Heart Evangelista confessed that she's a “late bloomer” when it comes to handling her finances.
When she was single, she was very dependent on her parents, specifically her mom Cecilia, as far as dealing with her financial responsibilities is concerned.
Things changed when she married Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
In a recent interview, Heart related to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that her husband, who is a vice-presidential candidate, lets her do her financial-related duties.
“Iba na talaga ngayon, mas naging responsible pa, especially ako kasi late bloomer ako pagdating sa pagiging independent, you know, on top of all my finances.
“Ngayon ko lang talaga nalaman ang halaga ng pera. I'm thankful na I have someone like Chiz,” she said.
Even after telling him that she's not used to handling these stuff, Heart resumed, “Sabi niya, 'No, darling, pumunta ka sa bangko at magtanong ka.'
"Hindi niya ako tinulungan."
Heart admitted there were times when she got frustrated, “Siyempre, minsan naiinis ako na, 'Tulungan mo na lang ako.'
"Hindi ko nga alam kung ano ba ang manager's check, iyong tax kailangan pala on time, iyong suweldo darating lang sa ganitong date.”
But in time, she saw that as a opportunity to improve herself.
“Marami talaga akong natutunan,” she said.
“I'm lucky that I have somebody that allows me to really discover myself.
“Of course, he'll be there if I fall. But ang importante sa kanya is ma-experience ko 'yon.
“Natutunan ko talaga ang importance ng money and being practical sa kanya.”
HELP EACH OTHER. Now that she's Mrs. Escudero, another thing Heart learned was to become selfless.
She said, “Pagdating sa marriage, you both help each other. Kung sino ang mas angat, mas nangunguna sa karera, hindi ka dapat selfish not to help the other one.
“Be practical. Don't be selfish, be selfless.
“You don't save for yourself, but you save for your family and your future first.”
Heart also pointed out, “Pagdating kasi sa pera minsan nagiging selfish tayo. Pero kapag kasal ka na, iba na.”
While it's very important to help your spouse with the family's financial needs, Heart noted that it's also imperative to reward yourself once in a while.
“I make sure naman din na because I work so hard, sobrang hirap din ng trabaho, kailangan ko rin naman bigyan ang sarili ko ng prize naman from time to time,” she said.
“That's very important because you only live once, you need to live a happy life din—whether that's traveling or gift giver ka—you just have to treat yourself from time to time.”
In conclusion, Heart left this reminder to married people, “Basta ang importante is you save your money and mas masarap matulog sa gabi nang may savings kaysa bumili ka ng kung anu-ano.
“Parang hindi ka na makatulog sa gabi dahil bukas ang dami mong babayaran.”