Category: Gift Ideas

Frugal yet Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

What marketers want you to buy for Valentine’s Day. (photo by frankieleon)

Nowadays, it’s very easy to express love through buying things – at least this is what marketers and movie-makers want you to do. They make it almost brainless to pick up a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, a mass-produced greeting card, or even a piece of jewelry. These kinds of gifts are seen as “traditional” and “customary”, but are they thoughtful or merely reflexive and primarily driven by expectations and marketing? There are many ways to express love, often in ways that are more meaningful than spending lots of money, such as contributing your time, expressing your sincerity, and exercising your creativity. (more…)

Thoughtful & Frugal Gifts Ideas for Christmas

Where to get cheap gifts without appearing to be cheap.

There are times when buying second-hand is not really an option; office or holiday gift exchanges are one of them. Here are my top picks for frugal gifts, all around $25. I’ve chosen these based on their thoughtfulness, utility, and value. As a gift giver, I don’t want to appear “cheap”. But I also don’t want to give something that is useless and creates more “stuff” in this world. Many of these are gifts that I’ve personally given to others, including in-laws and office colleagues. Today is also a good day to do some online shopping as many shops have a massive 12-12 Sale. (more…)

Your Frugal Week Planner for 11 Feb to 17 Feb 2015

cupids night out garden by the bay
It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s also good to checkup once in a while that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.

There’s plenty of cool things to do this Valentine’s Day weekend without breaking the bank. Here are your frugal activities for this week. Additionally, you might want to check out this post by, which has a breakdown of an entire day’s date for under $30 (including dinner and gift ideas).

Why a Luxury Valentine’s Day Could Mean Trouble

sweet home alabama
If you need to display grand gestures of love in order to convince your partner to marry you… then you might have bigger problems ahead.

I’ll admit it: when I was younger, sometimes I would daydream about that perfect Valentine’s Day date. Or about an over-the-top Valentine’s Day proposal. In this day and age, there’s no shortage of luxury goods or services with which you can pamper your significant other on any holiday or special occasion. Last weekend, a new reality show aired on Channel 5 called “The Proposal“. This show is centered around the display of grand, ostentatious acts by someone ready to propose marriage. And some of these acts make the opening scene from Sweet Home Alabama look like a modest, halfhearted gesture. (more…)

Your Frugal Week Planner for 10 Dec to 16 Dec 2014

Build, play, learn, and bond with your kids in a free HacKIDemia workshop.

Check out the frugal events lined up for this week. Get a free outfit, watch fireworks by the river, and attend free hack workshops with your kids so they (and you) can learn how to make cool gadgets and crafts for Christmas. (Remember that this is just a partial list and that there are tons of free activities throughout Singapore, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.) (more…)