Budget Series #1: Sweets

Eversince our decision to live on a single-income budget, I’ve tried to find ways to follow the budget and stick to it. For someone who freaks out at anything that has to do with numbers, it can be more than a bit scary. I never did budget. Sure, I handled the money, did the grocery, bought whatever is necessary or wanted, but I never made an effort to filter the needs from the wants. The needs and wants are all mixed up together in a hazy kind of gray and I mutter to myself, “this is not good at all.”When I face the numbers and do the math, all I could do is cry “help”!

And so, here’s my first attempt to blog on something that’s on everybody’s mind these days: “Budgeting.” Hopefully, I’ll discover myself as I go along and give myself a pat on the back as I learn to scrimp and save, scrimp and save. Wow, that could be my mantra = ) Hopefully, too,  I could help others who are in the same predicament as me.

The first of the budget series would focus on sweets. Why? Because I love them and they definitely take up a lot of the budget pie. I even eat sweets for breakfast and, yes, I have this penchant for eating my desserts first. If I had my choice I’d give 50% of my grocery budget to sweets alone. But then that wouldn’t be a wise move for a mom, would it?

Aside from Selecta’s weekend ice cream pack that only costs around 135 pesos, I’ve also unearthed a treasure from Goya. A box of Goya’s dark mint chocolates costs only 26 pesos. My daughter Zoe loves it even more than those imported mint choco brands (Hershey’s I think). The perfect after-dinner sweet. There’s also choc-nut, perhaps the ultimate tsokolate ng bayan. Who doesn’t love choc-nut?!

A few weeks ago, I also came across this dessert place at Alabang Town Center. It’s actually just a kiosk in their 2nd floor Food Choices area named Supreme Brazo Bars. Because I so love Brazo de Mercedes, I had to try it. What’s good about them is they don’t sell brazos by rolls or half-rolls. They sell them by bars, which means, they are light on the pocket. One bar of the classic brazo costs 35 pesos only, enought to satisfy your sweet-tooth craving. The brazo tastes sooo good, I wouldn’t mind spending 35 bucks everytime I am at ATC.

So far, that’s it. If you know of any other cheap sweet treats, let me know, too. Right now I’m craving for fudgy brownies. I might attempt to make them from scratch but a childhood memory of me baking hard-as-rock brownies seems to prevent me from doing so.

August 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , . General. 2 comments.

Ang Tipo Kong Lalaki



Happy Wednesday to all! = )

August 26, 2009. General. 6 comments.

I’d rather be blogging

How ironic that I get the urge to blog when I am not supposed to. I have files to edit this weekend, and my days are spent in front of the PC. I am amazed at how dependent I’ve become on our good ol’ PC, panicking when it played hard to get by giving us the blank screen. We had to rush it to the ER, este, computer shop, for diagnosis and repair.

This post might as well be my way of procrastinating, something I think I’ve mastered, and believe me when I say it’s not a trait I’m exactly proud of.

I’m lucky that I get to receive work from my old job on a freelance basis. Work equals money so I’m welcoming it with open arms.

Speaking of money, I know everyone’s trying to be frugal these days. Our family has also made some adjustments especially now that we are living on single income. We’ve lessened our trips to the mall, which can be oh so tempting. If ever we go to the mall, we control our spending and look for promos on where to eat. The food court is always at the top of the list if you’re hungry but you want to shell out just a few bucks. If you don’t mind the crowd or eating without the ambiance, this will do. You’d be surprised at the yummy meals here. In MOA, I love Hecky’s lechon. Yes, you can order tasty, “healthy” lechon good for one! There’s also Kimchi, if you love Korean food. Their beef stew is a longtime fave of mine, never mind the sebo afterfeel, hehe.

Recently, we got to try Joey Pepperoni. Their pizzas are at 50% off. Quite a steal, really. I’m just not sure if the pizza promo is still on as I read in the papers that they now have an all-you-can-eat pasta for Php150.

All this talk about food tells me I have got to stop and get back to work. If you know of any good food finds, those easy on the pocket but yummy and heavy on the tummy, let me know!

August 14, 2009. General. 2 comments.