Category: Shopping

hoolah: Buy Now, Pay Later. Interest-Free. No Credit Card Required.

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of a 3-week grace period (which is what you typically get from using a credit card), you got an entire 2 months to pay off your purchases? That’s 4 instalments (one instalment every 2 weeks) to pay off a balance while accruing zero interest and zero fees. That’s exactly what hoolah offers shoppers. What is hoolah (pronounced “hula”)?

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Think You’re Reading an Unbiased Review or Blog Article? You’re Actually Reading SponCon!

With the steady increase in the viewership for Frugal in Singapore, I’ve received an increasing number of requests for sponcon (sponsored content). Sponcon is basically where a company/marketing agency pays a blogger a fee for publishing a fake review or an advertorial (an advertisement giving information about a product/service masquerading as an objective journalistic article). As a blogger, how much can you make filling your site with sponcon and advertisements? Enough to make it your full-time job! (more…)

Health and Money Saving Benefits from Reusable Menstrual Pads

Talking about the 3 P’s – pee, poop, and period – is still a bit taboo in this day and age, especially when it’s coupled with the topic of saving money. My grandmother (who mostly raised me), didn’t even warm me about the third P, which first came to me in a what-on-earth-is-happening!?!? kind of moment. And in my grandmother’s time, there was no such thing as disposable menstrual pads. In fact, the word disposable wasn’t really in her vocabulary. (more…)

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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