Category: Shopping

A Hidden Neighborhood Thrift Shop Worth Checking Out

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This shop is a hidden gem and very easy to miss.

Although this shop has been around for nearly a decade, many people (even those who pass by it daily) may not be aware of its existence. This is in part due to the fact that it is both a thrift shop and a church. Yes, the two businesses share the same building and the same entrance. The Rock of Salvation Church congregation meets in the back room of the thrift shop. The shop has plenty of clothing, accessories, and bric-a-brac, some furniture, and many small home appliances. Here’s why I think this thrift shop is worth checking out:

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Why Qoo10 Is Better than Amazon – A Complete Guide to Qoo10

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Here are 10 reasons why Qoo10’s marketplace beats Amazon’s.

While in the US, Amazon was my go-to online marketplace for just about anything I wanted to buy at a competitive price – clothes, furniture, books, household goods, electronics, personal care items, and even food – but here in Singapore, we have something just as good as Amazon (and in many ways, even better than Amazon). We have Qoo10 (pronounced Q-ten). Like Amazon, Qoo10 has a wide range of products, there are sales and “daily deals” that entice you to buy using the scarcity tactic, and you can also shop via their app. And also like Amazon, you can use coupons. So why do I think it’s better? Here are 10 reasons. (more…)

What You’ll Find at Salvation Army Praisehaven Thrift Store

Finally, one of the largest thrift stores in Singapore is easily accessible!

With the opening of the new stations on the Downtown Line, it’s now easier than ever to get to Salvation Army’s Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store (located at Hillview Exit A). Out of all their thrift stores (there are 5 of them), this one is by far the largest, and thanks to the DTL, it’s probably the most convenient one to get to. Here are some things they have that make the trip worthwhile. (more…)

Why Money Resolutions Fail

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Who’s driving these luxury cars? The answer may surprise you.

It’s that of year again when we, with all our good intentions, list all the various health, self-improvement, and financial goals that we aim to achieve in the coming 12 months. Each year, the same New Year’s resolutions appear – make healthier food choices, exercise regularly, spend less, save more – yet most resolutions are broken within the first 2 weeks. It seems that we all know exactly what we need to do, but the knowledge-behavioural gap is wide, and translating what we know into actions is where we fail. So here are some ways in which this gap might be lessened, at least when it comes to meeting our financial goals. (more…)

Fresh may NOT always be better

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Save money and minimize food waste by buying “reduced to clear” items.

Although I was an “extreme couponer” when I was living in the States, there were simply no coupons available for fresh produce, which for a health-conscious person like myself, made up the vast majority of my food expenses. So to save money on vegetables, dairy products, fruit, eggs, and meat, I would frequently shop at the “reduce to clear” sections of the store or at a place called Grocery Outlet, a store dedicated to overstocked, discontinued, “b” stock, and soon-to-expire groceries. Unfortunately, a place like Grocery Outlet does not exist in Singapore (yet), but there are some stores that offer “reduce to clear” produce and meats that are worth checking out. (more…)

How to Save on Your Groceries at NTUC, Giant, Sheng Siong & Cold Storage

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With self checkout, memberships, credit cards, and senior discounts, how much can you save on groceries?

As a former “extreme couponer”, I’ve had to find other ways to offset my grocery bills ever since I moved to Singapore. Surprisingly, there are many tricks and strategies to accomplish this. The savings you get aren’t as “extreme” as using multiple stackable coupons (like in the US), but these strategies are far less time intensive than clipping, sorting, and organising little pieces of paper. And with the slow-growing economy and wages, every little bit counts! Here are some ways to offset your grocery expenses at the various supermarkets in Singapore: (more…)

No Wallet? No Card? No ATM? No Problem!

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No cash, card, or nearby ATM? No problem! Just use your mobile to pay for groceries.

Dash Pay is a convenient mobile cash (mCash) account that lets you pay businesses (such as NTUC Fairprice, Cheers, Watsons, 7-Eleven, Comfort Taxi, Food Republic, BreadTalk, and KFC) using your mobile phone. You pay by using NFC or by entering a Business Counter Code. This means no longer needing to carry cash or cards, or looking for the nearest ATM. All you need is your phone. There is also no admin fee and you can even earn rewards. Like DBS PayLah! (another mCash account), you can also send money directly to other users, which can be useful when splitting the dining bill. (more…)

Why It’s Good to “Own” Less

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The Cash for Trash Programme gives you instant cash for your used items.

More and more Singaporeans are selling their unwanted goods and pre-loved items. Aside from recouping a bit of cash, selling stuff clears clutter and helps with organisation; for me, I find it to be very therapeutic. From the moment we are born, we are consumers, constantly wanting, using, and accumulating things. When we buy something, we enjoy a sense of “ownership”. But do we really own it, or does it own us? When we’re constantly concerned about an object (be it a car, a phone, or our clothes), taking special care to protect, safeguard and maintain it, or having to spend extra hours in the office just to afford it, who really owns whom? (more…)

Gobble Up Some Monster Savings

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Gobblershop’s Super Sale is happening this weekend.

This weekend (17 & 18 Oct), GobblerShop will be having their “Super Sale”, which means you’ll find savings of up to 80% on everyday items that you probably are in need of anyway, from groceries, pantry items, and household products to personal care items and more. It is one of the few times this online and pop-up retailer opens their warehouse to the public. For convenience, they’re providing free shuttle bus service to and from Bishan MRT Station (bus stop B53231). I’ve been their customer for a long time, having been to their past “Super Sales” as well as to various pop-up “Happy Carts” and I can honestly say that their prices on many items are simply unbeatable! (more…)

Need a Home Service? Get Providers to Bid for Your Business

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The “Uber” of on-demand services.

Until recently, the burden of finding a home service provider, whether it’s a handyman, car repair technician, computer repair technician, mover, babysitter, personal trainer, or private chef, had long been placed on those requesting the service. Not so anymore! Nowadays, if you need a home-based service, instead of Googling or searching through Gumtree or Craigslist ads, you can place a job request through a new app called Page Advisor and service providers will come to you. Page Advisor, which just launched a couple of months ago, has already earned a reputation as “an Uber for on-demand services.” (more…)