Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program

Cashback websites are becoming more popular. A shopper goes to a cashback portal, uses a referral link, buys an item, and then gets a percentage of the commission paid to the referrer (the company that owns the portal). To the consumer, it requires just one extra step – visiting the portal first to click through to the online shop. Everything else is the same. By now, everyone has heard of Shopback, but few people know about Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program. Here are similarities and differences between these two cashback portals.

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Direct Purchase Health Coverage – Another Reason to get your Integrated Shield Plan from NTUC Income

With 33 Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) listed on the MOH website (as of July 2017), how does one choose the right plan? For most people, they choose whatever their insurance agent sells. As someone who has looked at nearly all the available plans, let me tell you why I decided to go with NTUC Income (and no, they are not paying me anything for this review).

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Funerals – What Are You Really Paying For?

In the States, funerals are not a 3- or 5-day affair. Generally, most funeral services in the States last 2 to 5 hours. So when I witnessed and attended my first funeral in Singapore, my initial thought was, “How does the body stay ‘fresh’ and not smell while left out in a warm and humid environment for 5 days?” And I wondered how much does such a lengthy funeral service cost.

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Surprising Things about Singapore Property Auctions

When most people hear the word “auction”, they think “distressed sale”. In many other parts of the world, this is mostly true. Although I own a few things from distressed sales and have bid in quite a few auctions, I’m definitely still a novice when it comes to auctions in Singapore, particularly property auctions. They’re an entirely different animal. And here’s why.

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How to be Frugal – if you’re NOT doing these, you may be doing it all wrong!

There are times when I think I’m being frugal, but when I look back, I realise I was not. In fact, I was far from it. I’ve failed many times in the past at being frugal. And it’s still a work in progress today. So what does it mean to be frugal? If this is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, and you’re not doing these things, then you may be doing it all wrong.

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Where to get Vegetarian Groceries with Free Delivery – Plus a PROMO code!

What do Albert Einstein, Liam Hemsworth, Steve Jobs, Pamela Anderson, Miley Cyrus, and Gao Yuanyuan have in common? They all decided on a life without consuming animal flesh. People become vegetarians for many reasons, including health reasons, religious convictions, animal welfare advocacy, and environmental reasons. Nowadays, with so many meat substitutes available, it’s easier than ever to make that transition, or at least to become a part-time vegetarian (like me). And VegetarianOnline is a great place to go for vegetable-based substitutes for every meat product imaginable. (more…)

Is Anything Truly Free? Freegans, Freeganism and the Salvage Economy

I’ve salvaged furniture from the dumpster, and have even saved some imperfect but still-edible produce. But as someone who tries to be frugal, I passed on freeganism because it conflicted with some of my values. To be clear, frugality (as defined by the Reddit community) is “the mental approach we each take when considering our resource allocations – time, money, convenience, and many other factors.” Freeganism, while its origins began with anti-consumerism and veganism, has steered into the direction of not spending at any cost and living on the discarded excess of society. It has recently garnered much media attention in Singapore. So why can freegan thinking lead to unhealthy behaviours? (more…)