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Nov. 03, 19 | 4:15 pm

When we start to gain financial independence, we realize the value of money in a way we never did when we used to have our parents support our needs and wants. We learn that it’s not only hard to earn, it’s very easy to lose as well.

In a straw poll by The Filipino Times, through its segment “Tanong Ng Bayan,” around 59 percent of Filipino netizens said they would rather not buy what they want at the moment as long as they get to save for the future.

For the future
According to netizen Jhoyce Danica Dianna, material things only provide temporary happiness. “Ang importante kasi ay may naipon para in case of emergency, may madudukot ka. Sa panahon ngayon, dapat maging praktikal sa buhay dahil mhirap kumita ng pera at maghanap ng permanent job,” she said.

OFW netizen Hlen Cabello, said that saving up for future investments is more important in the long run.

“Ipon din dapat kahit hindi mabili gusto basta magkaroon ng sarili bahay, lupain, at may mga tanim na gulay, mga manok, at kalabaw. Kausapin din dapat ang pamilya sa mga gustong unahin kasi hindi habang panahon ay OFW tayo,” she said.

For netizen Nancy Mangubat Matira, saving up will allow you to become financially stable in the future, which will help you buy the things that you want.

“Tayo ay dapat mag-ipon para sa future, at mag-ipon para mabili ang mga luho. Ipon is the keyword,” she said.

Financial and business author Suzanne Kearns cited an experiment done by Stanford researchers on kids back in the 60s, wherein they were presented with a tray of goodies, and were told that if they ate one immediately, they wouldn’t receive anymore, but if they waited a few minutes, they’d receive another. The kids were observed until adulthood, and researchers found that those who chose delayed gratification achieved more success in life.

The flip side
However, there are also various Filipino netizens who chose to buy what they want instead of saving up. In the Tanong Ng Bayan poll segment, around 41 percent of them believe in the idea: “You Only Live Once.”

Netizen Mich Zabala Anne said that she feels “lucky na nabibili ko ang gusto ko kahit konti ang savings.”

For netizen Cora Virola Tarcena, you worked hard for the money you have, so you deserve to buy what you want.

“Naghahanapbuhay tayo para sa pangangailangan, mas okay ang nabibili na lang ang gustong gamit kasi di naman sigurado ang buhay,” said Tarcena.

Wadge Davidoff Din added that sometimes in life, you either die rich or you live happily.

“Dying rich means keeping all your money for your heir while living like a rat. You’ll only get to enjoy it if you’re lucky enough to reach your old age. But what if you die while building your fortune?”  He said.

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