Find The Best “Lobangs” with Lobang King

In the past, whenever friends asked for tips on how to save money dining out at restaurants, I would tell them about Fave and eatigo. Fave, which acquired Groupon earlier this year, has great restaurant voucher deals. They also have deals on other lifestyle categories including spas, salons, gyms, and travel. Eatigo, my other go-to discount dining app, gives you discounts depending on the time you dine. You get higher discounts (up to 60% off) when you dine off-peak. But for people who don’t like the hassle of using pre-paid vouchers or can’t shift their lunch hour to a later time, there’s another app that promises great deals with virtually no strings attached – Lobang King Club.   (more…)

Where to Fix Your Broken Items For Free

Did you know that most “broken” appliances only need a minor repair to become functioning again, and often this fix takes less than 20 minutes? I have saved countless appliances just by replacing a fuse, cleaning out coils (from a refrigerator), replacing hinges, soldering a joint where 2 wires came loose, or swapping motherboards (for a mobile phone and a dryer). These repairs may sound complicated, but most are really pretty simple. All these repairs took just a bit of my time, a bit of money (the cost of the part), but saved me from having to buy a new appliance altogether.

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The One Thing About My Marriage that Shocks People

An old friend that I’ve known since primary school is getting married this weekend, exactly one week from my own anniversary. Whether to get married, and more importantly, who to marry, is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. Marriage can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on your well-being, happiness, fulfillment in life, health, and of course, your finances. On the flip side, getting divorced is ranked as one of the top traumatic, stressful, and financially devastating events.

I married young, right after graduating uni. And while many “young marriages” lead to divorce, I’m grateful that ours has stayed strong after all these years. It has been a critical component of many positive outcomes we’ve seen in our lives. I owe a lot of its strength and success to this one very unconventional thing we do as a couple. When I tell people, it often shocks them (don’t worry, it’s not kinky).

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What to do on National Day

Check out the Frugal Week Planner – National Day Edition (click on “Frugal Events” from the main menu, or click here), for a complete guide on frugal, fun, and free things to do on National Day. This Frugal Week Planner is published on a weekly basis, and is a curated list of frugal activities. You can also sign up to receive this list automatically on a weekly basis by entering your email into the “Like This Content?” box.  

$2 Shops that are Alternatives to Daiso

There’s just one thing that I really don’t like about Daiso – you can’t give someone a gift without them knowing exactly how much you spent. It really doesn’t matter how good, functional, or well made the item is, once people realise it’s from Daiso, their perception of quality (of the item and maybe even of the giver) seems to diminish. That “Daiso Japan” label is on every one of their items, and for gift giving purposes, it might as well say “Cheapo”. Fortunately, there are other places where you can get household goods, personal care items, stationary, Japanese snacks, and other knick-knacks at the bargain price of $2. And nobody has to know how much you spent.

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Get Screened for Cervical Cancer – Free Until 31 August

My friend’s mother passed from cervical cancer at age 50. At the time, my friend and I had just graduated from uni. It came as a great shock because my friend’s father was a renowned TCM doctor. But it turned out that her mother never had a Pap smear before. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, up to 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by proper screening and other preventative measures.
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PayNow Successfully Launches – Sign Up Today and Get Bonuses

Whether you need to pay for goods & services, for rent, or split the dining bill, you can now instantly send cash to others just by knowing their mobile number or NRIC. This new service is called PayNow, and it allows individuals to send and receive money securely without having to know or enter bank account details. Instead, all you need is a linked mobile number or NRIC. This service is available across the 7 major banks in Singapore, and if you sign up today, you can get in on some sweet bonuses. 

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Honestbee’s New Family Market will Save You Time & Money!

Just a few decades ago, only the very wealthy were fortunate enough to have personal shoppers and “go-fers” who ran errands for them. In today’s on-demand gig economy, now anyone from a working mum to a full-time caregiver can have a personal shopper. Honestbee provides these services, and they’ve just opened a new online shop called Family Market. Family Market provides for all your family essentials, at “the day’s best price”, saving you both time and money! There are absolutely no markups, so even if the retail store price is higher, you’ll get “the day’s best price” online through Honestbee.

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Give & Get FREE Stuff through Freecycle, Freegle, ReUseIt and Full Circles Groups – Now in 1 Combined App

We live in an age of consumerism and excess, where perfectly useful and functioning items are discarded daily. While it’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the challenge has always been the logistics of having the two parties find each other. Fortunately, today we have many means of connecting. And with the Trash Nothing App, you can browse, chat, or post to the most popular local freecycling networks including Freecycle, Freegle, ReUseIt, and Full Circles. This app facilitates the exchange of free goods, including computers, furniture, books and more.

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Don’t Wait to Use Your SkillsFuture Credit

Change is uncomfortable but necessary for growth. Although emerging technologies have disrupted many jobs, they have also opened up new careers that didn’t exist before. When doctors now enter medical school, they are told that much of what they learn will be obsolete within a few years of graduation. The rate of change in this world is accelerating, and everything we know or are comfortable with has a shorter “expiration date”. These are just the circumstances we live in today, whether we like it or not. And although we may have already finished our formal education and started our careers, we now need to become lifetime learners, acquiring new skills while we are still gainfully employed. This allows us to remain relevant despite the widening digital divide and rapidly changing employment landscape.

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