Borrowing money to pay another debt is a common story here in Philippines. Though most of the people may find this a “common” scene and seems like there’s nothing to worry about, in a financial perspective, this is very alarming.
Financial debt is increasing in the Philippines and if we will not take any action to solve these financial issues, we’ll surely see our fellow Filipino kababayan swimming in debt.
This blog is to help fellow Filipinos to increase their awareness in financial matters of life. If you are one of us, please help us spread the word with this awareness campaign.
Listed below are Filipino spending habits that are very evident in the Philippines. I hope by the end of this post, you’ll become more aware of these bad money habits and take action.
Saying that you can is one thing, but proving it is another thing.
1. Mañana habit
Many Filipinos despite knowing how important it is to save money, especially for emergency use, it seems that they tend to ignore saving money and they simply procrastinate. This is because of the lack of discipline. This one may hurt many readers but it’s true. When the need arise, they always use what they’ve learned from school, cramming. Sad truth isn’t it?
2. Living life to the fullest
This is one of the most evil piece of advice you can get in your life. Why? This may seem good if you got a narrow thinking. You might say “Yeah, I only live once so I’ve got to live my life to the fullest” then you go party every weekends, do impulsive shopping, buy unnecessary things for short term pleasure. Then go broke in the future.
This piece of evil advice has blinded many people to enjoy the short term pleasures not seeing the long term effect in the future. This is one of the biggest reasons why people gets poorer.
3. Bahala na si Batman
This statement comes from people who don’t have any plans at all. Most of the Filipinos don’t know how prepare for the future. Harsh truth isn’t it? A lot of people are enticed with the ever wallet-magnetizing 70% off-the-tag sales promo from the malls. They entrust their future to the fictional character Batman.
When one of the family member gets sick, guess what? A big surprise! They got no emergency funds to use for the hospitalization of their loved ones. No philhealth, no medicards, no insurance whatsoever!
And another guess what? No surprise. They will borrow money with very high interest rates which is nearly impossible for them to pay. Hey! Where’s batman?!?
4. Pakikisama and Libre
Birthdays, Fiestas, Christening, and all these kinds of events are making a lot Filipinos go broke! You’ve heard these lines before.. “Painom ka naman!” (You’ll shoulder the drinks), “Oh Ikaw taya ngayon!” (You’ll shoulder the expenses), “Sayo ang inumin, sayo ang pulutan” (A birthday song). (wag kang ngang ano LOL)
Since it has been the tradition for many Filipinos to serve food for events through borrowed money, most of us find it hard to refuse these kind of situations as this has become our predisposition. Para makisama.
5. Hiya Factor
This is one of the saddest part of our culture, I should say. When we were young, we tend to keep silent rather than ask regarding things we don’t know. Why? because those who ask questions, those who shows innocence, will most likely be ridiculed. As a result, we tend to play safe, keep it in ourselves, and miss the chance to learn and grow.
We should realize that it’s okay to look stupid at first then be smart for the rest of our lives than to look smart and all-knowing but know nothing really at all.
If you need advice, you can always look for the right people. Use the technology! There are bunch of people out there who are willing help especially to those who are willing to learn.
Whether it be about finance, academics, business, etc., learn how to ask questions!
Ang taong mapagtanong, daig ang marunong.
At ang talagang marunong, marunong din magtanong.
Don’t be one of the social climbers! Don’t be an attention whore. Get yourself away from these kind of people or you might acquire their poor characters. Don’t get yourself envy about other people’s new gadgets. These things will only force you have bad Filipino spending habits.
Asses what you need. Live below your means.
Huwag tiis ganda! Maganda ka nga, gutom ka naman. Konting utak, Bes.
7. Investing in get rich quick scams
This is not surprising. From the lazy lifestyle and impatient attitude people have these days, it’s not surprising that many Filipinos will fall for these get rich quick scams that are popping out like mushrooms in Philippines.
There are a lot of online opportunities nowadays where you can legitimately earn money fast. But still, you need to learn the craft and that takes time. Don’t just invest and wait and do the “bahala na si batman” thing.
Most of the Filipinos who join legitimate network marketing businesses here in our country don’t succeed in this kind of business. Again, it is because of the wrong mind setting. Most of the people fall for the trap of opportunity these network marketing companies use in their strategies, “Earn big while waiting”.
There’s no such thing as that..
All businesses struggled at first before they have the passive type of income they are enjoying right now. Top business people know these things. Though most of them are now rich but they do still work to maintain and expand more their businesses.
If you have any of these, you better assess yourself and quit these bad habits. If you have stories to share, let’s talk it down the comment area.
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