Mention the word shopping and what usually comes to mind is an image of a fashionable woman wearing oversized glasses, carrying a handful of shopping bags in one arm and a cup of overpriced coffee on the other. Such is the stereotype associated with the phrase “shop till you drop.”
But you don’t have to follow these clever catchphrases and resort to mindless purchasing. Being a savvy shopper means making smart purchases by doing some research and exploring your options before buying. Yes, you can still shop—not till you drop—but while sticking to a budget. For starters, you can check these great deals in Cebu for the month of March.
March buffet promo for graduates
March is graduation month and what better way to celebrate this important milestone than with friends and family? At the Cebu City Marriott Hotel’s Garden Café, new graduates can avail of their “4 + 1 Promo.” All they have to do is bring four friends, show their diploma and the new graduate can eat at their lunch or dinner buffet for free. Regular prices are at PhP850 for lunch and PhP1,200 to PhP1,600 for dinner.
The interiors of Garden Café, Cebu City Marriott Hotel (Photo courtesy of Cebu City Marriott Hotel)
The seafood buffet is served every Friday at the Cebu City Marriot Hotel’s Garden Café. (Photo courtesy of Cebu City Marriot Hotel)
IBP officers and members, doctors, gynecologists, expats, and employees who work at Cebu Business Park can also get 30% off their lunch or dinner buffet upon presentation of a valid ID.
Fashion finds at a steal
Stylists often say to have a high-low approach towards fashion by mixing high-end, branded items with low-end bargain pieces.
You can do exactly that by shopping at ukay-ukay stores, named as such because you literally have to dig your way through piles of clothing to look for something you like. Carbon Market has ukay-ukay stalls where you can score blouses for as low as PhP20 toPhP50. The stalls open at 11:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. As it is a public market filled with people, practice safety precautions such as refraining from bringing valuables and carrying only the cash you need.
Carbon ukay-ukay stalls, where clothes go as low as PhP20 (Photo by writer)
You can also go to surplus shops along Osmeña Boulevard such as Praktikal Fashionistas Choice, Conbef Surplus Center, Carlo’s Fashion Shop, or the Grand Bazaar Clothing Shop in the JRG Building at Gen. Maxilom Ave. Chat up the salespersons and ask what day of the week they have new items shipped in. You can write your number in their contact list so they can notify you when they get a new shipment or when they’re having a sale.
Praktikal Fashionistas, one of the many surplus shops along Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City (Photo by writer)
Conbef Surplus, one of the many surplus shops along Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. (Photo by writer)
Carlo’s Fashion Shop, also along Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City (Photo by writer)
The Grand Bazaar Clothing Shop at the JRG Building, Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City (Photo by writer)
To complete the high-end part of the equation, pair your ukay-ukay finds with branded pieces. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay full-price for them. From March 18 to 20, The Off Price Show will be held at the Oakridge Pavilion inside the Oakridge Business Park. This roving sale will feature brands like Mango, Adidas, Hellolulu, Tommy Hilfiger Eyewear, Chocolate Clothing, and a whole lot more at up to 80% off.
The Off Price Show features branded items on sale (Photo courtesy of The Off Price Show)
Whether at the ukay-ukay, surplus shops, or at a roving sale, take your time and browse goods from one vendor to another, and comparison-shop before finally settling on a purchase.
Great deals on gadgets
From March 1 to April 3, Starmobile is having a “March Madness Sale” where techies can save up to PhP4,500 on their Knight and UP line of phones. Junrex Cellphones is also marking down their LG phones. Worth mentioning is the LG G4 Stylus which is on sale from PhP11,990 to PhP9,990. Specifications like Gorilla glass screen and an octacore processor make this unit a steal.
The Starmobile store at Ayala Center Cebu (Photo by writer)
The Junrex store at Ayala Center Cebu (Photo by writer)
When looking for phones, make sure to look up the specifications at gadget review sites like gsmarena.com. Take advantage of model displays at cellphone shops so you can get a feel of the unit’s complete user experience even before buying it.
Click and drive
Still saving up for your dream car? It might just be one click away.
Carbay.ph is running promo rates on Foton, Honda, and Mazda cars from March to April. They are selling them with down payments for as low as PhP79,000 and throwing in freebies like comprehensive insurance, chattel mortgage fees, LTO registration, and periodic maintenance service. Select models of Volkswagen cars are also offered at zero down payment until March 31.
The Honda CR-V, now on a low down payment scheme at carbay.ph (Photo courtesy of Honda Philippines)
The Mazda 2 Skyactiv, also on a low down payment scheme at carbay.ph (Photo courtesy of Mazda Philippines)
Since you will be driving it for years, it is important to choose a car that suits your personality or lifestyle. Young professionals might go for hip cars like Honda Jazz, Ford Fiesta, or Toyota Yaris. For serious business-minded types, there are cars with executive appeal such as the Honda Accord or BMW Series 3. If you’re more the outdoorsy type, pick-ups or mid-size SUVs would be a good fit. First-time car owners, on the other hand, might benefit from practical, but fuel-efficient cars like Toyota Vios, Kia Rio, or Honda City.
By keeping your eyes peeled for great deals and steals, you can be a savvy shopper and save for a rainy day at the same time.