Frugal Honey

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Online Shopping Hits and Misses

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Online shopping is my poison of choice. I love the convenience of buying and paying for goods with a few clicks. I can usually control my spending when it comes to brick and mortar shops since just the idea of going to the mall tires me out. But not so much with online shops.

Here are a few of my favorite online shops and one nightmare of a shop that I’d like to warn everybody about.

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Cookie Jar Funds

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So a funny thing happened last Tuesday. My husband has been having persistent back pains these past two weeks, so I planned to take a leave from work on Wednesday to bring him to the doctor for a much-delayed check-up. However, around Tuesday afternoon, my husband called to say that the pain level had risen from an annoying 2 out of 10 to a 10 out of 10 (a.k.a. I’m having a baby without anesthesia type of pain).

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Landbank iAccess

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I finally submitted all my employment requirements two weeks ago and was told early last week that I can already open a Land Bank payroll account. This means that I should receive my initial pay in about a month. Hooray!

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a Land Bank payroll account though, but this is the first time I’ve enrolled in its iAccess online facility.

My first impression of iAccess is that it looks very dated. It had a very 70-ish vibe going on but I don’t think it was being cheeky or intentionally trying to be retro. But what it lacked in trendiness or wow factor design-wise, it made up for with its many useful and practical features.

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Rethinking My Education Bias

My son celebrated his third birthday today, and when I think about how much it will cost to send him to a good high school and college, I kind of die a little inside when I look at the figures. Heck, I don’t even have to look that far ahead into the future because just a quick survey reveals that the private schools near us have tuition fees ranging from Php80,000 to Php150,000 per year for pre-school, elementary and high school. Double ulp.

However, I’ve been representing my boss in various state universities and colleges (SUCs) board of regents meetings this past year and doing so has opened my mind to the fact that we actually have a lot of good PUBLIC schools in the country. Prior to joining the Senate, I was under the impression that there were only a handful of schools that mattered, namely: UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST, FEU and San Beda. All the other schools were mere blips and produced unremarkable graduates who could not be counted to contribute anything substantial to our society. Yeah, I was a full-blown, ignorant snob.

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Forward and Onward

I’ve been working on a post for the past few days, but it seems silly to talk about education and tuition fees when the whole country is abuzz with election fever. I have consciously avoided making any political statements because I didn’t want to play partisan politics, specially since my position makes it super easy to do so. But the votes have been cast and there’s no choice now but to wait for the official results.

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