Have you ever lost or forgotten your MRT card on a train or bus? If you have, you’ll find that it’s not easy to recover it, unless it’s also a bank card or PAssion card, which has identifying information. While you can report a “lost item” with SMRT, SBS, and Tower Transit, I personally have never recovered anything from doing so. But now with this free service, you can insure your MRT card and even recover the unused value. Here’s how.
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.
Buying and selling on Carousell is easy peasy. To snap a photo, upload, and sell an item takes mere minutes. Chatting, negotiating, and making an offer is also quite effortless. And up till recently, Carousell has had the reputation of the go-to app shop for pre-owned electronics, used household goods, pre-loved clothes, and all things surplus or second-hand. But now they have added vehicles to their ever-growing marketplace, and it’s worth checking out.
Have you ever wondered what those bright pink QR codes near the entrances of certain MRT stations and trains are for? They tell you to scan the QR code with your WINK+ app so that you can earn points and redeem rewards. But what exactly is this WINK+ app, how good are these rewards, and how much effort must I make to earn them? After a couple of months of using WINK+, here’s what I found out: (more…)
Taking public transport is indeed a much, much cheaper option than owning and driving a car or taking a taxi, but there are definitely ways to make travel even cheaper. An often overlooked means of reducing public transport cost is the use of transfers and planning your route so that you stay within the between-transfer time limit (45 min). I use this method a lot when I’m running errands or going to events, and it saves me 30-50%. Below is an infographic that I’ve developed that lists 8 ways to save on public transport costs, with links to each of the various schemes and programmes so that you can read about them more in detail. (more…)
Around this time of year when Singapore celebrates her birthday, many restaurants and retailers also give discounts to those who were born in the same year and are the same age as our nation. Since this is a golden jubilee year, the discounts are even more substantial. And they have been extended to all seniors age 50 and above (with some terms and conditions). So if you’re a senior, you’re in for some awesome treats! (more…)
As the price of COE premiums fall (Cat A prices now at $61,000), some of my colleagues are considering buying a car. One of them decided to buy a used car with 3 years remaining on the COE (her old car was recently scrapped after 10 years). She’s in her 50s and figured that in 3 years time, she would either be semi-retired or have flexi-work arrangements. So she thought 3 years was more than adequate. But when she told me the price she paid on this supposed “good deal” ($35,000+), I was shocked and wondered if she had done the math. So I decided to in this post. (more…)