Startup costs of a first year lawyer

You went to law school and hurdled the bar exam. While waiting for your bar results, you received a job offer from a top law firm and are to start working there immediately as a junior associate. What costs should you prepare for? … More Startup costs of a first year lawyer

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My first million

While writing my last net worth update, I noted that I had Php 41,330.85 to go before I made a million. I estimated that it may take me a few more months before then. I wishfully hoped that I made my million at least before I get married or before I turn thirty. … More My first million

Lifestyle Inflation / It’s not how much you make, but what you save that matters

A question was posed by a young, single professional guy working in manila, in an online forum. He asked, can he live on a PhP 20,000.00 (roughly USD 425.00) monthly salary*? He wants to buy a condo, a car and save for his retirement. There were mixed responses. … More Lifestyle Inflation / It’s not how much you make, but what you save that matters

Why playing yolo with money isn’t the way to go

I’m sad to see that most millenials and young Pinoys have fallen prey to the so-called yolo lifestyle. The motto, you only live once (“yolo”) is used to justify throwing caution to the wind and rearranging priorities, putting experiences ahead of the basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. Many end up going on their international adventures, charging plane tickets and hotels to their credit cards, all while presenting credit card statements to support visa applications at embassies (when did debt ever become proof of assets?). A lot of young Pinoys, including young lawyers, must delay certain typical milestones in life such as marriage, buying a home and living on their own because they have not saved enough money despite their perceived high incomes. … More Why playing yolo with money isn’t the way to go