Category: Health

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Medications

If you think you’re paying too much for medication, here are some things to consider that might save you money.

If you are taking a medication for a chronic condition (hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.), there’s a chance that you might be paying more than you actually need to pay. You might be able to get the same type of drug to treat the same condition for a mere fraction of the cost. And I’m not just talking about choosing generic over brand name. There’s something that’s even better than that, something that most Singaporeans are not aware of. (more…)

Free ActiveSG $100 Credit for Use at Pools, Gyms & Sports Centres

Get unlimited use of ActiveSG gyms for an entire year – FREE!

For a limited time, if you sign up for a free ActiveSG membership, you can get $100 in credit which can be used at any of the sports facilities in the ActiveSG network, including the new Singapore Sports Hub. You can use the credit toward the MyActiveGYM or MyActiveSWIM Schemes, which allow for unlimited access to gyms and pools, respectively. Members also get priority booking of facilities, complementary trial classes, and invitation to exclusive member events. (more…)

Where to Go for a Cheap Massage (with No Hard Selling)

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An affordable full body massage with no up selling and no hard selling.

There’s a newly opened spa along North Bridge Road in the Kampong Glam area called King Leisure Spa, and their prices are very reasonable! The best thing about them is that it’s a no-up-selling, no-hard-selling, and no-fuss kind of place. Their prices are clearly stated and you don’t need to go through the usual “consultant” (a.k.a. salesperson) before getting right down to business.


Free Group Workouts & Games Every Sunday

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Join HPB’s free group fitness classes every Sunday morning.

Health Promotion Board’s Sundays @ the Park Programme, which started last August at Chua Chu Kang & Sembawang Parks will be expanding to Sengkang Riverside and Sun Plaza (Tampines) Parks starting this Sunday, 12 Oct through 14 Dec from 8-10.30am. Here’s your chance to try Zumba, Bollyrobics, Bhangra and Piloxing, a new fitness craze that is a fusion of standing pilates, boxing and dance. (more…)

Can Afford a Gym Membership? Join One of Many Free Group Fitness Classes Instead

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HPB’s “Sundays in the Park” programme is a frugal way to stay fit and healthy.

If you ever wanted to try Zumba, kickboxing, or Bollywood, Bhangra and Kpop dancing, but didn’t want to commit to a series of classes at a CC or gym, the Health Promotion Board is offering a free programme called “Sundays @ the Park” at Choa Chu Kang and Sembawang Park every Sunday morning from now through Oct 5.


To Smokers: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

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Quitting isn’t easy, but it is possible with the right mindset, plan, and support system.

Having lived most of my life in California, where it is illegal to smoke in your own vehicle (in the presence of children), in bars, and even in your own home if you live in certain cities (e.g., San Rafael), when I moved here, I had to make a huge adjustment. It seemed that everywhere I went, there were always smokers nearby. I try my best to stay away from them, having suffered some of the health effects of secondhand smoke from my early childhood. According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the number of smokers has increased alarmingly to about 1 in 6 adults. The cost to society (healthcare, hospitalization, loss productivity, early death) is a staggering number, but what exactly is the cost to the individual? And what are some ways to quit or help someone to quit?


4 Reasons why Donating Blood is Frugal & Beneficial to You

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Giving blood is as good for you as it is for the recipient.

We’ve all heard that donating blood can save up to 3 lives and can help in research and studies. Patients with anemia, cancer, bone marrow disorders, and those who need blood transfusions depend on the generosity of blood donors. What you might not know is that donating also is very beneficial to the donor. Here are 4 health benefits of donating blood.


How Fasting can be both Frugal and Good for Your Health

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We live at a time and in a place where food is all around us, and more people suffer from obesity than from starvation.

We are now in the Holy Month of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims will fast during daylight hours, starting usually before 6am all the way until about 7:30pm. This is what some refer to as intermittent fasting (IF), which has gained a lot of popularity recently for its health and potential weight loss benefits. I have been practicing IF a few times a week for at least a couple of years now, but I do it at different times, from 7pm all the way until noon the next day (it’s not hard to fast during the hours you’re asleep!). Then once every 2 weeks, I do a complete 30 hour fast, and have nothing but liquids. From my personal experience, though it has not always been easy, IF has been very helpful in terms of health maintenance, frugality, and I would even say, spirituality. Here’s why:


How the Cost of Living in Singapore Compares to the US (part 4)

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The cost of healthcare is rising, but how does it compare to other places?

4. Healthcare: My personal experience with healthcare in the two countries is somewhat limited, but I have researched various healthcare issues from different angles in my ongoing attempt to live frugally. As an adult, I have never been warded in either country. But I have had plenty of outpatient and pharmacy visits. Healthcare is a very broad topic, so I will divide it into four separate categories – outpatient & urgent care, inpatient care, medications, and healthcare insurance.


Where to Get a Cheap, Effective, Quality Massage without the Sales Pitch

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Fuss-free massages don’t have to be expensive.

After being a massage virgin until the ripe age of 32, I never thought I would be someone who would need regular visits to a massage therapist. But once I experienced how good it made me feel and how truly therapeutic it was, I decided to make it part of my monthly wellness budget. Many of my friends told me that in order to get a good quality massage, you would have to buy a spa package, which could cost over $1000. They told me that I could go for a one-time promotional trial, typically priced at $30 to $50, but most places that offer these trials will not let you leave until they use hard selling tactics to get you to buy their expensive packages. Personally, I’ve visited a few of these places to try their services and successfully avoided their hard sells (please refer to my previous post entitled “How to Get Out of a Hard Sell“). But instead of constantly having to go from one promo to the next, fortunately, I found a place that not only refrains from any hard selling, but also offers quality massages at an extremely affordable price. (more…)