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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.

In Case You Didn’t Know, These 4 Things Lower Your Taxes in Singapore
Budgeting
In Case You Didn’t Know, These 4 Things Lower Your Taxes in Singapore
Sweeping statements are usually inaccurate, but we think we can quite safely say that nobody likes to pay taxes. Try telling that car owner that by renewing his COE he’s...
19 August 2015
bali holiday
Travel
How to Go on a Week-Long Holiday to Bali for Less than $700
To those in other parts of the world, Bali is an exotic paradise where people go on spiritual journeys to find themselves. Or at least that’s what Eat, Pray, Love...
18 August 2015
Top 3 Concerns of Overseas Singaporeans Who Don’t Want to Return
Opinion
Top 3 Concerns of Overseas Singaporeans Who Don’t Want to Return
We might have one of the world’s most famous infinity pools and more shopping malls than you could ever hope to visit in this lifetime. Salaries in many industries here...
17 August 2015
5 Common Mistakes Made by Singaporeans in Search of Their Dream Home
Property
5 Common Mistakes Made by Singaporeans in Search of Their Dream Home
So you fell in love with the penthouse’s infinity pool or were bowled over by the sea view from the living room. But before you eagerly hand over the booking...
17 August 2015
social media poor beggar
Opinion
4 Ways Social Media Makes You Feel Like a Pauper
The common Singaporean complaint about not having enough money is, to a certain extent, a matter of perspective. Many of us make ourselves miserable not because we’re really poor, but...
15 August 2015
5 Jobs You Can Do From Home That Don’t Require Years of Training
Career
5 Jobs You Can Do From Home That Don’t Require Years of Training
Working from home might work for some, particularly those who are averse to taking showers, but not everyone decides to quit their day job just because they don’t like the...
14 August 2015
multigenerational hdb flat
Property
Is Buying a Multigenerational HDB Flat a Good Idea?
In a never-ending quest to combat Singapore’s limited land area, the HDB launched multigenerational flats a while back in a bid to encourage three generations in a family to live...
14 August 2015
4 Psychological Hurdles That Prevent Singaporeans From Investing
Invest
4 Psychological Hurdles That Prevent Singaporeans From Investing
The huge gap between wages and cost of living in Singapore means Singaporeans need to make the most of the money they have. If you are content to let your...
13 August 2015
4 Things to Consider Before Buying the Most Expensive Home You Can Afford
Property
4 Things to Consider Before Buying the Most Expensive Home You Can Afford
As residents of the little country that could, we’re always looking upwards to the next best thing. Bought your first HDB flat? Great, now let’s look to upgrading to a...
12 August 2015
The Hidden Costs of Depression No One Knows About and How You Can Combat Them
Healthcare
The Hidden Costs of Depression No One Knows About and How You Can Combat Them
When Singaporeans think of mental health issues, images of crazy people in straitjackets come to mind. That’s why despite increasing numbers of Singaporeans being diagnosed with depression due to escalating...
12 August 2015
4 Things Employers Must Understand About Millennials in Singapore
Career
4 Things Employers Must Understand About Millennials in Singapore
Every day, in workplaces all over Singapore, the struggle between millennials and their baby boomer colleagues plays out. Older workers write off their younger subordinates for being entitled and flaky...
11 August 2015
hobbies singapore
Entertainment
5 Easy Ways to Make Your Hobbies Cheaper in Singapore
Even if your hobby isn’t flying your private jet or riding and grooming your pet horses, the most innocuous of interests can still end up costing a pretty penny. Just...
11 August 2015
4 Psychological Reasons People Get Addicted to Shopping in Singapore
Shopping
4 Psychological Reasons People Get Addicted to Shopping in Singapore
Hit up Orchard Road on a weekend and you’ll practically be crowdsurfing waves of shopping bag-toting Singaporeans as they try on outfits at H&M, stare wistfully at designer handbags at...
10 August 2015
6 Regular and Fun Events in Singapore That are Absolutely Free
Entertainment
6 Regular and Fun Events in Singapore That are Absolutely Free
There are some events in Singapore that so blatantly exist solely to rip people off of as much money as possible that I’m surprised they don’t just ask you to...
7 August 2015
3 Big Reasons More Singaporean Employers Should Let Their Employees Work From Home
Career
3 Big Reasons More Singaporean Employers Should Let Their Employees Work From Home
To Singaporean employers, perks usually mean things like a gym membership, medical insurance or being allowed to wear jeans on Casual Friday. But being allowed to work from home is...
6 August 2015
salary singapore
Career
4 Tips for Singaporeans Who Are Too Paiseh to Negotiate Their Salary
Directness is definitely not one of Singaporeans’ virtues. One only has to look on Stomp to see that passive-aggressive behaviour reigns instead of a straightforward approach. When it comes to...
5 August 2015
3 Sad Reasons Materialistic Singaporeans Live a Miserable Life
Opinion
3 Sad Reasons Materialistic Singaporeans Live a Miserable Life
You might not find too many Paris Hilton-lookalikes in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean that society at large doesn’t have its own brand of materialism. The Singapore of the past...
4 August 2015
6 Ways That You Can Look For a Job Like a Pro in Singapore
Career
6 Ways That You Can Look For a Job Like a Pro in Singapore
For many Singaporean employees, job hunting is like practising a sport—you have to do it all the time to keep yourself on your toes. That explains the high turnover rate...
4 August 2015
nespresso singapore
Shopping
Is Getting a Nespresso Machine Really Worth The Money in Singapore?
Kopi is no longer cool enough for Singaporeans. Ever since hipster cafes started springing up everywhere like mushrooms after the rain, there’s been a surge of interest in coffee. All...
3 August 2015
5 Tips That Can Help You Survive the 9-6 Daily Grind in Singapore
Career
5 Tips That Can Help You Survive the 9-6 Daily Grind in Singapore
Even if you don’t completely loathe your job, you’ve got to admit that there are days when time just seems to crawl by. You struggle to keep your eyelids open...
3 August 2015
5 Money Saving Tips Singaporeans Should Know If Something Bad Happens to Their Car
Transportation
5 Money Saving Tips Singaporeans Should Know If Something Bad Happens to Their Car
You might refer to your car as your “wife” and have spent many loving hours polishing its rims. But no matter how much care and attention you lavish on your...
30 July 2015
How Do You Determine What the “Best” Credit Card Is?
Credit Cards
How Do You Determine What the “Best” Credit Card Is?
Think back to your first credit card and how you chose it. Did you pick it because you liked the colour, or because a salesman from the bank approached you...
30 July 2015
5 Household Expenses That Singaporeans Can Definitely Do Without
Budgeting
5 Household Expenses That Singaporeans Can Definitely Do Without
One of the most expensive things about living in Singapore is keeping a roof over your head. Apart from a hefty mortgage, many Singaporeans seriously underestimate how much it costs...
30 July 2015
Always Busting Your Budget Before the End of the Month? 3 Emergency Measures You Should Take Immediately
Budgeting
Always Busting Your Budget Before the End of the Month? 3 Emergency Measures You Should Take Immediately
You might have devised an elaborate budget at the beginning of the year, complete with colour coding, spreadsheets and motivation graphics. But if you’re unable to stick to it, you...
29 July 2015
5 Mistakes Singaporeans Make When Calculating How Much They Need for Retirement
Opinion
5 Mistakes Singaporeans Make When Calculating How Much They Need for Retirement
Singaporeans all over the island freaked out when the Straits Times published this article last year declaring that they were going to need $1 million in order to retire. Many...
29 July 2015