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Messy Haul: Some Fun and Frugal Finds from DCLA, Uyanguren

Hello, yes, it’s me, the blogger who churns out haul post after haul post… If it’s any consolation, these are not craft or planner or makeup finds. Well, at least not everything?

Kidding aside, as someone who loves shopping but hates spending a lot, I love cheap shopping destinations. You folks from Manila have Divisoria; we have Chinatown or Uyanguren. My favourite “mall” there is DCLA not only because it’s bigger than the other places but also because it’s cleaner.

A couple of weeks ago, my mum and I (and my tail, Yuri) went out on a Saturday morning to do bank errands. Deposit here, withdraw there, and get coin banks for Yuri and my sister who are both youth savers… Yuri was pretty ecstatic with his coin bank (he ditched his Mickey Mouse one for it) – too ecstatic that he gets almost every denomination from P1 to P20 from my wallet for his “savings.” Guess who doesn’t have coins and petty cash every single time? I swear, this is highway robbery.

I also made my very first time deposit. Figured I should put majority of my meagre money in a time deposit and invest the remaining in either mutual funds or in the stock market (which are basically the same concepts except mutual funds require less effort on my part – this isn’t accurate, I know, but this post is not about investing).

If I were someone else reading the previous paragraph, I would think, ah, Maan has her finances down to pat. Good job, girl! And then you place Maan in a bargain shop and all her motivation to be financially wiser goes down the drain.

After all those banking errands, we went to DCLA in Uyanguren just to buy Yuri a bicycle helmet. And I went home with a helmet – and more. Here are some of my interesting finds!


A desktop organiser for P90


Hello Kitty erasers! I don’t even use a pencil, so I don’t know how I’m going to use these… I forgot the price, too — maybe it’s around P25


Baking pan for around P60 apiece!


Binder clips — I forgot how much these were huhu


Cutesy sign pens! I don’t know much these cost!


Cars label stickers for the boy. This I know the price. P45


Magnifying glass, still for the little boy of course. P30


And what we went to DCLA for, a kiddie helmet for P340

Do you also have favourite cheap shopping destinations?

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  • Reply edelweiza February 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I can name four: Divisoria, Landmark Makati, Japan Home, and Saizen. P60 is a good price for that baking pan! 🙂

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac February 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I want that kiddie helmet! Mura ha! The one I found in the mall here is 2K plus…OMG lang, it’s not like the bikes go with the helmets. Bili pa rin kami ng bike separately.

  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth February 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Wow another haul! Those were really affordable! I like the helmet 🙂

  • Reply Neri Ann February 23, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I know a lot! Divisoria, Taytay, Japan Home, Daiso, and mga tiangges!

  • Reply Gilian February 24, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Love your hauls. haha. I always end up buying something whenever we go to a store that has the same items as you posted..haha..I love cute things! The Hello Kitty!!

  • Reply emiliana February 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    The kiddie bike helmet is a steal at 340 pesos! I often go to Daiso for cheap kitchen hauls.

  • Reply juvy ann February 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Love reading your post, I can so feel your excitement and energy writing about Divi cool finds.

  • Reply Berlin February 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I was a frequent visitor of Daiso before. Now, I’m most of the time at home looking after my boys and I think I’m giving my husband a great favor of not spending a lot. Ihihi. Though I miss my crazy bargain finds moment.

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez February 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Wow same us sis hahaha I am also a cheap wifey pagdating sa shopping, I love going in bargains, saometimes ukay-ukay hahahah! bahalag ingnong kuripot ayeeeee.

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