Category: Shopping

What You’ll Find at Salvation Army Praisehaven Thrift Store

Finally, one of the largest thrift stores in Singapore is easily accessible!

With the opening of the new stations on the Downtown Line, it’s now easier than ever to get to Salvation Army’s Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store (located at Hillview Exit A). Out of all their thrift stores (there are 5 of them), this one is by far the largest, and thanks to the DTL, it’s probably the most convenient one to get to. Here are some things they have that make the trip worthwhile. (more…)

Why Money Resolutions Fail

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Who’s driving these luxury cars? The answer may surprise you.

It’s that of year again when we, with all our good intentions, list all the various health, self-improvement, and financial goals that we aim to achieve in the coming 12 months. Each year, the same New Year’s resolutions appear – make healthier food choices, exercise regularly, spend less, save more – yet most resolutions are broken within the first 2 weeks. It seems that we all know exactly what we need to do, but the knowledge-behavioural gap is wide, and translating what we know into actions is where we fail. So here are some ways in which this gap might be lessened, at least when it comes to meeting our financial goals. (more…)

Fresh may NOT always be better

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Save money and minimize food waste by buying “reduced to clear” items.

Although I was an “extreme couponer” when I was living in the States, there were simply no coupons available for fresh produce, which for a health-conscious person like myself, made up the vast majority of my food expenses. So to save money on vegetables, dairy products, fruit, eggs, and meat, I would frequently shop at the “reduce to clear” sections of the store or at a place called Grocery Outlet, a store dedicated to overstocked, discontinued, “b” stock, and soon-to-expire groceries. Unfortunately, a place like Grocery Outlet does not exist in Singapore (yet), but there are some stores that offer “reduce to clear” produce and meats that are worth checking out. (more…)

How to Save on Your Groceries at NTUC, Giant, Sheng Siong & Cold Storage

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With self checkout, memberships, credit cards, and senior discounts, how much can you save on groceries?

As a former “extreme couponer”, I’ve had to find other ways to offset my grocery bills ever since I moved to Singapore. Surprisingly, there are many tricks and strategies to accomplish this. The savings you get aren’t as “extreme” as using multiple stackable coupons (like in the US), but these strategies are far less time intensive than clipping, sorting, and organising little pieces of paper. And with the slow-growing economy and wages, every little bit counts! Here are some ways to offset your grocery expenses at the various supermarkets in Singapore: (more…)

No Wallet? No Card? No ATM? No Problem!

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No cash, card, or nearby ATM? No problem! Just use your mobile to pay for groceries.

Dash Pay is a convenient mobile cash (mCash) account that lets you pay businesses (such as NTUC Fairprice, Cheers, Watsons, 7-Eleven, Comfort Taxi, Food Republic, BreadTalk, and KFC) using your mobile phone. You pay by using NFC or by entering a Business Counter Code. This means no longer needing to carry cash or cards, or looking for the nearest ATM. All you need is your phone. There is also no admin fee and you can even earn rewards. Like DBS PayLah! (another mCash account), you can also send money directly to other users, which can be useful when splitting the dining bill. (more…)

Why It’s Good to “Own” Less

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The Cash for Trash Programme gives you instant cash for your used items.

More and more Singaporeans are selling their unwanted goods and pre-loved items. Aside from recouping a bit of cash, selling stuff clears clutter and helps with organisation; for me, I find it to be very therapeutic. From the moment we are born, we are consumers, constantly wanting, using, and accumulating things. When we buy something, we enjoy a sense of “ownership”. But do we really own it, or does it own us? When we’re constantly concerned about an object (be it a car, a phone, or our clothes), taking special care to protect, safeguard and maintain it, or having to spend extra hours in the office just to afford it, who really owns whom? (more…)

Gobble Up Some Monster Savings

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Gobblershop’s Super Sale is happening this weekend.

This weekend (17 & 18 Oct), GobblerShop will be having their “Super Sale”, which means you’ll find savings of up to 80% on everyday items that you probably are in need of anyway, from groceries, pantry items, and household products to personal care items and more. It is one of the few times this online and pop-up retailer opens their warehouse to the public. For convenience, they’re providing free shuttle bus service to and from Bishan MRT Station (bus stop B53231). I’ve been their customer for a long time, having been to their past “Super Sales” as well as to various pop-up “Happy Carts” and I can honestly say that their prices on many items are simply unbeatable! (more…)

Need a Home Service? Get Providers to Bid for Your Business

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The “Uber” of on-demand services.

Until recently, the burden of finding a home service provider, whether it’s a handyman, car repair technician, computer repair technician, mover, babysitter, personal trainer, or private chef, had long been placed on those requesting the service. Not so anymore! Nowadays, if you need a home-based service, instead of Googling or searching through Gumtree or Craigslist ads, you can place a job request through a new app called Page Advisor and service providers will come to you. Page Advisor, which just launched a couple of months ago, has already earned a reputation as “an Uber for on-demand services.” (more…)

Where to Find Coupons and Deals for Online Shopping

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Check out this new coupon site for deals before making your online purchases.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I lived in the States, I was sort of an “extreme couponer”, often paying less than half price for nearly every purchase. In the States, printed coupons are quite common and often “stacked” on top of electronic coupons, resulting in extreme discounts. Unfortunately, printed coupons are not so prevalent in this region, but electronic coupons are gradually gaining ground. The problem is it’s sometimes tedious to find them. Fortunately, there are sites like this one: (more…)

Are You on Board with iMOB? Well, Why Not?

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Another group buying shop with extraordinary deals.

You’ve probably heard of Groupon and Deal Ensogo, but another group buying & daily deals site that you might not be as familiar with is the iMOB Shop, which is actually an acronym for “I’m on Board”. This e-commerce shop is part of SMRT Investment (yes, the same SMRT that transports you around this island). This daily deals site launched just last year, and since then, has been gaining popularity. (more…)