Money Matters

10 dumb mistakes foreigners make when moving to the Philippines

Expat Mistakes Ten Big Mistakes that Expats Make Hi, Bob Martin here, owner and publisher of this website. John Miele, a former writer here on LiP, wrote this article way back in 2010. Even though the article has been around for a long, long time, it remains one of the most popular articles on the…

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How much money do you need to live in the Philippines?

Updated for 2018 How Much Do You Need to Live in the Philippines? Probably the most often asked question from people who are thinking about living in the Philippines is this – How much money do I need to have a good life there? Well, to be honest, there is no single answer that can…

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First Day on the Job

After breakfast, the first order of business was to exchange some American dollars into Philippine Pesos. The hotel directed us to the next street over and we walked into a money changers booth. Now I already knew those money changers were notorious for changing your money into theirs so I was watching her like a…

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A Kind of Death

It is a Kind of Death It feels like a kind of death. Everywhere I go, I wonder whether it’s the last time I’ll ever be there. Each thing I do seems like something I may never do again. A friend recently wondered whether I realized that this could be my “last and final move.”…

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Ways to Save some Pesos!

Today as I was thinking about what topic to discuss I was out with my wife at the local market and it all of a sudden dawned on me?? I am not sure if my other half never realized this or just did not want to put forth the effort. I noticed that every time she would…

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The budget

The Budget Getting your Philippine Finances Straight The Budget is very vital most especially when you are trying to make use of your money wisely.  Here are some points how you should have done your budget properly in the Philippines. First, you start out by figuring out what your needs are and then you work…

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