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Fab & Frugal Finds for August

Lovely Monday, everyone!

I’ve taken the entire weekend off. Aside from trips to the playground and walks around the village, I never stepped outside the house. I needed some rest. But the bad news is that, because I was also almost always online, I was constantly checking out online shops. Noooo!

Well, for one, I really need a new phone (my Zenfone is still working really well, but its crack is growing – it’s almost like the West Valley fault now – and I don’t want to fully destroy it). I’m looking for a midrange unit with a good camera; what do you suggest?

Also, after last week’s weekend getaway at Villa Amparo Resort in Samal, I realised I needed a backpack. You see, I always used travel totes and duffel bags. They have always worked for me — until I needed to bring a pre-schooler along alone. So, backpack it is.

Don’t worry — I haven’t bought anything yet. I’m trying to save up. Emphasis on trying.

But let me show you some fun and frugal finds I bought in August. Let’s start with kawaii office supplies!

Nine West wallet
Nine West wallet – P1,200

Coin purse/ earphone case – P40 each

Card holder – P25 each

I actually bought the wallet a month ago, but I belatedly realised it (I took the picture already) so I just included it. The coin purses and card holders, I bought from an online store. Send me a PM to know where. More items from that store after the jump.

Kawaii office supplies

Pencil case – P35 each (I bought three but I forgot where I placed the other one)

Sticky notes – P20

Sailor-themed stationery tape – P35

Yellow candy colour pen – P30

Desktop organiser – P40 (I bought two)

Wire organiser – P30

Foot back protector – P25

I also bought other stuff that didn’t make it to the picture like sanitary pad purses (P35 – I bought two) and electric fan covers (P25 – I bought three). I really enjoyed buying kawaii stuff from that online store — obviously!Kawaii office supplies

And clothes…

Hurray for today!ootd perch

I also discovered another online shop that sells clothes really cheaply. While I like buying in malls and boutiques, nothing compares to the thrill of buying cheap dresses! I bought all three dresses — a navy blue maxi-dress, a pink floral midi-dress and a white tunic — from one online store.

What I love about them is that none of them costs over P300 (I forgot the exact prices but I’m pretty sure the cheapest costs below P200) and the quality of all three is perfect. The material is thick and there were no loose thread. I dare say the quality is even better than that of the dresses I buy that are 3-4 times more expensive.

(Oh, and I discovered that one doesn’t need to be tall to wear a maxi dress!)

And one Photobook…

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I love Photobook Philippines. The photobooks are easy to make whether through their online platform or through the downloadable software, and the quality is always excellent. Plus, shipping is fast considering the fact that the photobooks are printed and put together in Malaysia. Shipping is even quicker than a certain online shop I know (*coughs*Lazada*coughs).

I have already bought 3 photobooks, and this is the latest one. I availed of their recent promo for mini photobooks (only P100 per photobook!), and bought 5. The one pictured above contains pictures from our family reunion in Cebu  back in 2012 when I weighed 10 pounds less. Huhu.

What are your recent fab and frugal finds?

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23 Comments

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac September 1, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I never used to be into office supplies and all that, until I got to be friends with bloggers who practically hoards them, hahaha. I’m learning a lot about being “kikay”. I recently purchased a couple of colored paper clips, a multi-colored pen which I put in a pink polka dot pencil case given to me, would you believe, 3 years ago!!!! hahaha. Ah well, now, I found use for it.:P
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  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac September 1, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I never used to be into office supplies and all that, until I got to be friends with bloggers who practically hoard them, hahaha. I’m learning a lot about being “kikay”. I recently purchased a couple of colored paper clips, a multi-colored pen which I put in a pink polka dot pencil case given to me, would you believe, 3 years ago!!!! hahaha. Ah well, now, I found use for it.:P

    Lovely photobook, I need to find time to organise mine.

    And yes, maxi dresses are not just for tall women. Looks great on you!

    (sorry, I had to edit and add some stuff I forgot to add)
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Hahaha grabe, 3 years ago! There are always promos sa Photobook Philippines. Really sulit if you ask me. And thank you! I can’t stop wearing sleeveless dresses even though I gained 15 pounds haha

  • Reply Que Sullano - Gavan September 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Love the coin purse and card holders! and the cord organizer been looking for colorful ones!
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      I love them even more because they’re so cheap! 😀

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey September 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Sis pakibulong sa akin yung kawaii online store and the tindahan of the clothes. Hahahaha! And yes, bagay din ang maxi dress sa petite. Recently ko lang din ma realize. Hahaha!
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Amazing, diba? PM kita sa Facebook

  • Reply ceemee September 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Such nice clothes! It’s wonderful that the quality is good. May I know where you bought them? 🙂 Is the shipping of the that store and the office supplies store for the whole Philippines?
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Yup! It’s in Metro Manila actually. I’ll send you a PM on Facebook 🙂

  • Reply Janice September 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Hay I can never say no to office supplies. I buy some every week. As in every week. Haha! Anyway, I was supposed to go to Davao this weekend to attend my brother’s wedding in Villa Amparo. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip. Sayang, we could have arranged a meet-up din sana. 🙁
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      For a planner aficionado like you, I’d be surprised if you weren’t buying office supplies so often haha! Ui sayang nagkita sana tayo dun!

  • Reply Balot's Chatter (@lotusshiella) September 3, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Great finds! Love the pastel color coin purse/earphone case, the dress and the photobook… pwede ask asa ni na online store? 🙂 🙂 🙂
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    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks! Pwede kaayo. I’ll send you a PM on Facebook 😀

  • Reply Tetcha Figuerres September 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Lovely finds, Maan! I’ve managed to shop a little, too, last month taking advantage of Robinsons Malls Red Hot Sale 2015, and I found cheap but lovely items, too! I guess that makes us both happy mommas!

    • Reply Maan September 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Sale finds make two happy mommas! I’m gonna start saving money for the Christmas sales!

  • Reply Ayi September 4, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I wanna try the Photobook Philippines. I’m thinking of fixing a photo album for the kids but with my current load, I don’t know if I could handle it pa. Hehehe. Great finds momma! Love the kawaii stuff 🙂
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  • Reply Jackie September 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I’m kuripot to the max. I just ask my hubby to take home some highlighters and scotch tape from work haha kasi we rarely use ours naman so matagal ang gamit. His company gives away lots of those so its okay. But still your items are definitely cuter because you got to choose. I’m surprised na your clothes were under P300 each—grabe mura! Haha nice find! 🙂 thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply tina September 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    i love your loot! 😀 Photobook is on my list to buy too!

  • Reply Macy Santos September 10, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Nice job in sharing these treasures. You see I like buying cheap stuff too but sans the poor quality. Hope you can share what online shop is this- I love online shopping too.
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  • Reply Nadia September 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Pretty Maan! Maxi dresses ba talaga ‘yan? I’ve been wearing the same blue with lace blouse in all the events I’ve attended this year. Nahalata na ng ate ko! Hehe. Please PM me the online store too. My recent cheap finds? Books for my dear Rio, again! 🙂
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  • Reply edel September 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Ang cute ng pencil case! Where did you buy?? We are currently fixing my daughter’s room so I want to get some new stuff for her. Oh wait, what’s my frugal find this month? Hmmmm … none yet this month but last month, I bought some nice dresses in Bangkok for 200 baht each. Happiness! 😀
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  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen September 17, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I love the wallet and the coin purses. I don’t remember if i’ve bought anything this month except for grocery items.
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  • Reply edelweiza September 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I love dresses! The maxi dress looks good on you! My recent frugal finds were dresses, too. Two black dresses, to be exact. 🙂
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