Category: Frugal Week Planner

Frugal Week Planner for 14 Dec to 20 Dec 2016

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Have you checked out the Really Really Free Market yet? Here’s your chance for an early “Christmas”!

Still looking for Christmas gifts? How about instead of spending money to buy a gift, exchange something you don’t want or need for a gift? If you haven’t visited the Really Really Free Market monthly meetup, here’s your chance. They are meeting this Sunday. You can also check out the “free” or “barter” section on Gumtree and Craigslist, but you’ll have to be quick with your replies.

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 7 Dec to 13 Dec 2016

Photo by MBS
Have you seen the 13-minute free light and sound water display at Marina Bay?
Photo by MBS

Since its inception in 2011, more than 4 million people from all over the world have experienced Wonder Full, the spectacular lights and sound show by the Marina Bay waterfront. This13-minute show runs daily at 8pm and 9pm, with an additional show at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Where else can you see such a beautiful display for free? Here are some more frugal events for you to consider this week:

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 30 Nov to 6 Dec 2016

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay opens this weekend.

We’re fast approaching the end of 2016. With the holiday season upon us, there’s no shortage of pop-up markets and gift fairs, along with other festivals and activities. Please be reminded that the events mentioned here are just a partial listing, and that there are other free/frugal activities happening elsewhere. Some good places to look for interesting and fun activities include your local library, community centres, museums, and parks.

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 23 Nov to 29 Nov 2016

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Two legends (in their own domain) are here in Singapore this weekend.
(Source: Youtube and Sambriggs)

This Friday is Black Friday, the one day of binge shopping that occurs (ironically) the day after the American holiday, Thanksgiving. But if you decide to celebrate the holidays in a different way this year (and I certainly challenge you to do so), then you might want to check out some of the events listed below instead of trying to find the cheapest freight forwarding service to Singapore. Besides this list, there are two other notable events happening this weekend but they are both ticketed. Neon Lights will be at Fort Canning and Anime Festival Asia (AFA) will be at Suntec. The legendary Sugarhill Gang, the pioneers of hip-hop, will be at Neon Lights, while the PPAP guy, Piko Taro, will be at AFA. And if it were up to me, I’d love to see them in the same venue in an epic song and dance battle.

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 16 Nov to 22 Nov 2016

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Think 2016 has been the worst year ever?
(Source: Rehman Siddiq’s tweet)

The school holidays are here again, Orchard Road is beautifully lit, and Thanksgiving (the American holiday) is just around the corner. Many believe that this year, with all its changes and surprises, is one of the worst years in history, but with Thanksgiving coming, I feel there’s always something to be grateful for. You may not feel gratitude for a particular situation – perhaps you lost your job, had a bad breakup, or a health crisis – but you can feel gratitude while in a particular situation. Here’s a list of some good things that actually happened this year.

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 9 Nov to 15 Nov 2016

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Finally, the Clinton-Trump reality show has ended.
(Photo by brunosuras)

Heraclitus said that the “only thing that is constant is change”. Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. Meanwhile, the rules for electing our nation’s president will undergo changes in the near future. As President Tony Tan recently commented, the “key to the effective functioning of our system”…”is built on mutual trust and respect.” No matter the outcome of either presidential election, my hope is that the elected leaders will help foster more trust and respect among their people, which hopefully will lead to more stability, graciousness, unity, sustainability, and security.

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 2 Nov to 8 Nov 2016

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It’ll all be over in less than a week, that is, until 2 years later when it starts all over again.
(Photo by Ingmar Zahorsky)

Are you experiencing US election fatigue? If I was still in the States, there would be a deluge of daily updates on every channel and in every newspaper for the last 644 days! The US elections have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and it’s no wonder that American politicians spend nearly every day of their political workday fundraising in some way (as opposed to doing actual legislative work). I’m so glad Singapore’s elections are not so obsessed with fundraising or have the tendency to last 21 months. But it’ll all be over on 8 Nov. For those people who do not follow US politics, here are some frugal (and more sane) activities this week. As a reminder, the Frugal Week Planners are just partial listings of free/frugal events; there are many other frugal events at community centres, museums, libraries, and parks that are not listed here.

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 26 Oct to 1 Nov 2016

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Wishing you and your family a very happy Diwali & new year.

Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is once again upon us. As a public holiday, there will be open houses at the Istana and the museums and heritage centres, including the Indian Heritage Centre and the National Gallery. This week also has lots of frugal Halloween-related events (see this post), and the return of Car Free Sunday.

 

 

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Frugal Week Planner for 12 Oct to 18 Oct 2016

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Here are some frugal events for the week.

As mentioned in Parliament earlier this week, Singapore is facing a lot of challenges regarding the global economic slowdown, low job growth, preparing its people for the future, and an ageing population. These are challenges that people in nearly all parts of the world are also experiencing, but fortunately for us, our “government is prepared to consider introducing a range of contingency measures, depending on the nature and severity of the downturn.” In these uncertain times, it becomes more important to adopt frugality, not only to save money for emergencies, but also to learn to find enjoyment in things that don’t require spending a lot of money. You might come to realise that there’s no shortage of things to do in Singapore, and here are some suggestions:

 

 

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