Running Out of Budget While Running Away From COVID?

by Fred John Santos, APRIL 2021

Over a year since the pandemic has started, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still causing us an impact not just on our health but on our different aspects of life, including our finances. 

After the government put us back in a stricter community quarantine classification due to the rising cases of COVID-19, which allows us to safely work from home, let us not repeat mistakes we have done during last year’s lockdown: spending too much on groceries and buying unnecessary things. 

Here are some tips that I can share on how we can run away from COVID without running out of budget:

1. Stop panic buying.

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Yes, we should stock up food. But we should also keep in mind that groceries won’t be shut down during the stricter lockdowns. It will be open every day. You don’t need to buy the stuff you wouldn’t need for a week or a month. We will never run out of goods, as per the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). So, don’t buy items in large quantities as it will cost you more.

2. Stop your Shopee and Lazada addiction.

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Several of my officemates told me that they became a “GOLD MEMBER” in Shopee during this pandemic. Meaning, they have been rewarded for their numbers of purchases to the platform. Well, they can’t be blamed as I, myself, experienced being “budol-ed” by these online shopping apps as they are offering nice deals. The majority of their items were sometimes up to 70% off sale. It is also good for our mental health to buy things that we’ve wanted but come to think of it this way: if you’re buying something you don’t need and didn’t want before you saw it, you’re just wasting your money.

3. Try DIY food, desserts, and beverages.

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One of the saddest parts of this lockdown is that WE CAN’T DINE-IN. Restaurants and cafes are only permitted to operate for take-out and delivery unless they have al-fresco dining. Delivery would cost us more while going physically in-store to order wouldn’t be safe for us. So why not try Do-It-Yourself (DIY) of your favorites? Instead of buying a P200 iced coffee in Starbucks, try to make your homemade version. Practice making your ulam and enroll in FREE cooking class via YouTube thru Panlasang Pinoy, Ninong Ry, and much more. Aside from saving money, another benefit is that you get to improve your skills in the kitchen which you can adopt also after the pandemic, and who knows, maybe in 2022, you wouldn’t crave a Starbucks coffee anymore. 

The Takeaway

In the end, saving money during this pandemic wouldn’t be hard for the majority of us, thanks for the opportunity to safely work at home, free shuttle services, and even meal allowance provided by our company. Many people still suffer because of the COVID-19 situation; don’t let your finances be on the same page.

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About the writer:

Frederick John Santos. A former media practitioner: he is a previous Social Media News Writer in an AM Radio Station. Now with MPT South, he writes to give information and updates of MPTS’ toll roads among its motorists, stakeholders, and media.

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