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  • Blake Go Gives All His Money To Divine Lee: 'Para Mas Madali, Siya Na Bahala'

    Divine Lee has an organized way of monitoring gastos.
    by FM Ganal for Pep.ph .
  • Some couples manages money individually after contributing to a family fund. Others consolidate their earnings.  In Divine Lee's household, she is the designated finance manager of her household. Blake Go, Divine's husband, admitted this in the celebrity entrepreneur's YouTube vlog posted on September 19, 2020.

    "I remit all my income to Divine para mas madali. Siya na bahala," Blake says. "She likes to budget. Everything naka-Excel, so hindi ka makalusot kapag mawala iyong bente pesos mo. Alam mo na sa Excel kung saan napunta," he  added. 

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    Divine, laughing, adds, "Mag-aaway pa kami kasi kailangan talaga maalala niya saan napunta iyong perang iyon. Kahit 100 pesos, 500. Nai-stress siya sa akin na parang, 'Babe, I'm sure ginamit ko sa parking.' [Sasabihin ko,] 'Saang parking?! Bakit hindi nakalista? Hindi naman nakalista doon!’ So, nai-stress siya akin."

    Divine uses Excel spreadsheet to monitor expenses

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    In an email exchange with Pep.ph on September 24, Divine revealed that Blake trusts her with the job of managing their expenses. She is completely in charge of the household expenses.

    "Blake kasi just really wants me to take care of it kasi nga forte ko siya," the celebrity vlogger writes. "Naka-alarm five days before lahat ng due dates [ng bills] and every day, nakabukas yung Excel sheets ko," she adds. 

    Divine takes her Excel spreadsheets seriously and considers them her financial guide in life. "Strength ko iyong gumawa ng system and keep everything in check," she writes in the email. "Actually lahat ginagawa ko sa Excel. Kasal ko, birth plan ng anak ko, vaccinations, travels namin, even meal plan sa bahay naka-Excel. Hahahaha!"

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    Since all expenses are listed down in detail, Divine can pinpoint where one spends their money. "Diyan mo din makikita ang laki pala ng gastos ko sa dining out or transportation, etc etc. Or if you can afford to invest on something."

    The mom of two stressed, "It's nice to see some kind of plan or direction with your finances."

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    Going cashless helps DIvine track their expenses.

    Divine finds that cashless transactions make it easier to keep track of expenses.She has been doing this since she was single."Actually baka nakakainis nga ako kasama sa restaurant that doesn't accept credit cards. Kasi lagi ako nagsasabi sa friends ko, 'Pahiram cash, bank transfer ko na lang sa inyo now.' Haha!'" she reveals. 

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    Even today, she has implemented the cashless system in her household. "The reason why I've been doing this kasi kahit gaano ka kasinop, ang hirap [i-monitor ng cash]. So, even all my household [staff], I never give cash. I always wire. Everything is accounted for easily."

    "For example, may task sa driver, nagutom ako or I need something pabili sa mall. I wire his debit card the exact amount. We also use the petty cash system, they have petty cash when we go out or in the house to be liquidated when refilled. This is for the small gastos, like tips sa mga delivery guys, etc.," Divine says. 

    But Divine's top money tip is listing all expenses down in Excel. "It manages my income and expenses, and [it's] easy to see and forecast the future when you know where everything goes."

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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