Money & Time Saving Tips (When Renewing a License)

Time is GOLD so as your MONEY. Every day, we have to make a conscious effort to save even just a few coins and our precious time. At the end of the year, you’d be surprise at how much your piggy bank contains.

Last Monday, I had the chance to visit one of the renewal centers of LTO (Land Transportation Office). I am so glad that there’s one nearby where I reside! Yipppeeee! ๐Ÿ™‚

Despite its proximity, I still wasn’t able to save money and, sad to say, time. That’s why I came up with this post to serve as a reminder to those who are about to take the same process and to myself, too.

First. Renew your license (or any document that needs renewal) before it expires.

It won’t hurt to check your license’s expiration date and make a list of their dates where you get constantly reminded. Most of the time, the expiration falls on your birthday. In my case, I was so dumb not to notice that my license had expired. It was only when the bank teller asked me to present another valid I.D. that I realized it. If only I knew it before it has expired, then I would have saved 75.00 (even more for other licenses).

Second. Bring your own pen.

It has not been my habit to bring a pen with me every time I leave home (at least when I finished studying). So this goes to those who have the same habit. You have two options in case you find yourself not having an ink. One, spot a person who has a pen or wait for the person next to you finish filling that application sheet. Two, go buy a pen worth 10 to 20 pesos which is actually only 5 pesos when bought from a local store. Both of these are waste of time and money. It doesn’t have to be your fountain pen, you know? Next time you need to renew or apply for a license, bring a pen and save 20.00 and 5 minutes.

Third. Bring candies and biscuits.

You’d never know how long the queue is or how quick the teller functions. So better bring with you something to silently munch on while waiting for your turn. This will save you from buying those 25 to 100 pesos worth of snacks, especially if the booth is located inside the mall.

Fourth. Bring a small bottle of water.

This is very important if you’ll be renewing your license that requires drug test or urine sampleย  (like the driver’s license). If possible, drink water on your way there so that you’re ready to pee anytime the specimen needs to be collected. This lets you save 30 to 40 minutes of your time (if you’ll go there not having the urge) plus 25 to 30.00 for not buying bottled water from the booth.

Fifth. Have all important digits written down on a paper or saved on your mobile phone.

Different agencies have different identification number. Of course, we can’t expect ourselves to have everything memorized. So make sure that you keep a copy of the list of these myriad number combination inside your wallet or on your phone so that you’re ready to write it down any time the form requires it. This will save you like 10 to 20 minutes by not calling your house help or relatives at home and start rummaging your file for those digits that you need. It’s also going to save you like 10 pesos if you’re not on unlimited call.

Sixth. If all possible, renew your license at the same time you need to buy something from the mall or do the grocery.

Again, this is applicable, most especially, for renewal centers located inside the mall. This will save you a range of 10 to 100 pesos, even more than that, depending on the location of the center. Imagine if you will do it on two separate days, then that would mean you have to spend money for your fare or gas. While waiting for the result, you can start ticking off the items on your grocery list, and for sure, once your done, your license is ready to go and that saved you time.

To sum it all up, this saves you almost 1 to 2 hours and 100 to 300 pesos. That’s already a box of treats for the kids or for family members.ย  All steps might not be necessary but I hope you still find them helpful and thoughtful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Is there anything you want to add here? Feel free to leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚