“Stick to your souvenir and pasalubong budget. Just walk away (Ouch at just walk away) no matter how cute the item is if you’re beyond your budget.”
But very true, proven enough. I haven’t overspent in any of my trips though when it comes to souvenirs, as for me they’re not souvenirs but merchandise.
First time hearing about Dreamtrips but them giving a refund of 150% if you find a better deal than what they offer sounds really inviting. And with couchsurfing.org, this is a really good catch too but for group travelers, though this won’t be that useful to me as I often go to trips alone.
Then again, it’s all about planning and budgeting unless you’ve got a lot to spare that budgeting and planning are out of your concerns (Mapera).