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How To Maximize Subscription Services If You Live In A Dorm

Aside from electricity and water, here are some essential subscription services you can divide among you and your dormmates.
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Dorming may sound relatively exciting at first, primarily because you get to live away from home and test your independence. It’s not so fun, however, once you think about the adulting aspect of things, aka spending some money to pay for things you’ll be needing in the dorm.

While bringing out the PHPs out of your wallets is inevitable, there are ways to lessen the cost of dorming. For instance, it’s not uncommon for dormmates to split the costs of living together. Aside from electricity and water, here are some essential subscription services you can divide among you and your dormmates:

Spotify Premium Family Promo

If you and your dormmates cannot survive without good music, you’ll be thankful for Spotify’s Premium Family subscription. Instead of paying individually for your premium accounts, you can subscribe to using this promo and split the monthly P194 fee between six people. Users of the accounts under the Premium Family subscription must all live at the same address, so it’s perfect for you and your dorm friends.

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Netflix Premium Subscription

Netflix is life and is an important part of any college student’s experience, it’s just a little too unattainable for someone like you na hindi naman sumusuweldo. But if you check Netflix’s Premium plan, you’ll be paying P550 for up to four screens. So if you split it among four people, you’ll only technically be paying around P137.50 a month for unli streaming. If you ask us, that’s good news for you and your pop culture-loving dormmates (but bad news for your homework, though).

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A Pocket Wi-Fi for the dorm

It’s practically impossible nowadays to survive college without a stable internet connection. Case in point: You’ll be doing research for school, working on group projects online, beating the 11:59 deadline to email your homework to your prof, scrolling through countless memes when you’re on your study break, and streaming your favorite vloggers’ videos when you have the strong urge to procrastinate.

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A pocket Wi-Fi would be a good investment for the dorm. You can split the cost of buying a unit and take turns paying for load. This one from Globe costs P1,295 and can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously. It also comes with a free GoWATCH 399 promo where you get 10 GB worth of video streaming for 30 days. Once you’re done with college, you can resell the unit to future dormers and split the payment amongst yourselves again!

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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