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…)

How to Save on Your Groceries at NTUC, Giant, Sheng Siong & Cold Storage

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With self checkout, memberships, credit cards, and senior discounts, how much can you save on groceries?

As a former “extreme couponer”, I’ve had to find other ways to offset my grocery bills ever since I moved to Singapore. Surprisingly, there are many tricks and strategies to accomplish this. The savings you get aren’t as “extreme” as using multiple stackable coupons (like in the US), but these strategies are far less time intensive than clipping, sorting, and organising little pieces of paper. And with the slow-growing economy and wages, every little bit counts! Here are some ways to offset your grocery expenses at the various supermarkets in Singapore: (more…)

Thoughtful & Frugal Gifts Ideas for Christmas

Where to get cheap gifts without appearing to be cheap.

There are times when buying second-hand is not really an option; office or holiday gift exchanges are one of them. Here are my top picks for frugal gifts, all around $25. I’ve chosen these based on their thoughtfulness, utility, and value. As a gift giver, I don’t want to appear “cheap”. But I also don’t want to give something that is useless and creates more “stuff” in this world. Many of these are gifts that I’ve personally given to others, including in-laws and office colleagues. Today is also a good day to do some online shopping as many shops have a massive 12-12 Sale. (more…)