Category: Shopping

Expand your Digital Library with More than 30,000 FREE Kindle Books

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Never run out of reading material again.

In addition to getting free ebooks and audiobooks from National Library Board’s Overdrive (which has just increased borrowing limits), you can get tons of free books from Amazon which you can read on your phone using the free Kindle app. All you need is an Amazon account (does not require subscription to Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited). And with Amazon arriving in Singapore early next year, you might want to just create an account anyway. (more…)

Clothing at “Daiso” Prices

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Where to find clothes that cost less than the public transport fare.

I imagine that if Daiso sold clothing (other than socks, hats, and ties), it would look similar to what you’d see at Needle Boutique (aka Doc John Alteration Services). At this shop in Lucky Plaza, you’ll find an assortment of t-shirts, jean shorts and skirts for $1, $2 and 3 for $10, respectively. Their prices are similar to what you’d pay at thrift shops. Needle Boutique also sells similarly priced accessories, including shoes at $5. This shop has been around since 1999, and the owner, Doc John has been a tailor for nearly 3 decades. Here are some photos and other details about the shop: (more…)

Discrimination & Stereotypes – Why Looking Rich Won’t Make You Rich

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If you look like a million bucks, you might be targeted.
(Photo by Jonathan Mueller)

All of us use stereotypes and other pattern-recognition techniques (whether we admit it or not) because our mind needs to take shortcuts; otherwise, we’d be inundated with too much info, enough for us to go insane. And others will use stereotypes on us, whether they are accurate or not. Our demographic data, occupation, habits, and appearance are used by others to quickly speculate and derive additional information about us such as our spending desires and spending potential. And now with each of us leaving a trail of data for marketers to mine and analyse, we leave ourselves open to be discriminated upon financially. Discriminatory practices in pricing have always been in existence, but now they can be even more sophisticated. (more…)

Your Stuff Spends Money Without You Knowing It

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The cost of a handphone doesn’t just include the price tag and service contract.
(Photo by Luke Wroblewski.)

When you see an item for sale, you usually think of it as a one-off purchase. When somebody asks you how much, say, your microwave costs, you usually will respond with whatever you paid to buy it. You typically don’t think that items, such as your microwave, have “ongoing overhead expenses”, but they do – all items do! In my last post, we discussed how to get stuff (in particular, furniture) for free. This week, let’s talk about how stuff, even so-called free things that were #OOTD (Out Of the Dumpster), are not really free. The microwave, for example, if left on standby, will consume more electricity than when in actual use (i.e, heating food), according to the Economist. Many other devices are also this way. All your stuff has an ongoing expense tab. (more…)

Furnish Your Home for Free with #OOTD

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I hope my #OOTD will inspire you to have your own!

I recently moved to another home, and in the process of moving and documenting all my belongings, I realised that the majority of my furniture pieces were obtained FOC (free of charge). No, they were not given to me, at least not knowingly. I’ve never met any of the previous owners. In the course of 5 years, I’ve collected 14 pieces of furniture, which account for nearly 70% of all the furniture I have in total, along with a myriad of other knick-knacks that I’ve salvaged. What does this have to do with #OOTD? Well in my world, #OOTD stands for Out Of The Dumpster. Want to see my #OOTD collection? (more…)

Why the Biggest Fashion Influencer in Singapore is an 80-Year-old Grandfather

How could something so pretty and glamorous be so ugly and harmful?

Viola and Velda Tan, Rachel Lim, Andrea Chong, and Willabelle Ong are all small fish compared to this fashion juggernaut, except that you probably never have heard of him before. You’ve seen his designs and maybe even have some of his clothing in your closet. His name is Amancio Ortega. And what does this 80-year-old Spanish grandfather know about fashion and the kinds of things young Singaporeans want? Enough to make him (at one time) the richest person in the world. (more…)

Get Groceries, Snacks, Alcohol, Baby Supplies, or Your Next Meal Delivered to Your Home for Free with Honestbee – plus a $10 off code

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Save time, energy and money with honestbee.

Honestbee, since their launch about a year ago, has rapidly gained popularity and has recently added more stores and restaurants to their platform. Their motto is speed, accuracy, and quality. They offer same-day delivery on your favourite grocery products, beverages, or meals from up to 21 different stores/restaurants (and counting), including NTUC, Cold Storage, The Butcher’s Dog, Jones the Grocer, Joe & Dough, Watsons, and even Ben & Jerry’s. Unlike other grocery delivery services, honestbee has 6 major advantages: (more…)

A New Online Eyewear Store with Free Optometry Services

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Where can you get discount contact lenses and a FREE eye exam?

I started wearing contacts a little more than a decade ago. It was at that time that lots of online shops for contacts started appearing in the US. Besides convenience, buying online was also less expensive, but when I moved here, I was surprised that very few people purchased their contacts online (only about 5% in Singapore, as compared to 50% in the States). Seechic, a new online eyewear store, wants to change this and bring you the same convenience and savings as I got from when I was living in the US. But they take it one step further – they give you a FREE eye checkup!

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A Hidden Neighborhood Thrift Shop Worth Checking Out

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This shop is a hidden gem and very easy to miss.

Although this shop has been around for nearly a decade, many people (even those who pass by it daily) may not be aware of its existence. This is in part due to the fact that it is both a thrift shop and a church. Yes, the two businesses share the same building and the same entrance. The Rock of Salvation Church congregation meets in the back room of the thrift shop. The shop has plenty of clothing, accessories, and bric-a-brac, some furniture, and many small home appliances. Here’s why I think this thrift shop is worth checking out:

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Why Qoo10 Is Better than Amazon – A Complete Guide to Qoo10

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Here are 10 reasons why Qoo10’s marketplace beats Amazon’s.

While in the US, Amazon was my go-to online marketplace for just about anything I wanted to buy at a competitive price – clothes, furniture, books, household goods, electronics, personal care items, and even food – but here in Singapore, we have something just as good as Amazon (and in many ways, even better than Amazon). We have Qoo10 (pronounced Q-ten). Like Amazon, Qoo10 has a wide range of products, there are sales and “daily deals” that entice you to buy using the scarcity tactic, and you can also shop via their app. And also like Amazon, you can use coupons. So why do I think it’s better? Here are 10 reasons. (more…)