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Articles by Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.

best multi currency cards and accounts in singapore
Travel
Comparing Digital Multi-Currency Accounts: Wise, YouTrip, Revolut, and More
Preparing for an overseas holiday usually involves a trip to the money changer at Mustafa or Change Alley in hopes of getting the best exchange rates, and then fearfully rushing...
2 days ago
guide to wedding ang bao rates in singapore in 2024
Wedding
Wedding Ang Bao Rates in Singapore 2024—How Much Should You Give?
Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Don’t be fooled into thinking that wedding ang baos (red packets) are purely a gift from the heart. In Singapore,...
5 days ago
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Career
Fresh Graduate Jobs in Singapore: How to Write Your Resume & Other Tips
Nobody teaches you how to “adult”, least of all your teachers at school. Whether you scored As or Ds, you’ll be just as lost as everyone else when you wade...
28 June 2024
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Property
2 Essential Things to Consider When Buying an Old HDB Resale Flat
Home isn’t just where the heart is. In Singapore, home is also where the money is. Many people pour all their money into their properties, signing up for massive loans...
27 June 2024
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Credit Cards
9 Best Air Miles Credit Cards in Singapore (Jun 2024)
Ah, the air miles credit card. Clearly the most glamorous of all credit cards. Every time you use one, you’re reinforcing your image as a globetrotting, wanderlusting, jet-setter. But more importantly,...
26 June 2024
Singaporean Households to Receive Additional $300 CDC Vouchers in Jun 2024: How to Claim, Where to Spend Them, Etc.
Budgeting
Singaporean Households to Receive Additional $300 CDC Vouchers in Jun 2024: How to Claim, Where to Spend Them, Etc.
Good news, folks—in addition to the $500 in CDC (Community Development Council) vouchers we received in Jan 2024, we’re getting another $300 in CDC vouchers this Jun 2024. That’s a...
26 June 2024
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Credit Cards
The HSBC Revolution Card’s Latest Nerf—Bye Bye 10X Points on Contactless Payments and Travel Spend (MoneySmart Review 2024)
Uh oh. We have another nerf. The HSBC Revolution Card has been a favourite among Singapore credit card users for letting you earn HSBC rewards points for online and contactless...
26 June 2024
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PA Insurance
7 Best Personal Accident Insurance Plans That Cost Under $175/Year in Singapore (2024)—Less Than $0.50 a Day!
Everyone experiences bad luck now and then. Like when you don’t strike Toto, the MRT breaks down, or your HDB block didn’t get selected for en bloc. But what about...
25 June 2024
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Property
What Is The Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) “99-1 Loophole” in Singapore and Is It Illegal? (2024)
The mark of a true blue Singaporean isn’t how well he/she can follow the law, it’s about getting around it without breaking it. But all that becomes tricky when we’re...
24 June 2024
HDB Downpayment Guide: How Much Do You Need for BTO, Resale & EC?
Home Loans
HDB Downpayment Guide: How Much Do You Need for BTO, Resale & EC?
Balloting for a BTO flat is the first port of call for many first-time homeowners in Singapore.  That said, these days, people are also turning to resale flats and executive condominiums (ECS) because...
24 June 2024
Buying an HDB BTO Flat in Singapore: A Step-By-Step Guide (2024)
Property
Buying an HDB BTO Flat in Singapore: A Step-By-Step Guide (2024)
The Jun 2024 BTO sales exercise is upon us—and with it, renewed interest in buying a BTO flat. Buying an HDB BTO flat is a rite of passage for most...
21 June 2024
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Credit Cards
How to Get Credit Card Annual Fee Waivers and Still Enjoy Rewards and Perks
When it comes to credit cards, it’s all about getting the upper hand—getting more money out of the bank than they’ll ever get from you.  The secret? Pay all your...
14 June 2024
SRS-Retirement-Account
Budgeting
Here’s Everything You Should Know About the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) Account
In Singapore, retirement is always something we crave. While not all of us will be FIRE fanatics, we do want to plan for having more of that cash money when...
14 June 2024
citi-cash-back-plus-mastercard-moneysmart-review
Credit Cards
Citibank Cash Back+ Credit Card: MoneySmart Review 2024
I have a soft spot for cash back credit cards. There’s none of that beating around the bush, trying to predict when your rewards points expire or getting slapped with...
6 June 2024
freelance-work-finances
Career
Going Freelance? Here’s How You Should Plan Your CPF & Finances For 2024
Back when I started freelancing full-time in 2014, the only friends who were free to meet up with me at midnight were home tutors. Now, it seems like half of...
24 May 2024
Best Hotel Rewards and Loyalty Programmes That Work Around the World in 2024
Travel
Best Hotel Rewards and Loyalty Programmes That Work Around the World in 2024
Picture this: You’re sipping a complimentary glass of champagne as you step into a luxurious suite with breathtaking views of an iconic city skyline. The concierge greets you by name,...
16 May 2024
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Travel Insurance
Best Travel Insurance Policies for Places Prone to Natural Disasters (2024)
When it comes to natural disasters, Singapore is a sheltered island. How sheltered? Based on data from 2023, we have the 4th lowest disaster risk in the world. So on...
13 May 2024
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Personal Loans
8 Best Personal Loans in Singapore with Lowest Interest Rates (May 2024)
If you’re in urgent need of money, but are too paiseh to borrow from your family and friends, your best bet is probably a personal loan. With a personal loan, you...
10 May 2024
Baby Bonus Scheme in Singapore—How Much Can Parents Get?
Family
Baby Bonus Scheme in Singapore—How Much Can Parents Get?
Children are expensive little critters. Once they acquire the ability to speak, they start demanding that you buy them Nintendo Switches and iPhones. As a parent, you need all the...
9 May 2024
Is Singapore Too Expensive to Live In?—Singapore’s Cost of Living 2024
Budgeting
Is Singapore Too Expensive to Live In?—Singapore’s Cost of Living 2024
Welcome to the most expensive city in the world. According to the Worldwide Cost of Living survey by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), Singapore has once again topped the list of the world’s...
3 May 2024
7 Best Rewards Credit Cards in Singapore (2024): Citibank, OCBC, DBS & More
Credit Cards
7 Best Rewards Credit Cards in Singapore (2024): Citibank, OCBC, DBS & More
If you love collecting points and redeeming them, a rewards credit card will give you some added life satisfaction. These days, there’s a lot more in banks’ rewards catalogues than...
26 April 2024
Standard Chartered Personal Loan Review: Is SCB CashOne Personal Loan The Best?
Personal Loans
Standard Chartered Personal Loan Review 2024: Should You Take the SCB CashOne Personal Loan?
Need money for your flat or condo downpayment? Perhaps you have big renovation plans or you’ve had a bit of an emergency that requires a large amount of cash in...
19 April 2024
dbs-visa-debit-card-moneysmart-review
Credit Cards
Is the DBS Visa Debit Card Better Than a Credit Card?—MoneySmart Review 2024
Haven’t used a debit card since you were too young and poor to apply for a credit card? The DBS Visa Debit Card just might change that. That’s because you can...
18 April 2024
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Budgeting
YouTrip Review—Guide to YouTrip Card, Exchange Rates & Promo Codes
Which is your preferred multi-currency account for travel spending? We asked this question on our Telegram channel recently, and guess which came out on top? Yup—YouTrip. I guess their claim...
18 April 2024
How Much Are Health Screening Packages in Singapore? Comparing Public and Private Hospitals and Clinics
Healthcare
How Much Are Health Screening Packages in Singapore? Comparing Public and Private Hospitals and Clinics
Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean huge medical bills or, worse, death. But how much...
16 April 2024