Money Matters

Direct Deposit of US Government Payments

Do you get US Government Payments? You get Direct Deposit to a Philippine Bank Did you know that you can now have most US Government payments (Social Security, Military Retirements, etc) deposited directly into your Philippines US Dollar Bank account? That’s right! BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands) now offers direct deposit of US Government…

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Earthbound Misfit Part 1

I’ve filled up gas worth $3 before and later on, I put in worth $45 in my gas tank. I’ve asked for rides & given rides. I’ve got a house full of food & I’ve been without food. I’ve given people clothes & I’ve been receiving clothes from others. I’ve been in stores cashing out…

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Do you have a million pesos banked?

Do you have a million pesos banked

I have read a number of articles about how much money is needed per month to live in the Philippines. I have promised myself that I would not write an article about how much money a foreigner needs per month to live in the Philippines until I have actually done it. This article brings up…

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10 dumb mistakes foreigners make in 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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