When I was about to move to rural Japan to teach, I bought some used furniture from a teacher who was leaving the school. A sofa, two small bookshelves, a mirror and a coffee table. He stored them at the school (we needed 3 levels of approval for this) and when it was time for […]
One thing about finances in the Philippines is that your money will go a long way here compared to in western societies. Life is much less expensive in the Philippines, and that is attractive to many people!
Be sure to also read our archive about Repairs. You can get most anything repaired in the Philippines. Much different than in most western cultures where you just throw something away if it breaks. Repairs in the Philippines are cheap and you can save a lot of money compared to buying a replacement of the broken item!
On the same computer that I am using to write these words, I also maintain a spreadsheet. It is the initial Philippine budget I created a couple years ago, based on data/info I searched for on the internet. My initial budget was based on other Philippine expat budgets since I was still living in the […]
Everything you might want to buy is cheaper in the Philippines, right? Well, I’m sorry to inform you, but it just ain’t so. Indeed, many things are cheaper here, but the truth is, many things are much more expensive here than in your home country, you can bet on that. For the most part, the […]
The time for gathering personal information needed to file a U.S. income tax return is at hand. Those of you who have been down this road before and have filed U.S. income tax returns in the past know the routine. For some others, however, this could be a new – and possibly overwhelming – challenge. […]
Most foreigners with experience living in the Philippines will likely recommend building up savings in their home county prior to relocating to the islands. Philippine related websites such as this one (or YouTube videos) do not discuss in much detail some more general retirement issues such as money management. For example, this site does occasionally […]
I’ve made a few articles on PayMaya and I noted that PayMaya is becoming popular now because of the abundance of cell phones and the convenience of not having to use cash. They need some more work in my opinion, but they are definitely on the right track. The convenience actually saved me a trip home […]