Ask a person what comes to mind when you say “Halloween”, and they might reply with “candy”, “costumes”, and “haunted houses”. But even more spooky than “haunted houses” is the amount that people end up spending on this “minor holiday”. Over the years, Halloween has become one of the most expensive holidays (Americans plan to spend $9.1 billion to celebrate Halloween). As a day meant to remember the dead, the saints, and the martyrs, today it is heavily commercialised. And it’s no longer regarded as a “kid’s holiday”. These days, more adults are joining in the fun (and in the spending). So where can a frugal person go to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve?
You don’t have to spend $65 for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights tickets (which itself would give me quite a fright!). Instead, why not spend this Halloween at any of the following frugal events, which are all under $15 (on average, for 1 child + 1 adult). If you can’t find a single event on this list that you deem as “scary enough” for your taste, and you really want to scare yourself silly, try living paycheque to paycheque. Now that will surely leave you with nightmares.
In addition to our public libraries, museums, heritage centres, monuments, and parks (also don’t forget the myriad of events in the Frugal Week Planner), there are other lesser known places where you and your family can experience Singapore like a tourist, bond and make memories, and gain a deeper appreciation for our nation’s history, national institutions, and civic and urban visions for the future. The best part is that all these places are free for Singaporeans and PRs. In visiting most of the places listed below, I’ve had an enjoyable time, took advantage of many photo ops, and learned a great deal about the inner workings of our nation. And since 1 Oct, a new site has just been added to the list – now you get a free tour of the Incineration Plants and Semakau Landfill (inclusive of a free ferry ride). (more…)
If you haven’t yet taken a ride on the Sentosa Line, the new intra-island cable car service that connects Siloso Point to Merlion Plaza, now’s a good time to try it. For just $39 (or $135 for a family of 4), you can get unlimited rides on both cable car lines (Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line) for an entire year. That’s just $6 more than the usual price for a one-time ticket to ride both lines. It also includes entry fees into Sentosa (U.P. $1 by foot, $4 by the Sentosa Express monorail) and a whole host of privileges: (more…)
When I was younger, I used to enjoy getting things by post; as an adult, I quickly realised that the letter box is more often filled with bills, useless advertisements, or urgent notices rather than actual letters (or at least the ones that are pleasant and joyful). Perhaps that’s why many people subscribe to magazines or newspapers. It’s like having a dear old friend visiting you on a regular basis. But I found magazine and newspaper subscriptions to be quite expensive here. That is, until I found out that you can get them for free (digitally) through the NLB. (more…)
People usually associate going to the library with studying or with being uncool. But libraries are not just for bookworms; they house an extensive range of media, from archived newspapers, to magazines, music CDs, movies, comic books, anime, software, audiobooks, and more. You can even borrow a digital reader. Plus, there are a whole host of programmes which you can attend (often FOC) to expand your mind, your skills, and your network. For anyone who is looking for inspiration, or even just a good way to pass time, the library should be at the top of their list. Being in nicely air-conditioned space (away from the haze) is also an added bonus! (more…)
There was a special SG50 promotion for Adventure Cove tickets through Qoo10 for $22 ($19 for children). Since I had an additional $2 off coupon, I thought it was a reasonable price to pay, considering the usual price at the gate is $36. The free entry to Sentosa, via the boardwalk (another SG50 promotion) also made it a bit more worthwhile to check it out before these SG50 promotions end. I did have a good time there, although I was disappointed that their locker rentals were so expensive ($10 for a small locker, or $20 for a large locker). Fortunately, I didn’t have anything valuable and was able to use the free open storage racks that were often adjacent to the water slides. So why would I not go a second time? (more…)
Around this time of year when Singapore celebrates her birthday, many restaurants and retailers also give discounts to those who were born in the same year and are the same age as our nation. Since this is a golden jubilee year, the discounts are even more substantial and have been extended to all seniors age 50 and above (with some terms and conditions). So if you’re a senior, you’re in for some awesome treats! (more…)
Singapore Heart Map, an SG50 programme launched last November, invited Singaporeans to share their memories of special places they hold dear to their hearts. Over the last 6 months, more than 80,000 personal stories of places were contributed by Singaporeans from all walks of life. The 80,000 stories shared were displayed in a first-ever crowd-sourced collective map of the most endearing and cherished places of our nation. Over the next 3 months, there will be free guided tours of many of these cherished places. This is a great opportunity to rediscover Singapore, make new friends, and create new memories. (more…)
I had the amazing opportunity to sail on a DBS sailboat (the same one that will be used at the SEA games) as part of the DBS Marina Sailing Programme, organised in partnership with the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF). Launched in 2013, this programme gives the public the chance to learn some basics about sailing, experience the Marina Bay from a different perspective, and enjoy a 40-minute scenic and exciting ride. (more…)