Wow! prices are that high!!

@jazel_juan (15758)
Philippines
May 10, 2011 12:15am CST
June is near and that is school time again here in our country and now May, is the time for me to prepare for the kids school and buy their necessities.. So last night i was budgeting and i had 3000 pesos on hand for their uniforms and school supplies. It was not enough but that is what i have on hand right now, it was a good thing i was able to buy their bags last month, one was worth 699 pesos, it was a backpack with lunch bag and the one was a sling bag worth 499, it was hot wheels so it was expensive. but i still bought it because it is durable and i know it will last for the whole year. So now with 3000 extra, i went to my son's school, i found this private school which is good and a bit cheaper than the rest, 500 was registration, so i paid for it first and the rest will be paid monthly installment for 1500! ( phew!!) and then the books are still exclusive since it has not arrived yet. So i have only 2500 left and we, me and kids decided to go to purchase school supplies early so we wont be mixing in the crowd. There were so many they needed like notebooks, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, rulers,scissors, water colors, envelopes and whatsoever! i spent nearly 1500!! i was like..wow prices are that high! a notebook now costs 12.00 already! i could remember back time it was only 6.00 pesos! I believe it was a bit pricey because i chose ones with quality so i know it will last them for the whole year. I still have some money left for their shoes and uniform..but i am waiting for this years bonus to add more to it It is hard to really budget - i am still learning the art of it...but i am making progress. but really prices are zooming high!!!!
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@SIMPLYD (89775)
• Philippines
10 May 11
I noticed when we went to Divisoria last month, the schjool supplies there are really cheap. Out of curiosity , though i am not buying because my daughter has already graduated from college, i take a look at their quality. They were also of good quality though. The uniforms and shoes were also cheap. I think you should try it there if you are just in Manila , while it's not enrollment time yet. But really. . .the prices of commodities are all beginning to soar higher!
• Philippines
10 May 11
Jazel lives in Mindanao. you think you can send her some from divisoriashe can pay you back through paypal
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Oh yes i've heard about prices in Divisoria are really cheaper..but the thing is i am far from there! lol and maybe because prices are higher is that they have to ship it from Manila to Zamboanga Letran- yes that is a good suggestion
@SIMPLYD (89775)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Sorry , wrong number !
@jaiho2009 (38990)
• Philippines
10 May 11
hello jazel, I enrolled my kids to a public school where everything is free. From uniforms,school supplies,bags and no tuition fees. Some believed that public school won't make a good students.. Oh,that i can say it all depends on the kid itself. My daughter graduated from a public school that always compete with private schools not just private ones but even with exclusives schools and i am proud to say that,this public school where my kids are being enrolled tops some of those private and exclusive school when it comes to academic competition. Few students from this public school even compete/sent abroad to compete for international Math/Science and other academic subjects. The big factor is...everything is almost free...this school opening they city government is planning to give free shoes. Isn't a big big discount? Now i can save my money for other things
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Wow so lucky jaiho! are you in makati? i've heard makati has great public schools..sad to say, it is not that way here in Zamboanga. :( parents provide the uniforms, school supplies, bags, and shoes even. I hope they will be able to do something about it and even the quality still needs to be upgraded..so parents like me still resort to private school for our children.
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@jaiho2009 (38990)
• Philippines
10 May 11
yah...Makati is one of the best city here in metro,and good thing is other neighboring cities are not adopting the education system of this city same thing with health and hospitalization.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
then good for you, i have been there only twice when i had seminars..
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@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
12 May 11
You have not yet into invulnerability of things getting higher and higher, there is really nothing we can do about it but to keep on absorbing the burden of being a parent. Good if there is a return of investment immediately right after our children finish schooling but there are times that they still have to wait longer to earn for experiences required in looking for a job.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
13 May 11
Yes but i really do not expect them to pay me back when they are grown ups..as long as i see them finish college and be able to get themselves into good jobs then that is fine with me.. and yes there is nothing we can do with the prices soaring high but i believe the government can do something about it and those agencies that can help increase wages of the people.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
13 May 11
hahahaa that would be like 1 to million possibility that those corrupt officials will share what they have..those have become heartless and greedy.
• Philippines
13 May 11
Shhhhhhhhhhh
@sweet_pea (3323)
• Philippines
12 May 11
Indeed it is. I enrolled my pre-school kid at UP and his fees are about Php24,000 inclusive of books and school supplies. It would have been cheaper if I were a UP employee which would only cost Php15,000. Geez, his tuition fee was already my tuition fee for the whole year when I was in college. But the fees are half of what most private schools would charge. Private schools here in the metro charge from Php25,000 to as high as Php100,000 a year. I hope we can save up for his college fund. I just can't imagine how much tuition fee would cost then. I don't even want to think about it.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
12 May 11
wow. that is pretty high. I thought the 30,000 something tuition here is already high! I also cannot imagine how are we to save if prices are that high already
@sweet_pea (3323)
• Philippines
12 May 11
I just hope my son would get some scholarship by then. It would at least ease the financial burden.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
13 May 11
oh i hope he would and pray that he would..i have been praying too that my sons and daughter would also be able to get scholarships in the future it would be a great help
@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
10 May 11
Oh in your place there will start school period? I live in Latvia and in may end we will end school and there would be three months free from school till September. Yes this time is the craziest when parents need to buy this things for school. And every year the prices are increasing. In my place we have lati 1LS is about two dollars so to buy diary we need four dollars and all this pencils, notebooks, circle, rubers, rullers etc. They all cost money not to talking about books they are so expensive. You said about that nice bag for your kid. And I happy that you bought It for your kid. How do you will not bought If the kid wants It right? Parents always want only the best for their kids. I hope you will buy all things for your kids. Good luck!
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
Yes June is the start of school year here and it will end by March, April and May are months for summer vacation. I believe it is different at your place but prices are the same, high! lol. Wow that is why i love mylot! you are from Latvia! and yesterday someone here was from Russia. How cool mylot is!
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@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
oh thanks you.. i am listing it down so i know what i still need to buy, i still have not found shoes yet so thats next on my buying list good for you, how does it feel like to have a grown up son?
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@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
17 May 11
Yeah you have said the main point the high prices is in every place necessary from country. I have left two years to complete my school days. Yes It is nice to meet people from all over the world and Russia is not far from Latvia.
@ddaguno (3107)
• Philippines
10 May 11
i was away for a year and last month i was surprised that for a tini-tiny lotion i already had to pay 50 pesos. I thought our economy was doing well because of the new leadership in the govt but i guess consumer good prices will just keep on going up.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Yes that is what i have been noticing i was reading the business section and it says there that our economy is doing good and inflation rate is lower and that stocks are even good! But why are comodities still soaring high? I just believe that there is tooo much capitalism here in our country, the government should see to it that prices can get lowered if raw materials are cheap..but business owners must have something to do with it..so sad.
@ddaguno (3107)
• Philippines
10 May 11
in our country, the rich keeps getting rich and the poor people are stuck except if you switch to politics.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
so true..so sad that that is the reality. so much capitalism i believe.
@adrei30 (11)
• Philippines
12 May 11
Me and my hubby came up to a quite tough decision concerning with our kids education.Since the kids school last attended will no longer operate.We actually decided to send our kids into a public school since everything are getting higher.We just thought it would be the best time to be more practical and consider many things so we can cope with all the changes and still able to have a descent life,without putting the kids rights and interest at stake. It's not that easy to talk with the kids that they are no longer going to the old school due to its closure,instead they are going to dealt with all anew environment.But its even getting difficult to tell them that we are sending them to a nonexclusive school.Wherein everything is very much different from the previous. Then I started giving them some ideas what its like in their new school,that they are going to have much more classmates,meaning lots of friends too.Maybe a little bit crowded but it would be fun meeting new playmates,isn't it! (as i was trying to convinced them that its really just fine and they will enjoy their new second home.) The next thing is the facilities,there...no air conditioned,and the kids said "wooooooooo mommy" and i told them its okay kiddos,I'm sure there's a proper ventilation for the students comftability....as i assure my kids!(whew!)You see,its really hard! Now the books,we cannot buy our own books for it is just being rendered when the classes starts and retrieved at the end of the school year.Most probably,you wil have to share one book at a time.Thats a one sad fact in all public school.And kids are not so happy to hear about it. And there's still so much to tell and prepare them for their new school and I'm still working on it.As i say..its not that easy.Any parents would want to gave their kids the best in all matters.Likewise,we would not want them to suffer the hard life as it became nowadays.At least,we are still responsible in giving their primary needs.I think thats all that matters to me now.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
12 May 11
That must be tough on your family especially the kids but i guess as children, or kids, they do adapt to environment easily than us adults. Just pray that they will adapt easily and that they make friends right away so they wont feel left out and that they will still have fun amidst the change of environment.
• Philippines
14 May 11
You can say that again Miss Jazel^^.Just got lucky that they try to understand the situation and don't even ask why.Being opened and visible to them has truly help a lot making them apprehend...and the transparency of what is going on inside our little home. :)
@CTHanum (8250)
• Malaysia
11 May 11
Yes that is true. The prices are getting hinger and higher. That is why for anyone who would like to have a family they should plan their financial thoroughly. It is not easy to support the family if we are not in financially good condition.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
12 May 11
yes i believe people are really postponing marriage or if they do get married they make sure they are stable in terms of financial status and delay birth of children.
@CTHanum (8250)
• Malaysia
15 May 11
But lately they just don't care about it. They are many couple nowadays get married in a very young age and then having so many problems and not too long after that they get divorced. Most of them having crisis due to financial problem. With kids and other things to be taken care of owh..they should really need a preparation before this happen.
@taski24 (214)
• Philippines
11 May 11
yes, indeed, prices have gone rocket high. Of course, there's the regular inflation but then sometimes all these things make me feel that we don't deserve this. If only our officials are more active in regulating the economy. I miss the days when the burger meal from Jollibee costs only P27, that is way back 1997. Ah, those were the days.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
oh yes.sad to say things are pretty expensive but our salary are not increasing!
@CTHanum (8250)
• Malaysia
11 May 11
What to do? We only know how to purchase and be the customer only~
@ludyvel04 (311)
• Philippines
11 May 11
I am not surprised about the prices that continues to zoom every season usually if there are special occassions like going back-to-school, all saints day, Chrismas seaons and New Year's Day event. Its the way for business men to profit from their products because they believe people will make way to avail these things even if they luck budget..that is why we are aiming for salary wage increase!
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
oh yes i am for that..hoping we will get salary wage increase!
@CTHanum (8250)
• Malaysia
11 May 11
So we should buy things before special occasions?? That is sounds good~ Aiming salary wage increase~Tired of it as raising price could be in a day but to aim for raising wage is like forever~
• Australia
12 May 11
Hi Jazel, i can totally understand your situation. With increasing demand, the prices are escalating too. Not only in stationeries, prices are up for everything in the market. Regarding books, i try to buy second hand books so that i can save half price on them. Children stuffs are as expensive as adults' these days. Last we went shopping for my niece, we got her a school bag worth $50... I searched whole shopping center but i couldn't find anything cheaper than that!
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
12 May 11
yes prices are so high nowadays, it feels like it does not go lower than that! even children stuff are expensive.
@biiyah13 (64)
• Philippines
11 May 11
That's really how Philippines is now..It was a shocked, day by day the prices of the said things are increasing.. Im living in visayas area, so the supplies which is being brought here from Manila are x2 of its price there..The notebooks her cost 20 pesos up.. I am a College now, and my course dont really need books and notebooks..All i need is a laptop and internet. haha not a good thing. Its not really required to have this laptop but for me to finish all my projects then its really a need to buy it. And not just to pick a notebook but i need a laptop because im after the specifications of it. Sometimes its really nice recalling the days that all i need is a ballpen and notebooks.:)
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
yes prices are indeed high everywhere in our country
• Philippines
10 May 11
although I do not have kids yet, I can relate to your concerns...prices are really that high. I'm just wondering though where are you located.... coz if you're here at the metro it's cheap buying these stuff at 999 mall in Divisoria. I could see that prices there are so cheap compared to national bookstore and other department stores.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
I am from Zamboanga candy and am so far from Divisoria
@cher913 (25867)
• Canada
10 May 11
oh i know the prices are really high. gas just went up 6 whole cents here where i live in canada. we are now paying almost a $1.40 per litre of gas! crazy!!
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
that is the same here..gas prices are that freakin high!
• Philippines
10 May 11
Education is really consuming I am not yet a parent but the idea of all of it is creating a hole in parents pockets.Yes education has become a previleged for the few and not so rightly to a majority.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
11 May 11
Yes education has become very expensive lately! The government should do something to improve public schools.
• Philippines
10 May 11
You said it right. Prices are very high nowadays. Not only in school supplies, but also in foods and commodities! I had my grocery last Saturday. I just bought coffee, sugar, creamer, detergent, shampoo, half kilo of meat, 300 grams of beef, onion, garlic, tomato, some bread, and a little more stuff. Everything was placed in two medium plastic bags, and everything costs ONE THOUSAND PESOS! Geez, before a thousand pesos would give you like three or four large shopping bags of groceries. The zooming up of prices is a real pain in the butt. My less than six thousand pesos monthly salary is not enough to sustain a decent living!
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
So true, i also budget for our groceries every time i receive my salary, i would always set aside for groceries and it is usually from 1000 to 1500 and it usually last us for only a week..it would only consist of milk for the kids, diapers for the baby, basic stuff we need from canned goods, to soap, sugar, eggs..and my net pay is not nearly as yours!!
• United Arab Emirates
10 May 11
Yes, nowadays every where the price goes up for everything even if you want to a bottle of water his price has change, so we should think about increase our income.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
right. so we need to work our as*ses off to be able to have larger income.
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
10 May 11
Prices are getting outrageously high. It amazes me how people are getting by. I know that we have had to cut back on a lot recently to save money. It seems like every year things go up and up and up, and yet the paychecks remain the same. I really wonder how we are expected to survive and maintain paying our bills with the way things are going. I have recently started couponing as much as I can. I use to try and use a couple coupons here and there, but didn't really care whether I had one or not, but now when I go shopping I make sure I have my stack of coupons with me, and I never pay retail for any item. If it isn't on sale I don't get it. My children aren't in school yet, but I can only imagine what prices are going to be by then.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Coupons? its like discounts or something? sad thing, we do not have that here in Philippines, its like what you see is what you buy..unless i go to Divisoria to be able to buy very cheap stuff or resort to buying those China made stuff which are not in good quality..(sorry if anyone gets offended)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Hello Jazel, That's why am Single, to HELL with getting Married and having kids if don't have the money to start a LIFE! my brother never runs out of worries about sending kids to school, buying their necessities, needs and wants for school. they had the salary but it's just wasn't freaking enough!. budgeting is never easy, specially when you're committed and have kids.you have to find a way to sacrifice the ones that you think that is no longer needed.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
YES, it is mind breaking if you do not have the means.. luckily my husband can still provide a lil bit more so we could spend a lil more for the kids...and that is why we are working our as* of just to earn more..but still i believe it is worth it and we still happy no matter what
@gloryacam (5541)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Yup, prices are going higher and higher. And I have a feeling that people don't mind. During the last president, a small increase in fuel would send thousands out on the streets in a rally. Now, fuel, and everything else are rising, and not so much rallies. It's frustrating. So, there's really no choice but to live on a strict budget.
@jazel_juan (15758)
• Philippines
10 May 11
Yes i know what you mean! it is frustrating because seems like the government is not doing something. We have a motorcycle and for unleaded fuel it is already 61.00 pesos per liter!!! it used to be at 35 to 40 pesos.. tsk tsk!