Cheap Salad Bar Buffet at Shallots

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an affordable salad bar buffet

It always bothered me that a decent satisfying salad with quality fixings would typically cost much more than a sandwich or burger. There are some salad shops in Singapore that are well-priced. But many will just fill your plate with mostly lettuce, and skimp on the toppings. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for an affordable salad bar buffet where I get to choose what I put in my salad. (more…)

How to Save on Laboratory Blood Tests in Singapore

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Blood tests, like other good and services, have a wide range of prices in the marketplace.

As I mentioned in my profile, I have a rare medical condition that requires me to frequently get blood tests. I normally go to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for all my blood draws, as it is centrally located. But recently, I had to get my blood drawn at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital as I am seeing a new doctor there. Upon leaving the hospital, I was shocked when I got the bill….. (more…)

Why a Luxury Valentine’s Day Could Mean Trouble

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If you need to display grand gestures of love in order to convince your partner to marry you… then you might have bigger problems ahead.

I’ll admit it: when I was younger, sometimes I would daydream about that perfect Valentine’s Day date. Or about an over-the-top Valentine’s Day proposal. In this day and age, there’s no shortage of luxury goods or services with which you can pamper your significant other on any holiday or special occasion. Last weekend, a new reality show aired on Channel 5 called “The Proposal“. This show is centered around the display of grand, ostentatious acts by someone ready to propose marriage. And some of these acts make the opening scene from Sweet Home Alabama look like a modest, halfhearted gesture. (more…)

FREE Fitness Workouts and Exercise Programmes Near You

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Group workouts that are fun, effective, and FREE.

Gym memberships are too expensive for a frugal gal like me. Fortunately, Health Promotion Board (HPB) offers a wide array of workouts and fitness programmes, which are all absolutely free and available to the general public. They have partnered with gyms, fitness centres, and malls to bring you just about every type of trendy workout, from Zumba to Bokwa, Boxercise, hot yoga, Sh’Bam, kickboxing, Body Balance, and KpopX fitness. Whatever your fitness level is, here’s your chance to renew your commitment to improve your health and see for yourself why these fitness workouts are so popular and effective.

Please note that registration is required. And if you have been sedentary for a long period of time, you might need to check with your doctor to see if you are able to participate in these workouts. (more…)

Easy Hacks to Lower Your Utility Bill

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How much are these vampire devices costing you?

This year, your January utility bill should reflect a lower price for the electricity tariff, which is now $0.2329/kWh (a decrease of $0.0199/kWh from December). This lower tariff will be in effect until 31 March. Then, it will be reviewed again by EMA (Energy Market Authority).

The new lower tariff translates into an average monthly savings of $7.93 for families living in four-room HDB flats. Though the savings is great news for everyone, it may give people the false idea that they are actually consuming less energy. We should all still do our part to practice good energy-saving habits for the benefit of the environment as well as our savings account. Here are a few easy hacks to further lower your energy bill. (more…)

Where to Buy Cheap Fresh Produce (including Organic Produce)

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The Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre sells fresh produce at wholesale prices to the general public.

One of the best places to buy cheap and fresh produce is at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. This is where a lot of wet market vendors, restaurant owners, and caterers go to get their supplies. The centre is open 24 hours a day, with its busiest hours in the early morning between 2 and 4am when it’s auction time. Despite it being a wholesale centre, an individual can still get a good deal even if you’re not buying huge bulk quantities. (more…)

Where to Buy Cheap Groceries

There are nearly 40 ValuDollar shops that sell groceries at steep discounts.
There are nearly 40 ValuDollar shops here that sell groceries at steep discounts.

In additional to buying wholesale and in bulk, another way to save money on food items is to buy “B-stock” groceries. These are food items that did not pass the rigorous standards of the food manufacturer or retailer, but are still (for the most part) acceptable, safe, and nearly as good as the original item but a whole lot cheaper. In the States, Grocery Outlet is the place to go for “B-stock” pantry items. In Singapore, I go to ValuDollar. (more…)