[This abridged article was contributed by bankbazaar] Do you always find yourself struggling with heavy and bulk bags of groceries after shopping at the supermarket? Have an allergy to crowds or long queues? Well, that’s why online grocery stores are all the rage now. With a few clicks, you can stock up on your necessities and have it delivered as soon as two hours later. Besides convenience, shopping online also means less impulse buying. Try walking down aisles of products with tempting packaging and sale labels without getting something you didn’t need. (more…)
We all know there are many things that are cheaper across the causeway in JB (Johor Bahru), but to get there requires at least 1 hour (and sometimes, 3 hours) of travel through the immigration checkpoint. Considering the time and effort involved, I’m always on the lookout for faster, cheaper, and more convenient ways to make the journey. And because I can’t have a carload of goods to bring back home with me (mainly because I don’t have a car), I have to be selective on what I buy that would justify the trip there. Here’s what I do.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I mentioned in a previous article, the stuff that you own continuously consumes money, space, and/or resources, whether you actually use it or not. It’s not always ideal to buy and own something (and this includes property). Often an item is bought to ensure access to it, but sufficient access can be achieved without all the downsides of ownership, such as the purchase cost, burden of full responsibility, and underutilisation, where the item sits around collecting dust. Collective consumption, where there are many users who share access, reduces the downsides of ownership and is also more eco-friendly. This is where the Lendor App comes in, as it connects suppliers of rental assets with consumers who wish to borrow those assets. Here’s why you should try them. (more…)
Where can you buy gently used yet fashionable clothing at up to 70% off retail shops? Where can you find a huge selection of trendy, designer styles as well as every day basics that are branded, trendy, clean and in good condition? At Refash, where “Twice never looked so good”! And this is also where you can go to sell your gently used clothing which don’t fit you or suit your needs anymore. They’ll sell your items for you (under a consignment sale) and pay you a percentage.
Look inside your closets, cabinets, and storage spaces, and you’ll find plenty of things that you own but you rarely use. There are even some items that you probably spent more time acquiring them (deciding, researching, browsing, shopping, buying, setting up, etc.) than you spent actually using them. Such things might include power tools, kitchen appliances, and clothing for special occasions. It may also include hobby, exercise, or sports equipment, (which you may have taken a hiatus from). For whatever reason, we all are guilty of buying and having too much stuff. And this stuff spends our money without us even knowing it. But there’s a way to recoup some of that money. (more…)