Tiny Living: Discussing Needs and Wants with my Kids

We’ve been watching Tiny House Nation episodes on YouTube a lot nowadays.  A few weeks ago, Jay and I agreed to move our family of five to a tiny apartment near where we live now and we’ve been watching Tiny House Nation for ideas on custom-made furniture and how to maximize space without sacrificing comfort and a bit of style. Anyway, the kids are on board the plan and they’ve been watching the show with us which I thought was a great way to prepare them for tiny living. We’ve lived in this house for more than two years and […]

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Money Matters: Teaching Kids to Manage their Money

Okay, let me just be honest about it. At 40 and at the rate we’re going with our income, the figures on how much we can leave our children through insurance policies that we’ve been presented by financial advisers didn’t seem very much. Just enough for them to start on. But that’s okay, that’s still good. One of the lessons in the Bible that I’ve kept in my heart for a long time is the one about the prophet Elijah and the woman with the jar of oil (2 Kings 4: 1-7). Believe you me, this story had never failed […]

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Money Matters: Choosing Insurance Policies at 40

We have most often welcomed financial advisers wanting to present insurance policies to us in our home to hear what they have to say. Through the years we’ve been visited by financial advisers from PRULife UK, Manulife, and quite a handful of them from Sun Life Financial haha! And I thank them for it. As we keep listening and asking our questions, it becomes clearer and clearer to us what we can do to secure our children’s financial future and save up for our retirement. I’ve said it once before, we started out with our financial journey a little late. But all’s good […]

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Money Matters: Should we buy a house now?

I’m sure you’ve heard of people saying that it’s more practical to buy a house with the money you’re paying for monthly rent. We get that a lot. And honestly, it can get really tempting. Seriously, who doesn’t want to own a house? There are so many limitations when you’re just renting. You can’t apply changes without the approval of the landlord. You can’t repaint any time you want. Plus you need to pay for repairs when something gets broken on your watch. Not the major stuff, of course, but for example, it’s only right that we change the bathroom […]

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Money Matters: What on earth is BLISS for a #LiveFREEPH?

You’ve probably come across blogs on BLISS for a #LiveFREEPH and dismissed it as just another promo or package that Sun Life Financial came up with. Some of you may have seen the image that’s half bleak and half sunny, but didn’t really understand what it was about. So let me tell you straight out: BLISS for a #LiveFREEPH is an app on Facebook. And no, there’s no need to download it. You participate in it right off your Facebook. What’s it about? Well, basically it’s a survey on the current situation of Filipinos, whether their needs are being met […]

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