When I decided to move out of my parents’ house and told myself I was going to be completely independent, all I could think of was all the fun stuff that I would be doing living by myself. I have to admit it was fun partying, staying up late, having people over for drinks, buying what I wanted, going where I wanted… Then life just started creeping up on me. There were bills to pay, responsibilities on keeping house, dealing with neighbors. I’ve experienced getting my water supply suspended, getting overdue notice on my phone line, dealing with uncooperative maintenance people, getting my car fixed… At some point I’ve woken up and i didn’t even have drinking water in the fridge and I had a splitting hangover.
I’ve learned the hard way about how to manage being on my own, and more specifically managing my finances. I haven’t gotten it all down-pat yet, though I’m more or less confident about where I stand… But it does help when you get useful advice about things like this. Not everyone is born finance savvy. I want not only to be comfortable with my lifestyle, but i also have the financial freedom to be able to help and assist others.
That’s why I’m psyched about Sun Life Financial’s Brighter Life community website. It allows me to learn about how to handle a lot of the practical everyday stuff that a person living alone like me would face.
From budgeting for the household, to handling stress, to investing my savings and letting money work for me… All in one convenient forum. Practically all the 5 categories are useful in my life, but for a single career person like myself, I am more inclined to refer to the PERSONAL FINANCE and the CAREER AND BUSINESS categories for my personal concerns.
What’s so great about the website? It’s like you’re talking to a friend or reading a letter from him. It’s easy, personal, informative and really quite entertaining.
Take “The Six Times You Need to Spend More” for instance… The title in itself had me hooked. It lists down the things that you encounter or face every day that you basically should not scrimp on: Food, Education, Health, Life Insurance, Bed Mattress, and Shoes. YOU HAVE TO READ IT.
It’s time we all venture into learning about how to manage our money wisely. Brighter Life can provide Filipinos direction and an enjoyable way of learning about financial security. You don’t need to feel insecure that you’re not familiar with finance terms. Just click, read, learn and be inspired.
So, for more lessons and tips on personal finances, visit BRIGHTER LIFE.
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Here’s to a brighter life!