Gadgets, travel, rent: Readers share their car financing sacrifices with us

Can you relate?
by Drei Laurel | Feb 24, 2022
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Who hasn’t given up a creature comfort or two in order to afford something nice? We know we have. Thing is, if you’re looking to do this so you can afford a car, some bigger sacrifices may be in order.

Depending on how you finance your vehicle and your monthly income, you could be foregoing upgrading your smartphone or possibly even giving up vacation days. It can be rough, but if you really have your sight set on being a car owner, it can be done.

So we asked our readers what kind of stuff they had to give up in order to finance a vehicle. Be warned, there are some painful stories in here. You can check them out below:

Car financing sacrifices

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My simple pleasures. My camera and lens upgrades, my drone, my airsoft stuff, my bike, my computer upgrades, and more—only to end up losing it [my car] because I had no income when the pandemic hit.” - Nygel John J. Melitado

Travel—but it’s just timely that we’re in a pandemic. It doesn’t hurt much.” - Jason Dayag

Nothing. I don’t buy what I cannot afford.” - Warren Kenneth Templo

Travel and other expensive things, like phones and other gadgets. Bought a 2017 Ford Everest at P29,000/month. I'm on my last year and never missed a payment. But you know what's harder than keeping up with the monthly installments? It's the car maintenance and the unexpected gastos. Halimbawa may nasirang parts, so iforecast mo na yun in a year.” - Antonette Comia-Custodio

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Peace of mind. parang galit palagi misis ko tuwing pay day.” - Francis Carreon

The apartment I was renting. Now living inside the Navi.” - Trevor Cruz

Beer at oras. Need to work hard.” - Jan Rambo

One meal. Down to two meals a day of instant noodles. I’m okay for now. Passed out once in a while and lost a lot of weight. But hey, I’m driving my dream car: Porsche Cayenne!” - Noel Manuntag

As what Thanos once said, ‘Everything’” - Michael Jan Apurado

Daily Starbucks. That’s P4,000 a month. Sakto na pang-gas.” - Jean Paul Siabal Abobo

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