Shopping and More Shopping

I know I only have a certain budget allotted for shopping but I don’t know, I can’t seem to stop buying stuff. It all started with my little shopping trips during weekends last month, followed by a big shopping spree at Landmark with my girls one Saturday and a couple of impulsive shopping every now and then. I need to stop already because I’m running out of cash.

Discipline, that’s what I badly need right now. But I’d like to think my shopping is still under control. That’s because I keep track of my spending. I have an idea of how much I spent and can spend. Plus, many of the stuff I bought are Christmas presents. I am going to make people happy with them, so I guess I shouldn’t feel guilty at all. Haha.

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Crisp Peso Bills

I had some money changed to new and crisp Philippine peso bills (P20’s and P100s) through my SIL who works in a bank. Crisp peso bills are a must during Christmas here in Manila. They are a good alternative to the usual presents given and received during Christmas.

my remaining crisp peso bills at home

I used to collect crisp peso bills as a kid. I actually preferred receiving them over material gifts given to me by my generous godparents. Now that I’m an adult, I still keep some of them and find it hard to spend them because they smell good, feel nice in the hand and look good inside my wallet.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Girls

I was asked by the hubby the other day to get a gift for one of his goddaughters and I said yes instantly. It gave me reason to shop, after all. Haha. Whenever I buy gifts for girls, my top choice is always dresses. I love seeing girls wearing dresses. Beautiful dresses make girls look feminine and fragile which are what they should look like at such a young age.

I usually buy dresses for girls at the department store section of the mall. There’s a lot of brands to choose from in the place. The more choices you have, the better. But of course another factor to consider is your budget. Now if you could find a dress that’s beautiful and priced reasonably at the same time, you’re lucky.

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On Opening Christmas Gifts

Giving and exchanging gifts during the Christmas season is a tradition in the Philippines and probably in other countries in the world where Christmas is celebrated. Are you the kind of person who waits for Christmas to arrive before opening your presents or the type who opens them as soon as you have received them? I belong to the latter.

I open my Christmas gifts as soon as it has been handed over to me. I dunno know with you but I get too excited like that. I guess it’s the warm, fuzzy feeling I get upon knowing that someone has remembered me or thought about me. May the gift is as plain as a face towel or as cool as the best arch support inserts, I appreciate it and look at it as a blessing.

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New Stuff for Christmas

If you’re a Filipino like me, you grew up as a kid getting pamasko or aguinaldo (Christmas presents) from your parents, siblings, relatives, godparents and family friends. It could be in the form of material gifts or just plain cash (which I preferred and still prefer up to this day!).

Now that I’m an adult, I don’t just rely on anyone for new stuff whenever the Christmas season arrives. While I appreciate receiving gifts from family and friends, I also buy myself Christmas presents. It’s like my reward to myself for all the hard work I’ve done this year. The gift could be expensive or not, so long as it’s the one I really want. To give you an example, I almost purchase this yoga pillow at yogadirect had I not suddenly realized I’m not yet into yoga. Haha.

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The Joy of Gift Wrapping

While opening presents gives me a sense of gratitude and fulfillment, I find joy in gift-wrapping and see it as a fun-filled activity. It all starts with buying the gift items. Then you choose the perfect wrappers and ribbons for them. Just the thought of gift-wrapping is enough to excite me and give me a sense of joy.

This Christmas, I prefer doing all the gift-wrapping again. I only have a few gifts to wrap but I’ll make sure they’d be beautifully-made. I’m kinda meticulous when it comes to these things. Hopefully, I find enough time to do it before I run out of gift and gift-wrapping ideas. Haha.

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