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4 Questions to Help You Save Money

Save or splurge? Ask yourself these important questions first before making any purchases

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

We love to buy something new for the home from time-to-time—especially if it's payday! However, before you visit your favorite furniture store to purchase a new dining chair or a side table, you need to ask yourself first if you can maximize the piece. Are you replacing an old, broken item? Can your space accommodate it?

Of course, even if you've just received a huge paycheck, you need to prioritize and allocate your hard-earned money wisely. Let these four crucial questions help you make smart purchases and avoid impulse buying:

Styling by Dagny Madamba. Assisted by Tala Singson.

Do I really need to buy this?

If you’re buying a new item, always consider its function and location. Doing this will help you assess if you really need it at home. You don't want to buy something that's pricey but will only end up in a corner to gather dirt and dust. 

Is there an all-natural option?

Consider using all-natural cleaners and scents to save on costs. For example, you can use vinegar or baking soda to clean and disinfect kitchen counters and tables. To keep the home smelling clean and fresh, you can use basil and citronella. 

How often will I use this?

Always be practical when buying a new item and think of how often you will be using it. For example, if you buy a new lamp—will you be able to maximize it or will it end up as tabletop decor? It’s best to purchase items that are important like a new mattress—especially if the one you have now is causing back pain or new curtains and soft furnishings.

Is there a cheaper alternative?

Just because you saw a stylish wall piece in one store doesn't mean that it’s “the one." Make it a habit to visit different stores so you can take note of price points. Take note of the quality as well. After visiting different stores, compare the items on your list and see which one offers the best deal.

Styling by Tala Singson, Photographed by Paolo Feliciano. Shot on location at Home Matters.

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