Frugal Living

Native Handmade Love for Buntal Bags

Monday, October 5

Hi momsies!

I recently got myself a new bag from my cousin who works for my other cousin. They were selling this really strong and sturdy colorful  handmade bags from Bulacan.

I wanna show you some of their items.

These bags are specially handmade just for you. The designs are originally handcrafted which makes this bags a grab for.

So what are Buntal bags you say?
From definition, 'Buntal' means - 1. (Plants) straw obtained from leaves of the talipot palm. buntal - fine white Philippine fiber from stalks of unopened leaves of talipot palms;used in making hats

Buntal Bags are a combination of unrivalled style and stand out elegance hand-woven to perfection. Every bag is delicately made not by machines but careful native hands that spare no eye for flaws and blemishes. The buntal fibers alone as the main material proves the durability of the product, making it last for years and years of use. Unlike those brands that we frequently see in stores sporting a grand line of uniform styles, these unique bags differ in shape, sizes, and bearing because of the fact that they are hand-woven. So, more often than not, you can expect that no bag is similar to the other. Moreover, these bags are also available for custom-made orders so a client can always expect to receive the product according to her specifications. This is perfect for those who would like to own bags different from the rest, and stand out with its unique fashion sense.

Buntal bags can be made or assembled with other fabrics like abaca fiber, pandan, sabutan and materials such as leather, reptile skin, animal fur, gems, or metals. However, to maintain its natural beauty, buntal fiber remains to be the dominant façade of the product, distinguishing it from the rest.
 source: Buntal bags

Here's my buntal bag =) It costs around 700 pesos. you can email them for orders at

Here are some of their cute items..

Buntal Ethnic Enterprises
Address: Purok 1 Malipampang, San Ildefonso, Bulacan
Contact: Teddy L. Bequizo
Tel. No.: +63(44) 677-2278

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post, I featured this product with my own free will. =) Let's patronize Filipino made products!

5 Frugal Tips for the Working Mommies

Wednesday, May 21

As a working mom, the best way to maximize our earnings is being frugal.
After all, we have to leave our beloved little darlings at home every day to earn a decent income and be able to sustain it for their needs.
We must be able to manage our money wisely and make the most of our hard-earned moolah, right?
It only takes discipline and a strong willing determination combined with the tough love we have for our little munchies that we have been striving these all for.

There are tips and mantras that we all can live by and make them a habit. Hurray to a more Frugal Lifestyle. More Happiness and a lesser stressed face. =)

1. Eliminate impulsive buying on your credit cards.

I am a victim, as of the moment, I still have a balance on my current ccard.
But I am getting there, One tip. Do not use your credit card to pay online for useless purchases. Think Needs! not wants. Never use it when it is not really needed. Never bring one with you during malling.
Use it only for emergencies. Remember: EMERGENCIES.

So good luck to me =)

2. Bringing LUNCH BAON to work.

I have been sticking to this just recently. I am buying my food at the affordable carenderia outside our place.
The viand is just around 10 to 20 pesos. Will really save me money if I buy at the workplace cafeteria, since the viand costs about 20 to 40 pesos. I also get to eat really healthy home made food. spell nomnom.

3. Going UKAY UKAY Shopping.

Thrift shopping is way cooler and can save you a lot of money. Plus these stores offers a lot of fashion finds from dresses, vintage shoes, bag and others. Read about some of my Ukay Haul Adventure around Cebu here.

4. Have your grocery list ready.

Always  shop with that list. And learn to discipline your self when making purchases.
This way you can gain more from your money and buy only those things needed. My take on these is not easy but I am slowly also using this tool and it has helped me control my spending and my budget. I use my smartphone to have that list as well, so it becomes really handy.

5. Refrain from being online or using FACEBOOK

If you're a person who is easily persuaded by what the eyes sees, then better put down your facebook and get down to your household chores. Facebook is very deceptive. It deceives you of what reality is and what true happiness really is. It is not about the places, the great clothes, the fabulous life that your fb friends are having on your feed, it is about connection. If it's not getting the best for you, then get over it. and Smile! =)
I did this and soon became happier and not bothered about the material things my fb friends are posting on their walls/ timeline. =)

Good Luck momsies!
Let me know your tips as well. =)

Ukay Haul: October 2013

Monday, November 4

Hi Momsies!

I have had the chance to go back once again to shop this time at the Thrift shops. It's high time I get to buy really cheap but still quality items  =)
I believe this is great! Don't you think? I can get to save lots of moolahs form thriftstores, plus it's always good to see unique items/pieces at such very low prices.. *wink*

 What I got: a bag for the go to mom.

A closer look. I bought this for PHP450. =)  I need this one since the bag that I used is not durable for rainy seasons. So, i am okay with this na. The brand reads "esly" short for Especially loving you. =) I am not yet sure but I am not familiar with this brand.

Shoes for only PHP180. I bet this is already a steal, since I only got to spend a lil amount for this. This would cost me about 500 pesos in department stores! It is still at it's atmost appearance and the shoes are to die for. Nice talaga siya! It's perfect to wear for parties or other events like this upcoming Christmas Parties dont you think. *wink*

I also bought 3 tops for only PHP100. =)

Total purchased: PHP730.00. I saved a lot for this amount already! =)

Have you tried shopping at thrift stores too? Post your recent purchases momsies!

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