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: (more…)

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…)