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Smart Budol is Real: 4 Smart Home Goodies for Less than ₱1,000

Apr 11, 2022 by


By Karess Rubrico

3 min read


Your smart home journey doesn’t need to be spendy. If you’re curious about transitioning to a smart home, but don’t have extra cash to spare, you can start small with these budget-friendly smart finds that you can buy on your next payout.

Check out these wallet-friendly finds!

We’ve scoured Shopee and Lazada for some of the most quality yet inexpensive budol to help you transition to the smart life, keep your WFH setup productive, and slay your health goals for the year. Here are some of our picks!

Plug into the future with smart plugs

A smart plug, simply put, turns your regular, ordinary appliances into “smart” devices. Once your device is plugged in, you can control your unit’s power supply through your smartphone. Through the smart socket’s accompanying app, you can also program when certain appliances can switch on or off at different times of the day. Smart plugs are also energy efficient and won’t add unnecessary expenses to your Meralco bill.

Lasco’s Smart WiFi Eco Plug does the job for you for only ₱299, but note that this smart adaptor cannot be used on extension cords; you need to plug it directly into a wall outlet.


From Lasco at Shopee Mall

If you’re willing to spend a bit more on more advanced smart plug features, you need to add the Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug to your cart, stat!

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Photo from Mi Official Website

Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug

  • Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Net weight: 0.14 lbs
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Input: 120V~, 60Hz, 15A Max
  • Output: 120V~, 15A, 1800W(resistive)
  • Supported systems: Devices running Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 or above

Other than the usual functions of a smart socket, the Mi Smart Plug is also heat-resistant and manufactured with a three-layer safety mechanism to prevent possible accidents. This nifty device also comes with a built-in sensor that notifies you when temperature increases occur. The power supply immediately gets cut off when the device temperature reaches a certain level. Prices for the Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug start at ₱495.

Light up your home the smart way with smart bulbs

Now, you can turn up your home lighting a notch with a smart bulb. Other than being remotely controlled by your smartphone, smart bulbs have a myriad of colors you can choose from. They can be dimmable, too. On- and off-times can be scheduled depending on your sleep and wake time.

Aside from the usual features, TP-Link Tapo L530E can be preset for your convenience. If you find your favorite lighting while watching movies, reading a book, or relaxing after a long day, you can simply save it as a setting and use it again for future reference. Sunrise and sunset modes also allow you to activate your light according to your time zone. TP-Link’s Tapo Smart Bulb is available on Lazada for ₱519.


Photo from tp-link.com

Keep your WFH desk tidy with this cable management tool

Cords on our WFH setups can be an eyesore, but the Stance Cable Management Spine ensures that your desk is clean and clutter-free! What’s more, this tool is easy to install and highly versatile. For ₱1,000, this wire organizer is a must-have on your workstation. (Stance offers free shipping, too, so you really don’t need to spend anything more!)

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Photo from stancephilippines.com

Get healthy, the smart “weigh”

Staying healthy the smart way doesn’t just mean using wearable technology. Now, you can keep track of your health and fitness goals with Xioami’s Mi Body Composition Scale.


Photo from mi.com

According to Xiaomi, the Mi Body Composition Scale tracks and monitors “10 health metrics that matter.” In addition to weight, the device records and analyzes our BMI, bone and muscle mass, body fat, and water volume, as these numbers comprise our overall health and fitness.

Data is then automatically recorded onto the Mi Fitness app, where you can easily track your progress. For all its powerful functions, Xiaomi’s smart scale retails on Lazada for ₱899—a worthwhile investment for our health and well-being.

Like our smart budol finds? Follow us for more!

Our smart finds may be budget-friendly, but they’re also great ways you can get started into the smart home lifestyle. Now, you’re well into making your home more automated, efficient, and convenient. Follow Next Upgrade on YouTube for more smart finds and reviews!


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Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.



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