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.
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…)
[This article was contributed by Bosch Singapore] The first quarter of 2017 is almost over, and fading along with the months is that resolution you made to eat healthier. As Singaporeans lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles and as our diets get richer, it has become more pressing than ever to get back on track. (more…)
Making restaurant reservations via phone is something I try to avoid. I can’t tell you how many times people misspell my name (seriously, who would name their child String?), make errors notating the reservation, answer the phone with “jiang huayu, keyi ma?” (translation: “can you speak Mandarin?”), or don’t even answer the phone at all. With Quandoo, a restaurant booking app and web portal, I can make a reservation online or through their app at any time and I am even rewarded points for each booking I make and attend. These points can be redeemed for cash. (more…)
I’ve been asked to update the list of buffets priced at or below $10 so here it is. Since that previous post first appeared 2 years ago, some restaurants have closed, one has rebranded itself, while new ones have appeared. There are a lot of people who value quality over quantity, and probably would not find these places “acceptable”. But having grown up in poverty (I was on public assistance for school meals), I appreciate that there are still low-price choices for filling you up. The following list is in alphabetical order: (more…)
For several years, Foodpanda had somewhat of a monopoly in the food delivery service sector in Singapore. Now, it has to compete with Deliveroo (which came on board late last year) and with UberEATS, the new kid on the block, which started a few months ago. These 3 food delivery services make it so that we can save time and perhaps even some money (when we use offer codes and coupons such as the one below) without queuing or traveling long distances in the rain, all while satisfying our food cravings at home or in the office. There are several notable differences among the 3 service providers, even though they perform essentially the same task. I’ve summarised their differences in the graph below:
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but the man behind Free Famous Food disagrees. Free Famous Food is a voucher site where you can get 100%-free meals. There are absolutely no gimmicks, no up selling and no hard selling, and the partner restaurants don’t serve you old, rotten, or “experimental” food. The restaurants will give you actual food items in the same portion and description that is on their menu. You’re probably thinking (as I was), how are they able to do this and where can I sign up? I’ll go into more details and also share my own personal experience with a couple of the restaurants I’ve tried. (more…)
Ever wonder why some restaurants have single page menus and others are like phone directories or catalogues? Expensive restaurants and international chain restaurants commonly use marketing techniques with one thing in mind – to get you to spend more or order their highly profitable items. When it comes to value, they usually won’t have your interest in mind. This is a continuation of the last post, in which I listed many of these tricks. In this post, I will go further into detail using an infographic to reveal the various techniques used to coax you into spending more and I will give additional examples. Please note that these are generalisations and that not all expensive restaurants will employ these tactics. (more…)
If you’re a frugal person like me, you want value when it comes to dining out. For me, this doesn’t mean cheap food – I want good, nutritious, and satisfying food or an amazing experience but at the lowest possible price. A lot of restaurants now put their menus online, but many of them will leave the price out or it will be an older menu, from say 2009, so you really have no idea how much things cost until you get there. I really don’t like surprises when it comes to paying for things, so here are some common menu techniques to tell if the restaurant you are considering is going to charge exorbitantly high prices. And if you happen to find yourself at an expensive restaurant, you can also use these techniques to find the most value-conscious menu choice (i.e., highly popular but low profit menu items) while avoiding the restaurant’s “breadwinners” (i.e., high profit menu items).
Don’t be deterred by the swanky, upscale appearance and prime location, the restaurants at Hotel Jen (part of Shangri-La International Hotel Management) are very affordable. At Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, [email protected]’s weekday lunch buffet starts at just $11.90++, while at Hotel Jen Tanglin, J65, the new restaurant where CafeBiz used to be, is just $15 nett for one-plate buffet serving (these plates are HUGE so one plate is likely more than enough to get your fill!). And if you are still deciding on an affordable place for a Chinese New Year’s reunion meal, why not gather your family and friends and head to Ah Hoi’s Kitchen where 12 courses of CNY delights cost just $12 nett per person! Furthermore, all 3 restaurants have additional promotions to get even a better deal (see details below). (more…)