Where to Find a Meal for Under $1

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Want to know which hawkers keep prices low despite rising costs? Now there’s an easy way to search for them.

Ever wanted to know which places offer the cheapest Chicken Rice, Wanton Mee, or Laksa? Now you can easily find your nearest budget hawker dishes with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) pilot online directory. The ministry database includes food items and prices from 103 hawker centres from the second quarter of this year. (more…)

Millionaires Go Here for Great Deals

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The best kept secret on where to buy clothes at bargain prices.

Self-made millionaires don’t become rich by giving their money away. Contrary to popular belief, millionaires often spend less (as a proportion of their total income) than non-millionaires. Self-made millionaires also hunt for great deals on clothes, household goods, and accessories, so don’t be surprised if you are shoulder to shoulder with these wealthy savers at …… the thrift store.

I’ve been shopping at thrift stores for most of my life (which is partly why I still have sticker shock every time I see a mall price tag), and because I’ve “seen it all”, I can tell you that most of the time, thrift store prices don’t really excite me… that is, until my recent visit to the Red Cross Thrift Store. Here’s what I found: (more…)

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…)