of budgeting, many people usually think of their expenses before they receive their earnings. Usually, the formula we follow is income - expenses = savings but the more appropriate is income - savings = expenses in terms of budgeting. It is good to read posts like this that helps educate us on financial management. Thanks for the article!

    1. Glad you agree with this firsttimetravels :)