Candy Crush: Crushing Your Wallet

Candy Crush Saga
“Free-to-play” games can be quite costly.

I’ve been stuck on Level 290 in Candy Crush for a while now; I even took a 2+ month hiatus because I got so frustrated with the level. I came really, really close to beating it, with just one move left. But I could not bring myself to pay money for extra moves. Many people (about one-third of players) will eventually give in and end up buying extra lives, moves, or boosters. While these purchases are rather small, usually no more than a couple of dollars, with 590 levels (so far), these small purchases can and do add up. So how much do people spend on this “free” app? (more…)

Where to Get a Cheap, Effective, Quality Massage without the Sales Pitch

Cheap effective quality massage
Fuss-free massages don’t have to be expensive.

I was a massage virgin until the ripe age of 32. Before then, I never thought I would be someone who would need regular visits to a massage therapist. But once I experienced how good it made me feel and how truly therapeutic it was, I decided to make it part of my monthly wellness budget. Many of my friends told me that in order to get a good quality massage, you would have to buy a spa package, which could cost over $1000. They also warned me that once you get up-sold a package, you will continue to get up-sold once that package ends. I don’t like hard sells. So I wanted to find a place that was cheap, effective, and didn’t come with a sales pitch at the end. (more…)

Frugality and Spirituality – How the Two are Related

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Celebrate Vesak Day by being frugal.

Today, Buddhists will celebrate Vesak Day. Gratitude, mindfulness, humility, and frugality are all virtues of Buddhism. One could even argue that these virtues exist in some form in nearly all religions. On this Vesak Day, I am reminded that being frugal is not just for the sole purpose of saving money. A deeper, and somewhat more profound reason to be frugal is spiritual, ecological, and maybe even ethical. (more…)

Free MRT Travel for Early Risers Extended for Another Year

singapore mrt train
Travel early to travel for free (and it’s less crowded too!)

Early risers who have been enjoying free travel to the 18 designated MRT stations before 7:45am will continue to enjoy free fares for another year (till 23 June 2015). Those who tap out between 7:45am and 8am will also continue to get a 50 cent discount to these 18 stations. And to really help encourage you to shift your morning commute, for the next 3 Fridays (16, 23, & 30 May), Ya Kun Kaya Toast will be giving out free breakfast vouchers worth $4.60. (more…)

5 Meaningful (and inexpensive) Gifts for Mother’s Day

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These gifts are not just inexpensive; they are priceless!

Being a good, responsible, and dedicated mother is perhaps one of the hardest jobs in the world. There are no off days or sick days. You get no salary, no benefits package, and the working conditions and hours can be insane. But the role does come with huge upside potential – a lifetime of purpose, memories, rewards, personal growth, and meaning. So why would I “cheapen” this by opting for an inexpensive Mother’s Day gift? (more…)