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Articles by Eugenia Liew

I’m a 90s millennial who’s starting to realise that #adulting is more expensive than it seems on Instagram. When I’m not writing for MoneySmart, I’m usually playing with drain-dwelling stray cats or shopping at Sephora.

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Career
Want to Score a Job at Grab? Here Are 3 Tips to Get Hired
From the GrabCar decals and GrabFood riders on the road to the GrabPay wobblers at the cashier, Singapore is seeing bright green at every turn — and we’re not imagining...
17 October 2019
Best Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Savings Accounts for Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs)
Credit Cards
Best Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Savings Accounts for Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs)
For many Singaporean men, their National Service (NS) salary (well, allowance) is the first “real” paycheque they’ll ever receive. If you’re a current or soon-to-be NSF looking to start managing...
14 October 2019
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Dining
9 Non-Buffet Restaurants for Free-Flow Food — Unlimited Steak Sandwiches, Truffle Fries & More
What do Singaporeans love the most? Ask anyone and they’d probably give you 1 of 2 answers: food and freebies. Today, we marry the two with an ultimate guide to...
10 October 2019
fried chicken singapore
Dining
5 Best Taiwanese XL Fried Chicken in Singapore — Compare Menus, Prices & More
Crispy, deep-fried chicken thigh fillets, sprinkled with a generous coat of spicy MSG – what’s not to love? If there was to be a single night market food staple to rule...
7 October 2019
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Property
Getting a HDB Flat vs Executive Condo (EC) vs Private Condo in Singapore (2019)
If you are house-shopping now and can only afford to get a new HDB BTO, then you obviously don’t have much of a choice. But if you still have time...
2 October 2019
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Credit Cards
BOC Family Card – MoneySmart Review 2020
We all know that Bank of China (BOC) isn’t exactly the sexiest bank out there — their cards don’t have fancy designs and you hardly see their ads around —...
25 September 2019
golden mile complex supermarket
Shopping
10 “Interesting” Buys From The Golden Mile Complex Thai Supermarket
It’s true that people “don’t miss (their) water till the well runs dry”. In the Singapore context, we don’t miss our malls until they en bloc — first Queensway Shopping...
25 September 2019
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Credit Cards
CIMB Platinum Mastercard — MoneySmart Review 2020
The CIMB Platinum Mastercard and Visa Signature credit cards caused quite a bit of buzz last year-end (Nov 2018), when they offered a whopping 10% cashback for 5 bonus spending...
19 September 2019
iphone 11 singapore price
Shopping
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Prices in Singapore (2019)
I’m so tired of the whole iPhone hype — have people not switched out from Apple yet?! News of the newest iPhone models just dropped, and as with every third...
18 September 2019
iphone 11 singtel starhub m1 prices
Budgeting
Singtel, Starhub and M1 iPhone 11 Prices (2019) — Which Telco Is The Cheapest?
The news has been confirmed — the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max will officially be released in Singapore on 20 Sep 2019. Preorders are open...
18 September 2019
dog shelter expenses singapore
Budgeting
The Costs of Running Dog Shelter, Voices For Animals, in Singapore: “It’s Always A Loss We’re Making”
Yeah, yeah. We all know that animal shelters are very noble and charitable for taking in and caring for needy animals. Ask anyone and they’d agree that they respect the...
9 September 2019
How Did The 5 Richest People in Singapore Make Their Fortune?
Budgeting
How Did The 5 Richest People in Singapore Make Their Fortune?
Everyone knows that Singapore is a pretty rich country. We have a lot of rich people on our tiny island. And even the not-so-rich bulk of the population? We mostly...
6 September 2019
escape room singapore
Budgeting
Escape Rooms Singapore Price Guide — Freeing SG, Xcape, Trapped and More
I’ve been afraid of the dark since young, and recently while exploring a tunnel overseas, I discovered that I’m claustrophobic too. Escape rooms are an unholy marriage of the two,...
4 September 2019
furpal dog rental singapore
Opinion
Furpal Singapore — Would You “Sell” Playtime With Your Dog For $10 Per Hour?
If you have a dog or are a dog lover, you may have heard of the newest pet business in town: Furpal. With the platform, dog owners in Singapore can...
30 August 2019
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Shopping
Designer Fashion Subscriptions in Singapore — Style Theory vs Mad Thread vs The Treasure Collective
Unless you’re Kim Lim or Arissa Cheo and are born of billionaire blood, it’s unlikely that you can afford a wardrobe of designer garb. But with up-and-coming fashion subscription services...
27 August 2019
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Education
NDR 2019 — More Affordable Preschool, Polytechnic & University Fees for Mid-Income Families
On the education front, it was good news all around at last weekend’s National Day Rally 2019. A huge chunk of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech this year was...
21 August 2019
national day rally 2019
Budgeting
National Day Rally 2019 — On Retirement, CPF, Education & More
Shortly after Singapore’s 54th birthday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his National Day Rally 2019 speech last night (18 Aug 2019), with Singapore’s game plan for the year(s) ahead....
19 August 2019
Cheap Conveyor Belt Sushi in Singapore — Sushiro (New!) vs Sushi Express & More
Dining
Cheap Conveyor Belt Sushi in Singapore — Sushiro (New!) vs Sushi Express & More
Sushi aficionados would already know this, but Sushiro — Japan’s largest conveyor belt sushi chain — has finally hit Singapore (19 Aug 2019)! The chain has 530 outlets around the world,...
16 August 2019
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Dining
Jewel Changi Airport Guide – 5 First-In-Singapore Food Brands & Their Prices
Changi Airport has truly outdone themselves with Jewel, the hippest new mall in town. Located right next to Terminal 1, Jewel Changi Airport marries glamour and greenery – exuding a...
15 August 2019
safra membership singapore
Entertainment
SAFRA Membership Fees and Facilities — Plus 10 Best SAFRA Promotions & Discounts
Generally, SAFRA is an affordable recreation club in Singapore: If you can’t afford a “real” country club membership yet want access to facilities like swimming pools, bowling alleys and etc,...
13 August 2019
senior citizen discount supermarket
Budgeting
Senior Citizen Discounts in Singapore — Supermarkets and Pharmacies
I think of birthdays like video game levels. With each decade you clear, you “unlock” a series of benefits and/or quests. Turn 21? Time to vote. Turn 30? Don’t forget...
5 August 2019
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Home Loans
A Couple’s Resale Flat Journey — 5 Tips for Your First Home and Mortgage  
After the wedding, the next big milestone that’ll empty out your savings is your first home and mortgage. In Singapore, any home will be considered a big-ticket purchase. If, like an...
2 August 2019
hungry ghost festival
Wedding
5 Reasons to Get Married During Hungry Ghost Festival
The Hungry Ghost Festival, a.k.a. the “ghost month” or 7th month in the Chinese calendar, is almost here! Get ready for the smell of burning joss paper, scantily-clad getai singers and… huge...
2 August 2019
bad financial habits
Budgeting
5 Bad Financial Habits of Singaporeans in Their 30s and How To Avoid Them
If I had a dollar for every time someone reminded me that Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, I would probably have enough money to live comfortably...
1 August 2019
IMM singapore outlet mall
Shopping
IMM Singapore Guide – 11 Outlet Shops for Branded Handbags, Sportswear & Cosmetics
Japan has Gotemba Premium Outlets, and we have… the IMM Singapore in Jurong East. It’s nowhere near as glamorous — it’s an old outlet mall with funky-smelling walkways, so I...
23 July 2019