Rationale: Why I’m a cheapskate
I am a cheapskate. Everyone whom I am close to knows this fact (but bags, make-ups, and Raviv’s things are a different story. May dapat ipagkuripot, may dapat gastusan). After all, I was bred and raised by cheapskates. My parents both had decent white-collared jobs, but we only got new toys on our birthdays and Christmases.
Dad is so kuripot that during family reunions, he’d rather cook the food and get dirty than contribute a pig to the banquet. I also remember a time when Chips Ahoy was being promoted in the Philippines and it had a Buy 1 Take 1 promo. Knowing the promo, Mom told Dad and me to buy Chips Ahoy. At the mall, Dad told the promodizer: “Ay, Buy 1 Take 1? Akala ko Buy 1 Take 2!” So goodbye Chips Ahoy Buy 1 Take 1. It never happened again. #bummer
Now what about my mom? Mom is more reasonable naman. But luxury is not her middle name. I remember being seven years old and walking hundreds of meters away to reach my friend Bubbles’ house so I could read Funny Komiks because Mom does not want to subscribe or buy because she thinks it’s too expensive (samantalang ang ibang mommies kung anu-anong gagawin para lang magbasa ang anak nila!) And it’s not just I who know this fact. Mom is currently a vice-president of a controversy-laden university down south, and some inggitera/inggitero/intrigero/intrigera made up stories about her—that she’s been bribing people! At may presyo pa—P150,000 daw ang ipinamudmod niya! Everyone who heard this ridiculous story knew it could never, ever happen in a million years. The public’s response was, “Si Emma mamimigay ng pera?!? Sa kakuriputan nun!” The rumor died a natural death before it can crawl.
With these parents, can you blame me for being myself? 😉
The Cheapskate’s Paradise: Novo!
I am constantly on the lookout for cheap finds and for products and services that would give me (more than) my money’s worth. One of my Shangri-Las is Novo.
Yes, you read that right. Novo, as in the huge factory-like store with tacky decors (I hear a gasp: “Ah ‘yuuun…!”)
But there’s more to Novo than the gaudy plastic flowers and posters!
I have forgotten why Randy and I one day entered this huge little cheapskates’ haven. But boy were we glad we did! I remember us gasping at the prices of the items, and feeling good that we paid only P1,000+ and yet we were able to buy a lot of stuff!
Novo sells practically everything! From clothes to accessories to dog leashes to kitchenware to make-up to furniture to baby wipes…
…and of course, plastic flowers and posters. Hehe.
The good finds
Anyhoo, I visited Novo some days ago and decided it deserves a spotlight on this li’l blog o’ mine. Here are some good finds:
And not all of the items it sells are tacky. There are some with classy designs (at least IMHO)
And there are some footwear I really liked!
Here are some books for Raviv I bought from Novo some months ago:
And what about this book? Take a look at it:
As I said, everything you might need (and even not need) is there. It’s like a pangmasang SM—it also has got all for you…at a fraction of the usual price!
But do not get caught up and buy everything din naman. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT buy things that:
- …you put into your mouth (e.g., toothbrushes)
- …would have a long contact with your skin e.g., make-up, nail polish, facial creams, soaps, etc.) – you don’t want unsafe chemicals touching and irritating your skin, right?
- …you store your food in (e.g., feeding bottles) – may be BPA-filled!
- …you regularly use and abuse yet you want to last for a long time (e.g., knives, electric fans, etc.) – I don’t think they’re that sturdy; you may end up wasting money than saving because you’d need to buy again.
I also have to warn you that Novo reeks of plastic, so do not bring your kids there. You may also wear a mask if you want.
Seriously, every cheapskate (and even plain shopaholics) should give Novo a try! Everyone I told Novo about comes home happy, and tells me they’re definitely going back. Novo is present even in small towns, so it’s a lot more convenient than Divisoria. Aaand, in fairness, aircon po sa Novo. 😉 So yeah, it’s a cheapskate’ s paradise.
Tell me what you think!
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