Thursday, August 24, 2017

5 Car Buying Tips

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

5 Car Buying Tips

If you are planning to get a car, whether brand new or secondhand, careful planning is very much needed. We want to get the most out of our hard-earned money and as much as possible, get a good deal. With the rising trend with the Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) here in the Philippines, many people are encouraged to get a brand new car for business used. So, whether you are planning to get one for business or personal use, these five tips will help you get started.

1. How much is your budget?

The first thing you need to consider before making (any) purchase is of course how much money you have. You need to check your wallet considering the maintenance and insurance fees outside of your basic needs.

2. Cash or loan?

If you opted for a cash, you would want not to over exceed your allotted resources. Usually, you can get discounts on a cash basis. If you want to get a car loan, you need to consider the bank or lending companies you would want to borrow money. Try to compare the terms and interest rates and decide from there.

3. New or used?

With brand new cars, you can get the most updated features in the market brought by technological advancement. On the other hand, secondhand cars are way cheaper than brand new cars. But you need to be careful not to end up buying a lemon and spend more in repairs than the actual cost. It is best to bring a mechanic friend and do some test drive before making a deal.

4. Does it suit you?

Do you have a big family? You need to tailor-fit the car for your needs. We want a car that will be comfortable and can accommodate the size of our family. Choose the best model that suits your personality. Check also the accessories included.

5. Research for Reviews

Find honest reviews of those people who have actual experience of the vehicle, new or used. At, you can get information that you need before buying. I find checking reviews really helpful before considering buying. At least you would know what to expect with what you are getting. Make sure you have enough knowledge on the car you are eyeing on, so you'll not be easily persuaded by sales people. Doing research can also help you know the competitive pricing of different dealers and get the best deal.

So there, I hope you learn something from this. Remember to make a wise choice before buying. All the best!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Homeschool End of Year: Letter to Our Son

As part of Gabi's year end Oral Portfolio Review, we were advised to give him a Character Award and a letter. We decided to give him a Certificate for Never Giving Up even when things got difficult. His Dad, the Principal awarded it to him after his Oral Presentation and read his touching letter to him.

Homeschool End of Year

Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Journey to Charlotte Mason Education

Our Journey to Charlotte Mason Education

I came to know Charlotte Mason Education when a dear friend shared with me this video of Sonya Schaffer about Five Flavors of Homeschooling, way back 2015. We've been homeschooling for about two years then and has been using the traditional method with a few unit studies. I realized, there are other styles or methods of homeschooling that can be used and utilized aside from the one we grew up with. That's the beauty of homeschooling, you can customize education. After watching the video and doing the test, CM Method resonates to me and I say to myself, I want that. It will be a good fit for our family.

#LittleManGael Talks Version 2


Here's another ramblings from my 3yo, second born. In case you missed the first version, you can read it here.