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What Are The Differences Between Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes? (Infographic)

It has been several years since this blog started exposing “scams” and investment scandals here in the Philippines and abroad.

We do our very best to protect our countrymen from falling prey to these scammers and fraudsters by providing free information and education through seminars and articles such as this one.

Thankfully, an online colleague (Thanks to Eammon!) decided to produce the below visual asset on the topic. It takes you through how they both work and what the key differences are between the two. Continue reading What Are The Differences Between Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes? (Infographic)

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Why You Don’t Need Awards Or A College Degree To Be Successful In Life

A couple of days ago, I wrote a Facebook status about how many Pinoy parents put a lot of pressure on their kids to pursue awards, honor medals, and a diploma. As of this writing, the post has received over 7,000 Likes and has been shared by more than 3,000 readers. That’s just in less than 2 days. (26,000+ likes and 14,400+ shares on the 3rd day)

It’s a very long article but many say that they have read every word that was written. Probably because it was something that they can relate to.

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It’s about a culture of being entitled and not being left behind by peers and the community. A culture that has caused many Filipino families a lot of unpaid debts, selling of most precious treasures and assets, and anxieties both among parents and children. Continue reading Why You Don’t Need Awards Or A College Degree To Be Successful In Life

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Pera’t Sining: Of Artistic Passions And Personal Finances

Two things in this world hardly ever get discussed on the same conversation:  artistic passions and personal finances.  Why?  Both lie on the extreme sides of the mind: the creative and logical.  But truth is, they’re not as unrelated as most people think.

Most of the things in life won’t be possible without money.  We can’t eat without money – unless we scavenge trash bins of restaurants and make “pagpag”.  We can’t spend quality time with our loved ones without money – unless we just stay home, watch TV, or play board games (all of which still need money by the way).  And we can’t indulge in our artistic passions without moolah – unless our idea of art is drawing stuff on other people’s walls. Continue reading Pera’t Sining: Of Artistic Passions And Personal Finances

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How To Make Money When You Literally Have No More Cash In Your Pocket

So you don’t have a job now. Or your business isn’t doing well. Or you simply just failed to manage your finances in the previous month and your bills are starting to pile up. Overdue notices have been slipping under your door while you are sleeping.What are you gonna do now? Should you immediately borrow money from a loan shark?

Here are a few suggestions that you can consider if you are cash-strapped today. Continue reading How To Make Money When You Literally Have No More Cash In Your Pocket

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7 Alternative Heartbreaking Pinoy #Hugot Songs About Losing Love (And Money?)

Many of us speak about love not yet found. Yet many of us gets shattered whenever love is lost.

You lose appetite at work. The emotional pain affects your physical health negatively. You lose money in the process. Especially if you go through that “wrong” kind of relationship.

These songs illuminate the undecided, unsettled grey areas of falling in love. The effort to find someone only to lose that person. The persona that makes you feel right yet wrong. The person that you makes you feel happy yet sad. How can someone make you happy yet sad? Continue reading 7 Alternative Heartbreaking Pinoy #Hugot Songs About Losing Love (And Money?)

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Top 10 Money Tips for OFWs on Christmas Vacation

With Christmas less than two weeks away, more and more of our kababayans are coming home to spend the holidays with their families. After living and working abroad with little to no family with them, returning home for the holidays is a much-awaited homecoming for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). From balikbayan boxes filled to the brim and nightly reunions, the Christmas holidays is a grand celebrations for OFWs, and an expensive one. Continue reading Top 10 Money Tips for OFWs on Christmas Vacation

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11 Clever Tips for Christmas Shopping in the Philippines (Infographic)

Christmas in the Philippines is often celebrated at the start of the “ber” months. And since it’s already November, we’re barely just over a month away from the most wonderful time of year. This is the time when we write down the names of our loved ones and plan what presents we should buy for them.

We not only need to prepare our wallets for the biggest spending season but our stamina as well to withstand long shopping queues and the Metro Manila traffic.

This infographic from M2.0 Communications offers 11 Clever Ways to Survive Christmas Shopping in the Philippines. Continue reading 11 Clever Tips for Christmas Shopping in the Philippines (Infographic)

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Why There Is No Need For You To Show Off

A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing with a friend about so many things such as the music we play as a band, how good homeschooling is for kids, politics in the Philippines, educating the youth, and our financial literacy advocacy. The most interesting part of our discussion was about stewardship and frugality, two of the things that I truly believe and share to other people.

My friend told me about his father-in-law who lives in a posh village in the southern part of Metro Manila. His father-in-law owns 30 properties or so around the Philipppines but drives a very simple car. Which means he can buy any of those expensive SUV’s available around the Metro but prefers not to.

He uses an old school cellphone (the one with flashlight and FM radio) instead of smartphones that many people under the classification of “poor and not-so-poor” show off to their friends and frenemies alike.

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My friend agrees with his father-in-law. He said that he would even choose a good second-hand car over a brand new one for practical reasons. And I share the same view and sentiment.

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Do you want to know why it is not good for you to show off especially if you don’t have the cash? Here are some of the reasons my friend and his father-in-law gave.

1. You become a subject of jealousy. Many people will surely get jealous of your high-end smartphone or your extravagant shoes. Yes, it’s your right and hell yah, you’re helping the economy. But tempting your friend to buy or borrow money just to get the same pair of shoes that you have may cause financial distress to him or her or their families. Leave the financial burden to yourself and do not tempt your friends and loved ones.

2. You will be the thief’s apple of the eye. Unlike my friend’s father-in-law who lives in a secured village, your house may be located in a place where you are your own security guard. Your dark street may be the kingdom and paradise for snatchers. Why risk your life for these?

3. You may lose your privacy and become the talk of the town. Many people will talk about you and that expensive thing that you bought. Well, you will say I don’t care what people say. But I tell you, you will. And it will be a big concern for you, your kids or family members in the future.

4. You will not really be happy about it. Other people may be impressed at least for a while. And you will too. Later on you will regret that decision of buying that mundane item because a more important financial matter needs to be settled. And you don’t have the cash anymore.

5. You will not benefit anything from showing off . You will fantasize about it before and after buying it. But soon your fantasy will become a nightmare. You won’t gain anything from such an interaction other than emotions fired up on both you and other people’s side — jealousy and pride. And neither of these two are good qualities for you to show off.

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” – 1 Peter 3:3

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