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When To Save Vs. Splurge Your Allowance, Based On Where You Typically Go

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When we’ve got moolah in our pockets, it gets very tempting to just spend on almost anything and everything we set our eyes on. While your money is your own concern and how you spend it is a God-given right you get to exercise autonomously, it wouldn’t hurt to reflect on your spending habits and observe more financial responsibility. Here’s a little guide to help you assess if you’re in the clear to splurge on something or if you’re better off saving it for a rainy day.

At your favorite clothing store

Splurge: The basics. Basic is cool, at least when it comes to clothes! You can re-wear them and style them in so many ways, which is super helpful when it comes to planning your college OOTWs.

Save: Statement pieces you’ll only get to wear once. Sure, it’s pretty and has a 70 percent chance it’ll look good on the ‘gram, but with it comes a measly one percent chance you’ll wear it again, and TBH, it’s just not worth it.

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At the beauty section of the department store

Splurge: Your holy grail skincare products and your base makeup. The more you invest in skincare, the less you’ll need to spend on other products (unless you put makeup on as a hobby and a form of creative expression). If you must splurge on a makeup product, it’s best to invest in a good set of base makeup, aka your foundation and concealer. 

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Save: Another nude lipstick. We only really need one go-to nude lipstick at a time. Don’t be tempted to buy a new tube that’s just a shade lighter or darker if you don’t absolutely need to! 

At a restaurant

Splurge: Your go-to comfort food after hell week. Every once in a while, you deserve to treat yo’ self to your favorite meal!

Save: Soft drinks. Sodas and soft drinks are almost twice their regular prices when you buy them in a restaurant, so it’s best to wait until after your meal to drop by a sari-sari store if you’re in need of a soda fix.

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On a local or international trip

Splurge: Local food! Your trip won’t be complete if you didn’t get a taste of your destination’s local delicacies. Skip the fast food (which are readily available back home) and go for the authentic local dishes.

Save: Expensive hotels, especially if you’ll be out for almost your entire stay to explore and do touristy things with your family or friends. There are cheap but safe options for hotel accommodations on the market, you just have to be diligent about looking them up!

On an inuman with friends

Splurge: A chill house party with homemade cocktails. You can buy a few bottles of your favorite alcohol, your go-to juice drinks, and a couple bottles of soft drinks to concoct your own cocktails for under a thousand bucks and your chillnuman will still be lit.

Save: Shots for everyone when you go clubbing. If you must head out with your barkada, steer away from the temptation of ordering shots for everyone! Alcoholic drinks in clubs are generally more expensive than the store price, and TBH, you don’t need to buy your friends shots to have a good time with them anyway.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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