Bad Financial Habits to Break Before the Year Ends

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As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to turn over a new leaf and get rid of all sorts of bad habits, financial habits, included. From spending more than you earn, unnecessary and impulsive purchases, taking from your savings, making late payments, not tracking your expenses, and not putting money to the side—all those money mistakes you’ve been guilty of this year must come to an end. If you want to be financially stable in the future, then having good financial habits should start now. Not to mention, be caught up in money woes should an emergency arise. Start preparing for your future by taking control of your expenses. Here are some bad financial habits you need to break before the year ends: Spending More Than You Earn You are spending more than you earn if you have a little money left at the end of the month. But, you can put an end to this habit by budgeting your money to make sure that your income covers all your expenses, while still having some left for savings … [Read more...]

8 Realistic Financial Goals and Ways to Achieve Them

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With so many things to do, places to see, and bills to pay, your wallet and savings will be put to the test. Before accomplishing your life bucket list, you have to make sure your financial savings are all set not only to accommodate your wants but also prepare for the rainy days. But first things first, you must plot out specific financial goals and match it with your financial capabilities. In a previous World Bank study entitled “Enhancing Financial Capability and Inclusion in the Philippines,” Filipino respondents received a rating of 45% in financial literacy quiz, which means that Filipinos’ financial management and habits are still average. No matter what age set you’re in or how your lifestyle goes, the need to save money and be financially aware is a must do. While saving money is a tough deal when you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you can counter it by saving little by little.     1. Have no debts – If there’s one thing you’d feel good for … [Read more...]

Identify and Avoid Loan Scams: Here’s How

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Loan scams are rampant everywhere. These may involve payment of fees for a loan that “lenders” promise to grant, but result in fraud or taking something from you either in the form of cash or personal information in the end. But no matter how much you warn people about loan scams, a significant number of people still fall prey to this fraudulent act. And the reason is quite simple: people dealing with money problems can easily get swayed by all kinds of deals. Further, since many loan scams transpire online nowadays, Malaysians are dubbed to be the most vulnerable to being victimized. A survey made found that almost 50 percent of the respondents have had a history of getting tricked by fraudulent practices on the internet. In the Philippines, economic and cyber crimes are prevalent, too—with reports saying that the country ranked seventh as the most attacked country on the mobile platform. Despite the bleak scenario, there are signs that give away that you may be dealing with … [Read more...]

A Millennial Guide to Getting Personal Loan

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  #Adulting has been a buzzword among the millennials, and is often used in a witty way to mean taking charge of your own life, doing grown-up things, and holding responsibilities. From having a job, paying bills, ensuring that your car is in good, working condition, undergoing certain medical procedures, planning some home improvement activities, achieving financial independence, and so forth. But if you would be honest, #adulting is so much more than a millennial jargon. It’s an inescapable reality just like having expanding waistlines and thinning hair, and admittedly, it’s no less scary than the latter two. Unfortunately, there’s no denying that only a few grew up truly prepared to #adult, particularly when it comes to handling finances. As a Filipino millennial yourself, you know very well that you still have a lot to learn when it comes to your financial health and spending habits. More so, that it takes time to truly take control over this large part of your … [Read more...]

5 Attainable Strategies To Grow Your Income This 2017

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There are two types of income; passive and active. For most Filipinos, their common source of active income comes from their monthly salary. It is steady and it is there, however, the growth of income remains stagnant. Now, the million peso question, “How to increase that income?” To help you get your millionaire success story answer, here’s a takeaway on five attainable strategies that are real and practical to grow your income this 2017! 1) Determine your expenses. The first strategy is to determine all of your expenses and to know where all the bulk of your expenses are coming from. Get the difference of your total expenses from your active income. Your active income is your gross income (the monthly salary), and the more expenses you have the less net income you receive. For example, if you are spending too much for a coffee from Starbucks when you can take a sachet of caffeine from your office pantry. So the goal here is to lessen expenses to increase your net income. That … [Read more...]

8 Financial Lessons That You Can Learn From Favorite Christmas Movies

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Finally, it’s December first! We’re officially in the last month of the year! What else there is to do than make the best out of this holiday month! And marathoning those all-time favorite Christmas movies is one way to get all that hype running.   So, to help you get started, we list down favorite Christmas movies to get you cozy up on your jammies. These movies not only provide entertainment but also help you pick up financial life lessons that you can bring beyond the holidays. So, spare the spoiler alert, and check through the list and find out what these Christmas movies can offer. 1) Home Alone (1990)  Lesson: “Keep homes secure when you’re away for a holiday.” Generally funny, really heartwarming, and slightly sadistic, this 1990 American Christmas comedy film is now a real-good classic movie that has become a tradition to watch on our cable channels. The movie tells a story of the 8-year old boy, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who was left behind when his family … [Read more...]

7 Money Habits That Make Millennials Richer

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Are you a millennial who wants bigger savings but always ends up waiting for payday? If yes, you are not alone, and you better rethink your money habits now. A Moody’s Analytics study shows that people under 35 do not save and even spend more than they have. On the other hand, 55% of millennials would rather spend their money on experiences than material goods. Examples are travelling to another country or buying tickets for a concert. Of course, you deserve to give into your guilty pleasures sometimes, spend for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and create fun memories you won’t be able to do 10 or 20 years from now. Who wants to miss out on life, right? However, living life as a millennial does not mean forgetting to save and invest for the future. Get to enjoy all the good things in life without going broke by developing habits that will make a richer you. Here are simple and easy strategies millennials like you can do to fill your pockets with bigger savings. 1. Believe … [Read more...]

Smart Financial Management Tips for the Upcoming School Year

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So you’ve covered the tuition payments and you’ve created a budget you can totally follow. The key to financial success, however, lies in smart management of the funds in the day to day. It’s not as complicated as you think, and are actually easy enough to follow. Here are simple tips that you can follow in order to manage your money well. Tip #1: Keep Your Budget Tight Use your budget as a plan to keep you in the black. This means that you aren’t spending more than you earn and can live with. It also means that you are able to set money aside for emergencies and unexpected expenses. Living on a budget means that you plan carefully where each and every peso goes to when it's needed. Many people are too lazy to make a budget, thinking they can "wing it". In reality, a budget gives you the freedom to plan what you can spend, and avoid overdrawing yourself. Tip #2: Pay Your Debts Spending on a lifestyle you can’t truly sustain will catch up with you down the line. Smart money … [Read more...]

Kuripot and Proud: Budgeting Tips from Self-Confessed Frugal People

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No one likes a kuripot person. They never seem to want to spend on anything. They always go for what is cheaper and more affordable. Getting kuripot people to say yes to a get-together takes monumental effort. They’re never ones to spring for a treat either. One thing that they, in fact, are is very good at saving money. In fact, they’re the ones who are NEVER worried when pay comes out—because they have enough set aside. If you, on the other hand, are constantly desperately in need of cash, you might learn a thing or two from the kuripots in your crew. We have one or two of those here at PawnHero and we asked them for the budgeting tips that will help you save more. “You’re not THAT hungry.” Admit it. Lunch is often not enough for you. In between, there’s probably a snack or two thrown in with maybe one more when you best friend invites you to the downstairs convenience store. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with a snack here and there. Unless, of course, you want to save … [Read more...]

Meet Pawnina – Your New BFF

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  Hi, everyone, Pawnina Bayani here. I’m a 25-year old tech support agent. Just like you, I love to shop, dine, travel, and spend time with the people I love the most. I live independently in a cozy apartment that I’m renting out. I pay my own bills and I send money to my parents in the province. I may not have the most luxurious lifestyle, but I am able to save a few bills every paycheck. My goal is to live life to the fullest, but of course, while still catering to my needs and responsibilities. Not an easy feat, huh? I know many of you out there have the same plight as me—utility bills, rent, money, food, transpo allowance. I know everything can get a bit difficult to shoulder sometimes. And that’s why I’m here. I bring tips and tricks on budgeting and saving—basically how to better handle your finances. You can turn to me for practical advice on life, finances, anything at all! I've been there, and I want to share my experiences with all of you, to help you win … [Read more...]