'Ang Sarap Mamuhay Sa Probinsiya!' This Mom From Bohol Only Spends P150 Per Day On FoodAlso a nutritionist, Miriam shares her P1000 ulam-for-a-week menu.by Iza Cuyos .
The pandemic has forced a lot of Filipino families to think of alternative lifestyles that are more affordable and closer to nature. One of the more popular alternatives is to uproot from the city and rebuild a more laid-back life in the province.
Miriam Marino, a 36-year old mom and registered nutritionist-dietitian who has moved her family from Manila to Bohol shared a post about her Php 1,000 ulam-for-the-week challenge.
“May nabili kasi kaming lupa at balak namin gawing farm, kaya kailangan naming mag-extra savings,” Miriam shares in an exclusive interview with Smart Parenting, explaining why she needs to keep her weekly budget at Php 1,000.
“At ang presyo ng mga bilihin ngayon is increasing kaya kailangan mag-budget talaga,” she adds.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
How can Php 1,000 be enough for a week for a family of three?
Mommy Miriam shares four tips to make Php 1,000 enough for a week’s worth of ulam.
1. Create a family menu that will serve as your guide for the entire week.
She also advises not to forget pumping up each meal's nutritional value by maintaining the balance between go, grow and glow food groups.
2. Make a list of things to buy following your menu.
Having a grocery list will help parents stick to what’s needed and stay away from impulse buys that usually happens when you see things you don’t really need in the palengke.
3. Choose locally grown vegetables and fruits from the palengke.
Mommy Miriam shares that local produce is always fresher and cheaper compared to imported ones. Having a suking tindahan, one that you trust to carry these local goods of good quality, will also be your leverage when asking for bargains or “tawad”.
3. Make rounds in the palengke to check which store stand offers the best value for your money.
This also means spending an extra hour in the palengke to scout for bargains, so make sure to allot more time for this. In the province, the palengke usually serves the freshest produce early in the morning when farmers drop their goods (bagsakan) straight from the farm.
Applying these tips, Mommy Miriam shares what she was able to buy given her Php 1,000 food budget:
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Php 50 – 3 pieces sayote
Php 80 – 1 whole kalabasa
Php 20 – 1 bundle okra
Php 30 – 2 pieces singkamas
Php 40 – 1 whole cabbage
Php 60 – 1.5 kilo camote
Php 40 – 5 pieces potato
Php 25 – 5 pieces onions
Php 25 – 7 pieces tomatoes
Php 450 - 2 kilos fish
Php 50 – 1 kilo lakatan (banana)
Php 950 TotalADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Miriam's sample meal plan
Scrambled egg, or sunny side up, or boiled
Egg with sardines, sibuyas and malunggay
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Fish tinola with malunggay and Sayote
Chicken tinola with malunggay
Fried fish or fried chicken
Upo guisado with sardines
Vegetable Law oy (Visayan recipe. Mixed vegetable coup)ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Ensaladang Talbos ng Camote
Fruits at least once a day
On growing vegetbles and raising chickens in their bakuran
Miriam shares that it also helps that they grow vegetables in their bakuran, such as malunggay, talbos ng camote (camote sprouts), onions, and tanglad.
She also shares that her husband, who is a graphic artist, has been very tempted to change careers. “Ngayon, gustong gusto na [niya] mag-full time farmer.”
They also have pechay, kalamansi, luya, upo, cucumber, kangkong, and talong in their backyard.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Aside from vegetables, the family also raises chickens. Miriam’s 8-year old daughter even helps in feeding the animals. “Libre na ang egg and chicken meat,” she shares in her post.
“May apat kaming inahin na halos nangingitlog araw–araw, tatlong tandang. May lima na [manok] na pwede ng ihawin at anim na mga sisiw. Yung itlog kinukunsumo namin at binebenta yung iba,” she counts, explaining how the animals can be for both food and business.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Maintaining a daily food budget of php 150 or less
Because of their garden and poultry, Miriam was able to reduce the family's food budget to a maximum of P150 per day. “Binibili nalang namin kung ano 'yung wala like additional fruits.
“Minsan nga 'yung expenses namin sa pagkain mas lesser than 150 kasi ang way ng cooking namin either sabaw, like tinolang manok with malunggay. Since may manok na kami at malunggay, bibilhin nalang namin is kamatis and asin.”
'Contentment is key'
Last but not the least, Miriam shares that the key to a more affordable lifestyle is contentment. “Mamuhay tayo kung ano lang ang kaya… #Contentment is the key. Kasi sa probinsya, simple lang ang buhay,” she points out.
For families who are thinking of living in the province for good, Miriam has this advice: “Pag-usapan at pagdesisyonang maigi. Dapat pareho ninyo na gusto mamuhay sa probinsiya.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Indeed, it has to be a mutual decision between family members so you can reap the benefits of a peaceful life in the province.
“Para sa amin ang sarap mamuhay sa probinsiya, Presko ang hangin and you are always with the nature. Higit sa lahat ipag-pray and ask God for His guidance kasi we are believing God’s plan is better than our plans.”
Congratulations for successfully raising a healthy family in the Province, Miriam!
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