joannepoh

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.

travel insurance singapore
Travel Insurance
Do You Really Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance sounds like something meant to fleece kiasee people of their hard-earned cash. Many of us pay for travel insurance before we get on that plane. But why don’t...
2 February 2015
How to Take a Break From Work Without Destroying Your Career
Career
How to Take a Break From Work Without Destroying Your Career
Long working hours in Singapore are taking their toll, and for young workers these days, taking a break from the rat race is becoming quite common. In fact, in the...
2 February 2015
How Can You Save on Grocery Spending in Singapore? Grow Some of It!
Entertainment
How Can You Save on Grocery Spending in Singapore? Grow Some of It!
Don’t believe that the “organic” food at the supermarket is really that clean? Sick of being part of the big capitalist machine and want to start living off the land?...
30 January 2015
social media influencer singapore
Career
Can You Really Earn Money as a Social Media “Influencer”?
Blogging is big business in Singapore. Certain bloggers are even more well-known than actual TV celebrities. I mean, I have no idea who all the hot new Channel 8 actors...
30 January 2015
making money online
Career
4 Ways to Earn Money Online, Singapore-style
You might not exactly dream of becoming the next Xiaxue, but I bet earning money online doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. If you’re not a nubile young thing...
29 January 2015
non-profit organisation singapore
Career
Can You Survive Working for a Non-Profit Organisation?
If your day job comes across as a little… well… soul-sucking, you’ve probably thought of doing something actually worth caring about. Like, oh, rescuing starving children or saving the environment.
28 January 2015
Are SMEs Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Paying Their Employees Lousy Salaries?
Career
Are SMEs Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Paying Their Employees Lousy Salaries?
“If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys,” goes the old saying. And many SMEs are indeed getting the short end of the stick due to the low salaries they offer...
26 January 2015
short course career singapore
Career
Here’s Why Taking Short Courses May Not Increase Your Salary
Not earning enough? Time to upgrade yourself, exhorts the government! But before you run to the nearest Workforce Development Agency-approved centre to sign up for a course, we’ve got bad...
22 January 2015
money regrets singaporeans have
Opinion
3 Money Regrets Only Singaporeans Have
We all have a few regrets we’d rather forget about. Some are pretty much universal, like not spending enough time with loved ones or thinking you were cool enough for...
22 January 2015
Why do Singaporeans Work Such Long Hours?
Opinion
Why do Singaporeans Work Such Long Hours?
If the news stories are to be believed, Singaporean workers are disengaged and unproductive, a problem which supposedly costs the economy $6 billion per year. This is not to say...
21 January 2015
job offer singapore factors to consider
Career
Thinking of Taking Up a Job Offer? Here’s 10 Factors You Should Keep In Mind Before Accepting
Singaporeans tend to be better at answering questions than asking them. If you break out into a cold sweat at the end of an interview when you’re asked if you...
21 January 2015
coupon buying singapore
Budgeting
Is Extreme Couponing Possible in Singapore?
If you’re an expert on trashy shows on cable TV, you’ve probably heard of Extreme Couponing. For those without a TV or a cable subscription, extreme couponing happens when people...
19 January 2015
supermarket
Shopping
What to Buy at the Supermarket When You’re Broke
Cheap food, while not as cheap as before, is still available in Singapore. But eat all three meals at a hawker centre and you’re setting yourself up for diabetes or...
19 January 2015
tuition singapore
Family
3 Ways Too Much Tuition Might Make Your Child Poorer
Kiasu parents, take heed. Overloading your child with tuition classes may not necessarily put them on the fast track to a high paying job later on in life.
16 January 2015
buying second hand singapore
Shopping
The 5 Best Things to Get 2nd Hand in Singapore
Used and abused isn’t always a bad thing, at least when it comes to shopping. It doesn’t take a genius to know that buying something second hand should get you...
16 January 2015
tuition singapore
Education
Parents Are Now Going For Tuition—Is This a Good Idea?
The life of a kiasu parent is tough. From doing community service to get their kids into their primary school of choice to spending their retirement money on tuition classes...
15 January 2015
further studies
Education
What You Need to Know Before Quitting Your Job for Further Studies
So you’ve finally decided to pursue your masters in Greek mythology or get a PhD in zoology. Good for you. But before you quit your job, you’ve got quite a...
14 January 2015
organic food singapore
Dining
Organic Food in Singapore – How You Can Stay Healthy and Not Go Broke
If health is wealth, does that mean that spending a little more to eat healthily will actually make us richer? Well, maybe, considering the cost of healthcare in Singapore.
14 January 2015
buying expensive gift
Shopping
About to Buy Something Expensive? Ask Yourself These Questions First
My go-to bag is a $2 cloth tote from Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Every now and then, someone will ask me why I don’t “invest” in a better bag...
13 January 2015
slow wage growth singapore
Opinion
Slow Wage Growth in Singapore – What Must We Do to Survive?
In case you haven’t heard the bad news, slow wage growth in Singapore is expected to continue. In a city where prices shoot up higher than the blood pressure level...
12 January 2015
job hunt singapore
Career
5 Ways Singaporean Job Hunters Make Themselves Look Bad on their Resumes
As a working adult, you know the whole drill—when you decide you’ve had it with your abusive boss, you update your resume, type up a gushing, fulsome cover letter and...
8 January 2015
top money regrets singapore women
Opinion
Singaporean Women Share Their Top 3 Money Regrets
I like to think men and women really aren’t that different, but sometimes you’ve got to admit that there are distinct differences between their typical approaches to money. Ask around...
7 January 2015
singapore men top money regrets
Opinion
Singaporean Men Share Their Top 3 Money Regrets
A Singaporean without money woes is like Paris Hilton without makeup. While there are many money issues both men and women love to gripe about, I’ve noticed that there are...
6 January 2015
top 6 retirement countries
Entertainment
Top 6 Countries Where Singaporeans Might Actually Be Able to Retire
Why bother saving for retirement, right? The cost of living in Singapore is going to be so high by the time you get there that whatever you have in your...
6 January 2015
University Education singapore
Education
What Millennials Need to Know About Paying for their Own University Education
University can feel like a neverending party, but it’s over in the blink of an eye. And if it hasn’t been paid for by the time you get your degree,...
5 January 2015