Personal Development, Finance, and Investing For Filipinos
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Financial Education is your best investment.
Saving should be done consistently, and it is a priority, as early as possible, even in small amounts.
The question is, why most Filipinos have the urge to work abroad? I admit that even I was craving for it before, but God has the reason and a better plan for why I am still working here in the Philippines. Every overseas Filipino worker has a reason for leaving our beloved country.
But one thing is for sure these workers have chosen to leave their loved ones behind in pursuit of better opportunities abroad for the sake of their families.
They hope that after years of toiling in a foreign land, they’ll be able to come home and enjoy the fruits of their hard-earned labor. Some OFW successfully returned—with savings, businesses, and investments sufficient enough, for them to decide to go back here in the Philippines. Some are not as successful, while others still end up penniless, and the worst thing, drowned in debt.
Why is saving for the future important, especially to OFW? Saving for the future allows us to enjoy a comfortable retirement by enabling us to cover daily expenses, fund what we love to do, and prepare us for emergencies. The future, however, is getting more expensive as family dynamics are changing, people live longer, and an active lifestyle is adopted.
So, how can an OFW effectively save their own hard-earned money? Here are some practical tips:
Talk To Your Family
Explain the importance of money. Remind them in a good way, "Hindi lang basta-basta pinupulot ang pera, pinagpu-puyatan at pinagpapaguran."
Pay Yourself First
It is important that regardless of your expenses and needs, you should also pay yourself at least a minimum 10% of your take-home pay. If you have an income of PhP 100,000 per month, you should have at least PhP 10,000 savings monthly. Don't wait for the time that you have to ask yourself where is it now?
Set Financial Goals
You set your goal in accordance to your lifestyle. Take note that no one can set these goals for you.
Save And Invest
Your money is like a tree. If you save and invest, it will grow and have an extra income. But just like a tree, if you don't care about it, it will eventually wither and vanish. You can put your savings into an investment or emergency fund.
Tip: Take advantage if you get take-home pay higher.
Be Responsible Decision Maker
Educating yourself about financial management is one of the most effective steps to get wealthy. But still your money will always be your sole responsibility. You need to learn how to manage your finances accordingly.
Don't Spend Beyond Your Earnings
Expenses start to bloat if you spend more than what you have. Learn to plan your budget and live with it. Don't aim for a bigger income just to spend more, you aim for wealth to prepare for your future and goal.
Differentiate Your Wants And Needs
This is a state where self-discipline is tested. Differentiate your want and what you need relies on how you perceive things. Impulse spending should be avoided.
Maintain Steady Lifestyle
Spending does not have to grow at the same rate as income. Growth in income, bonuses, and other windfalls can increase savings and investment accounts.
Keeping expenditures relatively constant over time is a key method in achieving a secure financial future.
Obtain Knowledge And Advice
Being financially fit means understanding and utilizing the main principles and best practices in saving and investing.
When needed, get help from a Registered Financial Planner that can help you build a savings and investment plan to meet your financial needs.
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ABOUT THE BLOGGER
Hi, I'm Ralph Gregore Masalihit!
An RFP Graduate (Registered Financial Planner Institute - Philippines).
A Personal Finance Advocate. An I.T. by Profession. An Investor. Business Minded. An Introvert. A Photography Enthusiast. A Travel and Personal Finance Blogger (Lakbay Diwa and Kuripot Pinoy).
Currently, I'm working my way toward time and financial freedom.