Inflation Blues? Pinoys Reveal What They’re Giving Up to Stay Afloat
Oct 9, 2023   •   Edgardo Toledo
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Oct 9, 2023   •   Edgardo Toledo
Last time, we talked about the ‘overpriced‘ things Pinoys still splurge on, which says a lot about how merely living as a human being is expensive. Conversely, there’s another side of the discussion that shines a spotlight on products we love to save our pesos for, so our wallets live to see another day. Here are the things Pinoys bid adieu to as they navigate the ever-rising tides of prices.
If money wasn’t an issue, you bet people would probably exchange gifts more often than they could, whether or not there’s an occasion. But how can you be a real-life Santa Claus when inflation rears its ugly head? Even with the purest intentions, the dilemma of lavishing your loved ones with gifts without sucking your bank account dry is a skill we’re still perfecting.
Clothes are part of our basic needs, so it’s not surprising if countless Pinoys reevaluate their chic “deserve ko ‘to” finds to stretch their pesos. Although thrifting is a good alternative, be careful of overpriced ukay-ukay OOTDs because they can make your wallet do a double-take too!
Once upon a time, indulging in a smoke or a drink wasn’t a big deal for many. However, a few price increases and inflation jumps later, everything has changed. Now, you can’t buy vape or liquor without side-eyeing your budget for other everyday stuff.
Iced coffee is a rewarding badge of honor for every overworked adult on the brink of a meltdown. However, shelling out somewhere between PHP200 to PHP300 for iced coffee feels like diving headfirst into financial ruin — especially if there are cheaper options that give the same caffeine rush. We’re not here to judge, but if you can make your iced coffee, now’s the time to boast of your skills. After all, we’re just trying to make it through the next payday.
Before PHP1,000 turned into a PHP100 in disguise due to uncertain economic shifts, there was a time when most Pinoy households dazzled the streets with their blinding Christmas lights and decorations. Christmas will always be every Pinoy’s favorite holiday. These days, though, it’s hard for us to feel the holiday spirit the same way because even life’s simple joys, like Christmas lights, are so pricey.
With all the online-based services available, convenience is only a tap away. Got some late-night cravings? You can have them delivered to your doorstep. Need a ride? Count on ride-hailing apps to reach your destination. But despite its benefits, Pinoys can’t ignore the elephant in the room – the sky-high service fees that send us into a state of shock.
Let’s face it. As much as we all want to be healthy, it’s almost impossible when those crazy vegetable prices are staring into your soul. Sure, you can grow your vegetable garden, but that would take time. In fact, your commitment to wellness might have vanished into thin air just as those vegetables begin to sprout. At this point, it feels like eating a vegetable salad is a privilege.
After being stuck at home for who knows how long because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Pinoys indulge in revenge travels to satisfy their FOMOs. But aside from the exasperating travel requirements, aka passing the Philippine immigration interrogation, you have a ton more to consider, like gas prices, potential vacation crashers, flights and accommodations fees, buying everyone’s pasalubong, you name it! And let’s not forget random budol purchases just because the internet told you it’s cool.
How about you? Have you given up anything to stay financially afloat? Share it with us in the comments!
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