THE STRUG­GLE IS REAL

Moms re­call the mo­ments when their emo­tions drove their spend­ing habits

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Your Money -

“While on ma­ter­nity leave, I ex­pe­ri­enced in­cred­i­ble mood swings. Want­ing some nor­malcy back in my life, I turned to on­line shop­ping. I ended up spend­ing al­most P15,000 on makeup! When I got my or­ders, I found out I couldn’t wear any of the shades I bought, be­cause they didn’t match my skin tone. The one item I could use was an ex­pen­sive eye­brow pen­cil, which only lasted a month. Ouch!” —Ste­phie Reyes, 27

“In 2011, I was a new­ly­wed and first-time ex­pec­tant mother who had just moved to the U.S. I had no fam­ily or friends nearby, and no job to keep me oc­cu­pied, so I felt lonely. I would just shop for clothes on­line—clothes which I would later find ly­ing around the house with their price tags still on. I re­al­ized that I bought those items be­cause I liked the thrill of wait­ing for my or­ders in the mail. It gave me some­thing to look for­ward to at a time when I wasn’t feel­ing my best.” —An­gela Smith, 33

“Hav­ing raised four girls alone, I was al­ways cash-strapped. One morn­ing over 15 years ago, I went to a sari-sari store to ask if they could loan me one sa­chet of sham­poo for my three girls to share. Now that I can af­ford it, I get a feel­ing of tri­umph when I re­call that in­ci­dent. I buy huge sham­poo bot­tles when I go to the su­per­mar­ket, and ev­ery time I look at them, it’s like an as­sur­ance that I will never go back to feel­ing that kawawa.” —Thadi Ma­ga­dia, 45

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