Last weekend was busy. The hubby and I slept in our Bacoor home on Friday night with my brother Dan and drove to Sta. Rosa, Laguna the next day. We went to Paseo for some shoe shopping (only the two boys) and then to Nuvali to check out the magical field of lights there, the newest Christmas attraction in the area. (If you plan to visit it also, prepare yourself for a long walk and a huge crowd especially if it’s a weekend.) We were back in Manila that same night. On Sunday, the hubby and I were joined by Mame and my sister Jodie at Circuit Makati, Century City Mall, and Buendia Food by the Court to shop, see a movie, and of course, eat. Pagod at pawisan pero masaya at busog na naman ang weekend namin, haha.
I only started saving money more seriously in 2014. It was also around that time when I started investing in the stock market. Back then, I created this MS Excel file that I would update religiously. (I actually use it to this day!) I took advantage of Excel’s autosum feature as a way of adding up the money I got to save every month. I made several tables and filled it with relevant items and figures. I felt happy and accomplished because at the end of each passing year up to December 2016, I saw my savings grew dramatically from how it was prior to 2014.
My monthly income distribution, or how I divide my income to provide for my needs and that of my family, is pretty simple. Take note that this “income” refers only to the salary I receive from my job as a rank-and-file government employee. It doesn’t include the hubby’s as we manage our respective salaries and pay for our marital expenses on a shared basis. He still pays more than I do, like he solely takes care of our house and lot amortization, which is something I appreciate about him.