Archives for February 2014

Shopping Tips to Save some Money

Being frugal while shopping is not new to many shoppers out there who wanted to save money even while they are shopping. Why not? Every shopper wants to get good deals and discount even it’s only 5 or 10% from the real amount of the item that they are purchasing. Those little saving if add up will be a good addition for other expenses.

Here are some shopping tips that I have learned while shopping.

Make a List
If you are really on a tight budget, make a list and stick to it especially if you are going to the grocery. Items not on your list will mean added expenses that you might not need in the first place. Shopping for Christmas presents while you have a list will make you shop faster as well.

Cash Payment
As much as possible, pay cash before you’ll have the tendency to buy or add an item in your cart when you know you’re paying with your card, so to avoid that keep your card away.

Outlet Shopping
It’s always fun to shop at the outlet stores for you can get real good bargains. So be sure to check your local outlets stores if you have one in your area.

Coupon
There’s no doubt that shopping online or at your fave physical stores using coupons codes or cards will give you good discounts so be sure to look for these coupons before heading to the store.

Check the Items
Even if you are looking for bargain items, always check the items thoroughly for damages to avoid returns. Some stores sell products with damages at very low rate so be sure if you want those items. Items like appliance or gadgets and even musical instruments of accessories like exceptional behringer b212xl speakers and such need to be thoroughly check. Always ask for warranty cards all the time.

Bags and Wallets Sale from Mango

After Christmas, my family and I went to visit my sister who is staying at Manila Peninsula in Makati at that time for a short vacation before they go back to Sydney. The weather was nice so we just decided to walk from the hotel to Glorietta malls and it took us about 20 or so mins to get there.

It’s seldom that I go to Glorietta for its way too far from our place in the East part of the country. A lot of malls are already nearby so going to Makati, Glorietta malls in particular will mean an added effort in terms of commuting and time.

Anyway, my nieces and I entered at different stores while my mom and SIL just sat down in one place to wait for us to finish our shopping. My niece bought some of her stuff while I’m looking for a bag and wallet.

We saw the sale sign at MANGO in Glorietta 4 and immediately our feet lead us inside. Clothes, shoes, and accessories are on sale so we scour the racks for possible finds. The Esprit hand bag that I am carrying that day is in bad shape already so I thought I’d replace it with a more affordable bag.

Saw a black handbag with some studs on the front at Mango and saw it was on sale too. It was originally priced at Php 2,950.00 but it was slashed to P1,450.00 that day so I bought it. When I was on the way to the cashier, I saw some wallets that can be paired with the black bag that I wanted. Original price is P1,500.00 and on sale for P875.00 so I grabbed it too.


I have quite a lot of bags and wallets already but can’t resist buying it (have a low self-control that day ..lol).. My niece found a nice vintage shirt for herself and since I was generous that day, I paid it for her too and she’s happy about it. I guess, I have to put myself on a bag shopping freeze again this year but knowing myself, I don’t think I can do that.

A Quick Guide To Collecting Toys

Toy collecting can become somewhat of an addictive hobby and with the right collection it is a hobby with the potential to be a lucrative one too!

This market has taken off in such a way in recent years that a number of serious collectors have been able to put together collections of a significant value as a future investment.

This hobby suits anyone with a real passion for toys, (age is no restriction!) or anyone who loves antiques. Toy collecting can be great fun for nostalgic adults and can be an incredibly appealing and rewarding hobby for youngsters of all ages too! Some people collect for their own satisfaction and enjoyment whilst others focus on collecting for profit.

WHAT TO COLLECT?
Choose a category of toy that appeals to you and gives you pleasure, after all toys are meant to be enjoyed, right!?

Collectable toys don’t necessarily have to be old or vintage in order to have value and you will find that toys that are as little as twenty years old can be desirable enough to be worth a bit of money now.

Examples of popular collectable toys include;

  • ACTION FIGURES – Superheroes like Superman, Batman and Spiderman, G.I Joe and Marvel figures, figures from Star Wars, The A Team and Transformers, all have great appeal to collectors and prices have a tendency to peak when new films are released.
  • WOODEN TOYS – Rocking horses, spinning tops, wooden train sets and all the popular old classics have a timeless appeal to a broad audience.
  • VINTAGE TIN TOYS – Japanese tin windups, cars, buses, aircraft and motorcycles, Marx trucks and cars and high quality early German tin toys are popular items to collect.
  • DIE CAST – Model trucks and cars are another popular classic with great staying power in the collectable toy market.
  • DOLLS – Vintage dolls, dolls houses and accessories, good examples of Antique French and English miniatures can command some impressive prices in the right condition!

TIP TOP CONDITION

Generally speaking, the toys that have the most value are:

  • RARE
  • IN MINT CONDITION
  • BOXED
  • POPULAR THEN AND DESIRABLE NOW!

Generally the better the condition the more the toy will be worth. It is always worth hanging onto packaging regardless of its condition as it is desirable to collectors and holds a great deal of useful information too.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR TOY COLLECTION
It is important to keep your toy collection clean to keep it in shape but overzealous cleaning can damage fragile packaging and delicate finishes, so it is important to take care, or you may do more harm than good.

Sunlight, humidity and extreme temperatures can destroy and discolour toys and packaging so take care to consider your storage options for your toy collection carefully.

Although attics are exactly the type of place where collectible toys lay forgotten for decades, this is often not the best place to store valuable items due to the usual fluctuation in temperature and humidity.

THE EXTRA MILE
The internet has opened up the market and made it far easier for collectors to ‘go the extra mile’ to find the toys they are hunting for and access useful information.

Toy collector forums are a great place to interact with fellow collectors and share information and online businesses and auctions enable you to collect toys from anywhere in the world without even touching your passport!

Closer to home, auction houses, toy conventions, car boot sales and junk shops are the ideal hunting ground for that hidden gem.

Redecorating My Bedroom

Time is a commodity and a privilege that I do not have these days. I used to be very free and my time is flexible, but not anymore. And so, when I was on a short weekend break not long ago, I went to visit a friend who had just given birth in her beautiful home.

It’s been awhile since I met this friend and catch up with her. It’s nice to see an old friend who used to be so close to me been keeping well and have such a loving family and a beautiful home. Her newborn is such a darling, but what actually caught my attention that day is not just her adorable baby, but the interior decorations that she used in the baby’s nursery too. The curtains that she used to filter out excessive sunlight in the nursery is not only effective, but beautiful too.
curtainSeeing the relaxing setting make me feel like want to revamp my bedroom too. I could use a much more relaxing interior setting at home since I’m always stressed up with work. I bet it would be therapeutic. Perhaps I should get some Bargain Grommet Curtains and start redecorating my bedroom soon. I’m sure they will bring some calm and peace in my life a little bit if not much. I may not have much time to go around and shop, but there is plenty of online curtain stores around that’s offering very competitive prices for high quality drapes and curtains. All I need to do is just turn on my PC and browse away.

Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie by Happy Skin

Last Christmas, I was thinking of what to give to my 19-year old super kikay niece and I thought why not give her a moisturizing lipstick.  I happen to know HAPPY SKIN Cosmetics because it was featured at my fave morning show, Kris TV and i thought that if Kris will find it nice then it’s really worth to buy.

I went to Plains and Prints store located in Greenhills and there I found their products. I looked at the various shades of their lipstick and opted to get the FIRST KISS.
Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie contains Shea Butter and Collagen  that makes the lipstick hydrated therefore we can say to dry, chappy lips when we use some matt lipsticks.

My niece loved the lipstick and she even brought back  home in Sydney. I’ll try to ask her to take a photo of her using this lipstick.

Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie by Happy Skin

Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie by Happy Skin – FIRST KISS

Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie by Happy Skin

Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie by Happy Skin – FIRST KISS

Check out more products that they are selling: image via http://happyskincosmetics.com/
Available in 6 shades: First Kiss, Girl’s Night Out, Crushing on You, Just Married, Summer fling
Price: Php 499.00

HAPPY SKIN COSMETICS BRANCHES:

Rustan’s Department Store/ Rustan’s The Beauty Store
Makati
Shangri-la Plaza Mall

BEAUTY BAR
Power Plant Mall
Greenbelt 5
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
The Podium
Alabang Town Center
SM Mall of Asia
Eastwood Mall
Robinson’s Magnolia
Trinoma
Ayala Cebu

PLAINS AND PRINTS:
Glorietta 1
SM Mega Mall
Alabang Town Center
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Trinoma
SM San Lazaro
Greenhills Shopping Center
SM North Edsa / SM Mall of Asia / SM Bacolod
Robinson’s Galleria
Chimes Specialty Store Davao