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…)
For the last 20 years, my friends and I have followed our own tradition of exchanging homemade & DIY gifts. I feel these gifts are more meaningful because of the effort, creativity, and resourcefulness involved. They are also more memorable. From upcycled pet toys, scrapbook calendars, knitted socks, and artwork, to homemade cakes and cookies, the love and talent in these one-of-a-kind gifts are very tangible. Here are some of my favourite gifts that I’ve given and received. What do they have in common? They’re all easy to make, and so meaningful, that I still remember and treasure each of them today.
While making a smoothie, my blender suddenly overheated and started smoking. The motor had burnt out. It was an older, low budget and low power (250W) blender so I knew its days were numbered. But its sudden death also gave me some pause. It had been many years since I’ve needed to buy any sort of appliance. A lot has changed in the marketplace, and I needed to do my research. Luckily, I knew a good place to start comparison shopping – Diffmarts. (more…)
How would you like to have Cheryl Wee, Sheila Sim, and Andrea Chong as your personal stylist? You might be thinking that you can’t afford their styling services, but with The Heart Bazaar, you can afford their outfits. And not only can you look good, you can also save money and feel good too. Why? Because by buying their gently-used outfits, you’re helping to fund charitable organisations like EmancipAction, VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer, and The Soup Kitchen Project. (more…)
In a recent study, e-commerce in Singapore is still booming and is predicted to expand by 11.2% annually for the next 5 years. Online shopping not only offers convenience, but it can save you both time and money. You can quickly find just about anything (even niche products), compare prices across many shops, and have your purchase delivered directly to your home in a timely manner. The overhead of e-commerce companies is much lower compared to brick-and-mortar shops, which means you can often find the same item to be cheaper online than at a mall. And now, two of the largest e-commerce site in Singapore – Qoo10 and Shopback – have partnered up so that you can save even more money on online purchases.
[This abridged article was contributed by bankbazaar] Do you always find yourself struggling with heavy and bulk bags of groceries after shopping at the supermarket? Have an allergy to crowds or long queues? Well, that’s why online grocery stores are all the rage now. With a few clicks, you can stock up on your necessities and have it delivered as soon as two hours later. Besides convenience, shopping online also means less impulse buying. Try walking down aisles of products with tempting packaging and sale labels without getting something you didn’t need. (more…)
We all know there are many things that are cheaper across the causeway in JB (Johor Bahru), but to get there requires at least 1 hour (and sometimes, 3 hours) of travel through the immigration checkpoint. Considering the time and effort involved, I’m always on the lookout for faster, cheaper, and more convenient ways to make the journey. And because I can’t have a carload of goods to bring back home with me (mainly because I don’t have a car), I have to be selective on what I buy that would justify the trip there. Here’s what I do.
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…)
Did you know that most “broken” appliances only need a minor repair to become functioning again, and often this fix takes less than 20 minutes? I have saved countless appliances just by replacing a fuse, cleaning out coils (from a refrigerator), replacing hinges, soldering a joint where 2 wires came loose, or swapping motherboards (for a mobile phone and a dryer). These repairs may sound complicated, but most are really pretty simple. All these repairs took just a bit of my time, a bit of money (the cost of the part), but saved me from having to buy a new appliance altogether.
There’s just one thing that I really don’t like about Daiso – you can’t give someone a gift without them knowing exactly how much you spent. It really doesn’t matter how good, functional, or well made the item is, once people realise it’s from Daiso, their perception of quality (of the item and maybe even of the giver) seems to diminish. That “Daiso Japan” label is on every one of their items, and for gift giving purposes, it might as well say “Cheapo”. Fortunately, there are other places where you can get household goods, personal care items, stationary, Japanese snacks, and other knick-knacks at the bargain price of $2. And nobody has to know how much you spent.