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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.

FWD Insurance — Essential Life Review
Health Insurance
FWD Term Life Insurance – Essential Life Review 2020
When it comes to insurance, having lots of options isn’t exactly a good thing. After all, you only need one insurance policy for each purpose. And let’s face it, shopping...
2 days ago
aia healthshield integrated shield plans
Health Insurance
AIA HealthShield Gold Max Integrated Shield Plan Review 2020
Imagine the feeling of being rushed to hospital in an ambulance, and worrying the whole time about how much that ambulance ride, and your impending treatment, will cost. That’s what...
3 days ago
Facials, teeth whitening, massages and other self care treatments that you can do at home to save money
Fitness & Beauty
5 Gadgets for DIY Facial Treatments, Massages & Teeth Whitening at Home
Without frequent weekend trips to our favourite overseas destinations, most of us feel like crap right now. But there are many other ways to unwind and make you feel that...
3 days ago
Health Screening in Singapore
Healthcare
Health Screening in Singapore — How Much Does a Comprehensive Health Screening Cost?
Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean death or huge medical bills. But how much do...
4 days ago
Breast Cancer Awareness: Mammogram Screenings and Subsidies
Healthcare
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to Go for Cheap or Free Mammograms
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Singaporean women. The good news is that it can be detectable in many cases before it is too late — but only...
4 days ago
Hoolah, Rely and Other Credit Card Instalment Plans to Ease Your Payment Pains
Budgeting
Hoolah, Rely & Other Credit Card Instalment Plans to Ease Your Payment Pains
Been eyeing that new iPhone 12 or Secret Lab chair, but afraid to dip into your savings in these dark economic times? We always advocate making smart financial decisions and...
5 days ago
8 events to raise the scary stakes on your Halloween horror nights
Entertainment
8 Events to Raise the Scary Stakes on Your Halloween horror nights
The Halloween costume of the year should be a hazmat suit. Even the organisers of the enormously popular Halloween Horror Nights Singapore got spooked by Covid-19 this year and cancelled...
16 October 2020
HDB BTO November 2020 Launch in Non-Mature Estates — Sembawang and Tengah
Property
HDB BTO November 2020 Launch in Non-Mature Estates — Sembawang and Tengah
HDB BTO launches in non-mature estates have the reputation of being cheap but ulu. The November 2020 batch of launches is no different. BTO flats in non-mature estates are significantly...
14 October 2020
HDB BTO November 2020 Launch in Mature Estates – Toa Payoh (Bidadari), Bishan, Tampines
Property
HDB BTO November 2020 Launch in Mature Estates — Toa Payoh (Bidadari), Bishan, Tampines
November’s crop of HDB BTO launches gives you a chance to own a home in some of Singapore’s most attractive locations, with BTO flats in the highly coveted Toa Payoh...
13 October 2020
10 Singapore Tours to Rediscover a Different Side of the Country
Entertainment
10 Singapore Tours to Rediscover a Different Side of Singapore
Remember the time when short getaways were so easily available and travelling overseas was a breeze? Those were happy times before Covid-19 reared its ugly head and ruined holiday travel...
8 October 2020
10 Hotel Day Packages for Work and Play at $250 and Below
Budgeting
10 Hotel Day Packages for Work and Play at $250 and Below
Tired of trying to work from the dining room table as your parents blare their Mediacorp drama serials? Level up your work-from-home session at a different location. No, not at...
6 October 2020
10 Reusable Face Masks to Buy and Try from Uniqlo, Under Armour and More
Healthcare
10 Reusable Face Masks to Buy and Try from Uniqlo, Under Armour and More
Who would have thought face masks would one day become a wardrobe essential? Before Covid-19 became a thing, the only times you would see face masks in Singapore were at...
30 September 2020
Being A Personal Trainer in Singapore — Complete Guide to Costs, Courses and Certification
Career
Being A Personal Trainer in Singapore — Complete Guide to Costs, Courses and Certification
Gyms are full of people grinding away at the machines but not seeing the results they want. What these people need is a personal trainer to work out a personalised...
28 September 2020
cheapest parking in orchard road
Transportation
The Cheapest Parking Rates in Orchard Road for Cars (2020 Edition)
Orchard Road is designed to make people go broke. Some of the buildings along Orchard Road charge so much that parking there is no different from getting your wheel clamped....
25 September 2020
google pay
Credit Cards
Google Pay vs Apple Pay vs Alipay – What’s the Difference for a Singaporean?
Head to China and you’ll realise that people there are totally comfortable making payments with their mobile phones. All they have to do is download mobile wallet app Alipay, and...
24 September 2020
Chiropractors in Singapore help to manage neck pain and back pain
Healthcare
10 Chiropractors in Singapore to Manage Pain in the Back, Neck and More
Feeling more aches and pains in your lower back or waking up to a stiffer neck than before? So are the rest of us, thanks to working from home and...
23 September 2020
Consider StashAway, Phillip Securities POEMS, MoneyOwl, Endowus, FSMOne cash management accounts for better interest rates
Budgeting
Cash Management Accounts: Stashaway vs FSMOne vs Phillip Securities vs Endowus vs MoneyOwl Comparison (2020)
We all know that stashing your savings away in a run-of-the-mill POSB savings account is a waste due to dismal interest rates. But even so-called high interest savings accounts (UOB...
21 September 2020
Budgeting 101 – 8 Apps to Manage your Expenses
Budgeting
Budgeting 101 – 8 Apps to Manage your Expenses
If you’re not making enough moolah (and let’s be honest, in this economy, who is?), the biggest favour you can do yourself is to pick up some financial management skills....
17 September 2020
poems philips capital
Invest
POEMS by Phillip Securities — A Review of PhillipCapital’s Investment Brokerage Tool
“Poetry is a luxury we cannot afford,” said former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in the 1960s. So it’s perhaps unsurprising that POEMS by Phillip Securities is actually an investment...
7 September 2020
Top 10 Kids Activities in Singapore to Learn Coding, Art and Other Skills
Education
Top 10 Kids Activities in Singapore to Learn Coding, Art and Other Skills
The September school holidays are just around the corner! Sign your kids up for some activities and camps where they can pick up new skills, have fun, and more importantly,...
4 September 2020
City Index invest or trade forex, CFDs, indices, stocks, shares, commodities
Invest
City Index Review (2020) – A Guide to Investing Using This Brokerage
City Index is a brokerage that lets you trade CFDs or contracts for difference. Wait up, CF-what? Well, when you trade CFDs, you are entering into an agreement based on...
3 September 2020
Invest CFD stocks, ETFs, indices, crypto, options, forex with IG Markets
Invest
IG Markets Review (2020) – A Guide to Using This Brokerage
Established in the UK, IG Markets is a prominent brokerage that lets you trade CFDs on an easy-to-use online platform. While not strictly a Singapore brokerage, it does offer exposure...
2 September 2020
td ameritrade thinkorswim
Invest
TD Ameritrade thinkorswim Singapore Trading App: Monthly Fees & Features
Finding a great platform for stock trading might not automatically make you rich, but once you find one that lets you execute trades with ease, it does go a long...
31 August 2020
saxo saxotradergo platform
Invest
Saxo Markets (Singapore) Investment Brokerage Review: How to Invest Using SaxoTraderGO?
So, you’re ready to start making your money work for you by investing it. Great! But before you can start, you need to decide which investment brokerage to use. That’s...
28 August 2020
SIBOR, SORA and SOR Rates Explained — All You Need To Know And How They Affect Your Home Loans
Property
SIBOR, SORA and SOR Rates Explained — How They Affect Your Home Loans
One of the biggest decisions you have to make when buying a home is… no, not what colour you want the walls to be, but what home loan to go...
27 August 2020