Is Anything Truly Free? Freegans, Freeganism and the Salvage Economy

I’ve salvaged furniture from the dumpster, and have even saved some imperfect but still-edible produce. But as someone who tries to be frugal, I passed on freeganism because it conflicted with some of my values. To be clear, frugality (as defined by the Reddit community) is “the mental approach we each take when considering our resource allocations – time, money, convenience, and many other factors.” Freeganism, while its origins began with anti-consumerism and veganism, has steered into the direction of not spending at any cost and living on the discarded excess of society. It has recently garnered much media attention in Singapore. So why can freegan thinking lead to unhealthy behaviours? (more…)

Memorable Homemade Christmas Gifts that People Actually Want

For the last 20 years, my friends and I have followed our own tradition of exchanging homemade & DIY gifts. I feel these gifts are more meaningful because of the effort, creativity, and resourcefulness involved. They are also more memorable. From upcycled pet toys, scrapbook calendars, knitted socks, and artwork, to homemade cakes and cookies, the love and talent in these one-of-a-kind gifts are very tangible. Here are some of my favourite gifts that I’ve given and received. What do they have in common? They’re all easy to make, and so meaningful, that I still remember and treasure each of them today.

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Save Money on Electronics and Appliances in Singapore using Diffmarts – A Comparison Shopping Website

While making a smoothie, my blender suddenly overheated and started smoking. The motor had burnt out. It was an older, low budget and low power (250W) blender so I knew its days were numbered. But its sudden death also gave me some pause. It had been many years since I’ve needed to buy any sort of appliance. A lot has changed in the marketplace, and I needed to do my research. Luckily, I knew a good place to start comparison shopping – Diffmarts(more…)

Textbook Sharing Has Just Gotten Easier

As a uni student, I couldn’t even afford to buy used textbooks. Instead, I would borrow them from the library for 3 weeks, renew for another 3 weeks, then return them to do it all over again. The cost of textbooks can be a financial burden. I used to wonder why older students couldn’t just pass their textbooks down to younger students. “It’s not that easy,” people would say. Well now it is, at least for primary- and secondary-school textbooks. The FairPrice textbook sharing programme, now in its 35th year, has just gone digital. It is now an online platform and mobile app, making it super convenient and easy to donate and request books.  

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The Real Money Numbers You Need to Know

Personal finance and financial planning both focus on a set of numbers to gauge your financial health. If you ask people what is the most important number, many would say “their target sum for retirement”. This number is usually around $1 million or more. A few might mention their investment rate of return, their net worth, or their anticipated life expectancy. But there are more important (yet often overlooked) numbers you should really be concerned with.

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Top 10 Things You’re Wasting Your Money On

[Guest article co-written by Lucy Wyndham] Many of us are trying to make the most of our money. However, the vast majority of people do not carefully track how that money is spent. The same sources of waste come up again and again. Do any of these money draining categories apply to you? Through aggregate survey sites, find out what are the top 10 things that make you part with your money unnecessarily. (more…)

Food Industry Secrets – Should You Eat Expired Food?

Having lived through 2 major earthquakes while growing up in California, disaster drills were regularly practiced at schools. Our school often invited experts on emergency preparedness to teach us how to survive a natural disaster. They taught us the importance of having an emergency prep kit, consisting of first aid and hygiene items, and a supply of water and non-perishable food. And that was my first encounter with the idea that some food can last almost indefinitely.

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Free Resources for Jobseekers

“Thirty-four years at SPH, and now I’m looking for a job again. Things have changed so much since then,” said June* (not her real name). “It’s like I’m newly divorced, going back into the dating scene.” Finding employment these days can be challenging . It’s even more difficult if you had been with the same company for decades. Finding yourself suddenly unemployed while your peers remain working, can also feel quite lonely. If only you had a team by your side or just someone to guide you, it might help you through this stressful time. Fortunately, there are several free career resources for jobseekers.

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Work Great on A Great Street – Free Fitness Workouts & Health Screenings on Orchard Road

We’re fast approaching the end of the year, which for many, can be a time when we experience a rise in our weight. With so much to do in a day, it’s hard to squeeze in time for fitness and self-care. But if you happen to live or work around Orchard Road, you’re in luck. The Orchard Road Business Association wants you to take the first step to a fitter and healthier lifestyle. With free fitness workouts, free health screenings, and free lunchtime talks (with lunch provided), you can “Work Great on A Great Street”. This programme runs through the end of the year.

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Get Moving, Get Healthy, & Get Rewarded

Whether you like it or not, the Paleo Diet is not going away any time soon. But one thing about it that is often overlooked in this whole Paleo Movement is the latter part, i.e., the movement part. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors often walked between 6 to 16km daily, and often while carrying their young, food, or other objects. This range is approximately 7,500 to 20,000 steps per day, assuming 1km = 1,250 steps. In our modern world of convenience and comfort, our sedentary lifestyle is simply making us sick. And unfortunately, our gym time doesn’t undo the negative effects of prolonged sitting. But the Health Promotion Board wants to challenge you to change this.

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