How to Invest Your 5,000 Pesos

March 30, 2016

I am so excited for today’s blog post because finally I will be covering an investment topic. All of us want to get rich one day and a step you can take to secure a better finances tomorrow is investing today. 

But how can you invest with just 5,000 pesos?

I chose the magic 5,000 pesos for a couple of reason. One, it is the easiest amount of money you can save. Two, a lot of investment vehicle offers this initial money option perfect for beginners. In today’s post I will be revealing the investments you can make with 5,000pesos.

But first, what type of investor are you?

I think it is important to assess the type of investor you are before any investments. Determining this will guide you on the kind of investments you’ll make that will maximize your potential income. 

There are basically three types of investors namely those who are conservative, balanced and dynamic.

Conservatives take low risk when in comes to investing their money. They love to invest on a portfolio that provides steady income with low risk. They get easily afraid of losing money and so they give a very firm financial decision at all times. 

  • A good investment option for persons who are conservative will be a time deposit, special  savings account and some government securities. 

Balanced people are on the medium risk tolerance. They like capital appreciation but knows it will take time. They also have enough money on their special savings account or emergency fund that they don’t need return of investment in near future. 

  • A good investment you can make with your 5,000 pesos will be trying out direct stock market but investing only on blue chips stocks. These stocks are from long established companies that will remain in 10-20 years and has proven track record.

Dynamic People are described as the type who take the highest risk when it comes to their investment choices. They love focusing their wealth on emerging markets like those who manage small and young companies. 

  • A good investment is stock market but doing the whole trading process.

How to Determine What Kind of Investor Are You?

Below are some quick questions you can ask your self to successfully determine what kind of investor you are.

How old are you?

People who are young will have a lot of room for risks in the investment world while older ones will surely need to be careful in where they invest their money. 

Up to how long are you willing to wait for your investments to grow?

Some can wait up to 5 years, others 10 years while there are others who can wait until retirement to harvest their investments.

What level of risk are you willing to risk?

Are you the type who’s on always on the safe zone or someone who love to take some risk and do rare financial decision?

Now How Far Will Your 5,000 pesos Go In Terms of Investing?

  1. Invest in your first mutual fund account
Mutual Fund is a perfect starting point for beginners. You basically let a private financial institution manage your money and do all the stock trading for you. I got my first personal experience in investing through FAMI-Save And Learn Equity Fund. Below are some posts that can help you:

Other Mutual Fund You Can Check:

  •           Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund
  •           ATRKE Philippine Balanced Fund      
  •           ALFM Growth Fund, Inc. 
  •           Philequity Fund
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  1. Invest in a UITF instead

UITF are like Mutual Fund but unlike a private financial company, your money will be managed by the bank of your choice. I made a couple of blog posts about UITF investment you may want to check:

I have yet decided to diversify my investment through UITF but you can check out the following accounts:
  • BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds consisting of BPI Investment Funds and Odyssey Funds. More detailed blog post soon.
  • PNB Unit Investment Trust Fund. Click HERE for my review.
  • Security Bank Unit Investment Trust Fund. Click HERE for my review.

          I also like to add the BDO Unit Investment Trust Fund but starting an account requires 10,000 pesos instead. Click HERE for my review.

  1. Invest in a Direct Stock Market

If you like a hands-on experience on how stock market works then try investing directly without any private company or bank managing your money. The government encourage every Pinoy to invest so the initial money required is just 5,000 pesos. 

Below are platforms you can try:

  • COL Financial, which is the most famous online platform available. 
  • BPI Trade which has no minimum investment amount needed but of course you need to fund your account in order to start trading. 
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  1. Invest in a Life Plan
My parents started investing on a St. Peter Life Plan by courage. I am so proud that they have finished paying for their accounts and now investing on a memorial lot. All of us in the family are now investing in a St. Peter Life Plan. READ: Is St. Peter Life Plan a Good Investment.

  1. Invest in a Health Insurance
A health insurance is an investment you can make for yourself, your family and your future family. The amount you’ll pay depends on your age and profile but nowadays company have the best options to suit your budget. If you have an HMO under your company then you are blessed however if you want a better health care or you want one for your family then you can start investing with 5,000 pesos. 
  1. Invest in a Business
5,000 pesos is still a good amount to start a business. You can make a BBQ store if you live near the sidewalk. You can also sell other street food that children will surely like. READ: 3 Business Ideas You Can Easily Start

Other business ideas include direct selling through Avon, Natasha or Sophie. You can also start investing in Multi Level Marketing as long as you know the risks it will take. READ: Tips on Joing Multi Level Marketing (MLM)
  1. Invest in Yourself
Something that I always include as part of good investment is the one where you will benefit much on a personal level. 5,000 pesos can be used to enroll in a class for your advancement. You can also use the amount and start traveling and experiencing life and its wonders. READ: 7 Ways You Can Invest in Yourself


5,000 pesos is everything you need to start your journey in the investment world. Make sure that in everything you do you have full research and knowledge on the risks. There’s no easy and quick way to become rich not until you take action and try for yourself. It will always be nice to start as early as possible when it comes to investing.

Are you ready to invest your 5,000pesos?

Clariza Glino

Izza of SavingsPinay helps Filipinos bridge the financial literacy gap one content at a time by providing insights and tips on budgeting, saving, investing, side hustle and growing your net worth. Aside from this blog she also writes at, a beauty and lifestyle blog for frugal Pinays and manages,, a wedding and event business since 2011. For inquiries, topic suggestions or future collaborations email her at

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