Category: Gift Ideas

Why a Luxury Valentine’s Day Could Mean Trouble

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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…)

10 Cheap and Meaningful Gifts for Christmas

A cool and inexpensive gift may be right under your nose.

Christmas is a time to share joy, kindness, and generosity. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money and end the holidays with a debt hangover. It also doesn’t mean you need to buy cheap, useless goods just to have them discarded after a few months. Let’s make this Christmas a green Christmas – environmentally-friendly and wallet-friendly! Here are my top ten meaningful green Christmas gifts: (more…)

5 Meaningful (and inexpensive) Gifts for Mother’s Day

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These gifts are not just inexpensive; they are priceless!

Being a good, responsible, and dedicated mother is perhaps one of the hardest jobs in the world. There are no off days or sick days. You get no salary, no benefits package, and the working conditions and hours can be insane. But the role does come with huge upside potential – a lifetime of purpose, memories, rewards, personal growth, and meaning. So why would I “cheapen” this by opting for an inexpensive Mother’s Day gift? (more…)

Free (or Low-Cost) Things to Do on Valentine’s Day (updated)

Cheap dates for cheapskates.

I haven’t really found a restaurant or venue with a special Valentine’s Day meal that is, what I would consider, value-conscious. It seems that most places just by virtue of adding the three words, “Valentine’s Day Special” double their prices while giving you maybe just slightly more than their usual offerings. But I have found several free events and activities, for those who want to do something other than (or in addition to) having a nice meal. Here are my top suggestions for free or inexpensive things to do on Valentine’s Day or on Valentine’s weekend. (more…)