Cheap Salad Bar Buffets that Serve More than Just Salad

These salad bar buffets cost nearly as much as a single order of salad from a traditional salad shop or restaurant.

I’ve previously covered Javier’s Rotisserie & Salad Bar and Earle Swensen’s Salad Bar buffets in earlier posts, but just to recap, you can get a main plus their unlimited salad bars starting at $14.90 nett (Javier’s) and $15.50++ (Earle Swensen’s) as part of their promotional weekday set lunches. Their salad buffet alone costs $11.90 nett (Javier’s on weekdays only) and $15.90++ (Earle Swensen’s daily usual pirce). Recently, two additional salad bar buffets opened near my home. Not only do they have more variety than Javier’s and Earle Swensen’s, but they are offering incredibly affordable opening deals. (more…)

Is Having a Maid Frugal?

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In addition to ordering food and booking a taxi, now you can get domestic help via your mobile.

I’ve been asked this by some couples who are full-time professionals. And my opinion on this is somewhat unconventional among my peers. I grew up in the West, and having a live-in maid was only an option for the very wealthy. This is because domestic workers in the West get the same employment rights as other workers. They get overtime pay, paid time-off, sick leave, health insurance, Social Security (which is similar to CPF), and regular holidays. Having a maid in Singapore, however, is far more affordable as cheap migrant labor is abundant in Southeast Asia. And they don’t have the same employment rights. (more…)

A Salon Quality Haircut at an Unbelievable Price

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You might get your hair cut by the next superstar stylist for only $6.

When I lived in the States, I had a friend whose father was the car repair instructor at a nearby school. Whenever my car had any problems or just needed routine maintenance, he was kind enough to let me bring my car to his school. And his students would work on the car as part of their training. Since he personally inspected all the cars, I had the assurance that the work was acceptable. I also saved an unbelievable amount of money! Similarly, there are many school that are in constant need of “models”, where the work is free/subsidised as part of their training. And you can be one of them.  (more…)

Compare Prices Across All Major Supermarkets in Singapore

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A confession: I’m addicted to this “expensive” snack. But now I can find which market has the best price for it.

Is there a particular food that is a staple in your household? For me, it’s Tao Kae Noi Seaweed. I enjoy it as an afternoon snack nearly every day; for my hubby, it’s milk and coffee. So whenever these items are on sale, I often stock up and buy as much as I can carry. But unless an item is specifically advertised as being on sale, how would a person know which supermarket has the best price for that item? Prices change weekly at each supermarket. Sure, you can visit all the online shops like Fairprice, Giant, Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, and Redmart, and search and compare prices for a particular item. But now there’s a much easier way!

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The Question Nobody Asks When it Comes to Work-Life Balance

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Before trying to balance work with life, you should consider this question. (Photo by Andrew Leddy)

It seems that work-life balance is something more and more people are striving for these days. I recently attended a “work-life balance” seminar especially aimed towards women, which was given by a government-supported agency. I was hoping to learn another expert’s view on this. Unfortunately, the expert failed to ask an essential question before tackling how to achieve this balance. (more…)

SG50 Freebies & Discounts for Seniors 50 and Above

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Dining, entertainment, wellness, and staycation discounts for seniors.

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…)

Free PA Courses at CCs and Water-Venture Outlets

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Pick up new hobbies & skills while making new friends.

Now is your chance to learn how to play the guitar, make cheese, kayak, line dance, draw, sew, perform 13 various martial arts, meditate, cook Nonya cuisine, or teach your dogs new tricks. The People Association is offering 2000 free courses for you to upgrade yourself. Note that these are only open to Singaporeans and PRs, and registration is through the respective CCs or Water-Venture (WV) Outlets on a first-come, first-serve basis. (more…)