Category: Shopping

An Unconventional Way to Save on Groceries

Most articles that talk about saving on your grocery bills focus on either (1) identifying which shops, grocery stores, or online outlets you can get groceries for less, (2) using coupons, loyalty cards/points, vouchers or other such money-saving tactics, or (3) buying cheaper food alternatives or not buying certain things. There might also be some articles on dumpster-diving, bartering, or growing your own food as a means of saving on groceries. But where I’m going with this article is completely different, I promise.    (more…)

Taobao Agent SGShop and their GSS Giveaway

Taobao is one of the world’s biggest e-commerce websites, as well as one of the world’s top 10 most visited websites (along with Google, YouTube, and Facebook). Since just about everything is made in China, many Singaporeans can save money by shopping from Chinese merchants online. But Taobao is a consumer-to-consumer marketplace, which means you’re buying directly from an individual (not a company). This means you may not get the best consumer service or customer protection. To add a layer of protection and to avoid common scams, you can use a Taobao agent such as SGshop. (more…)

Where to Find Reasonably Priced Contact Lenses Online

I started wearing contact lenses 15 years ago. At that time, I was finishing uni in the States. Back then, there were only a few online shops, and the savings didn’t seem very significant. I used to buy from Lens.com. And when I first moved to Singapore, I continued buying from Lens.com despite having to pay US$20 for international shipping. Then I started buying them whenever I went to JB. Contact lenses are much cheaper in Malaysia. But if you don’t want to travel to JB to get your lenses, consider buying from MrLens, Malaysia’s largest online contacts store that also ships to Singapore. (more…)

Food Waste in Singapore: What SG Food Rescue is Doing & What You Can Do

We’ve heard a lot about wasting food recently in the media. And there are a few ground up movements that aim to curb wastefulness and minimise what gets deposited into our landfills. On the other hand, despite the abundance of food, there are still those who food-insecure. Here are some things you can do, and also some things I hope the government will do in the near future.

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Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program

Cashback websites are becoming more popular. A shopper goes to a cashback portal, uses a referral link, buys an item, and then gets a percentage of the commission paid to the referrer (the company that owns the portal). To the consumer, it requires just one extra step – visiting the portal first to click through to the online shop. Everything else is the same. By now, everyone has heard of Shopback, but few people know about Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program. Here are similarities and differences between these two cashback portals.

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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…)