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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.

5 Ways You’re a Victim of Price Discrimination in Singapore
Shopping
5 Ways You’re a Victim of Price Discrimination in Singapore
How would you feel if you bought a pair of shoes at a shop for $200, only to discover that the salesperson sold the exact same shoes to your friend...
5 January 2015
career change
Career
The 3 Biggest Reasons Singaporeans Make Major Career Changes
We all know that guy who left banking to open a café or the engineer who became a real estate agent. While people change their careers all the time, even...
31 December 2014
cheap holiday destinations
Travel
5 Amazing and Affordable Holiday Destinations Not Many Singaporeans Visit
Many Singaporeans save up their annual leave like a beggar hoarding pennies so they can go on a sanity-restoring vacation now and then. While there are many ways you can...
31 December 2014
frugal people singapore
Budgeting
5 Personal Qualities That Save Frugal People From Dying of Boredom
A lot of people think being frugal is boring. But to be brutally honest, people who lack imagination and have no desire to leave their comfort zones are bored and...
31 December 2014
worst value for money singapore
Dining
3 Worst Value for Money Food Experiences Singaporeans Go Crazy Over
Any Singaporean who’s not obsessed about food may as well give up his pink IC. Other than shopping, our fellow countrymen spend most of their time stuffing their faces, whether...
30 December 2014
travel insurance singapore
Travel Insurance
5 Situations Where You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Buying Travel Insurance
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t buy travel insurance? Would you suddenly be able to see ghosts or would the world become bathed in psychedelic colours?...
30 December 2014
worthwhile lifestyle purchases singapore
Shopping
3 Worthwhile Purchases That End Up Paying For Themselves
While those Chanel earrings or that dapper suit might make you look like the wealthy man or woman about town, the reality is that they’re actually making you poorer, as...
29 December 2014
spend money singapore
Shopping
3 Things Most Singaporeans Are Glad They Spent Money On
We’re always talking about things it’s stupid to spend money on, like any cellphone with the word “Vertu” on it and any fashion item that costs more than a month’s...
29 December 2014
new year resolutions singaporean needs to make
Opinion
5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Singaporean Should Make
There’s a reason many people think making New Year’s resolutions is an exercise in futility. Reaching for the stars is definitely not something you should do when making New Year’s...
22 December 2014
stay at home mom singapore
Family
Can You Afford to Stay Home with Your Kids in Singapore?
If money weren’t an issue, I think it’s safe to say many more new mothers would choose to stay home with their kids, at least for a year or two....
19 December 2014
Discussing Money in Singapore: What’s Acceptable and What’s Not?
Opinion
Discussing Money in Singapore: What’s Acceptable and What’s Not?
In Singapore, we crucify people from other nationalities for what we perceive as being poor manners. But take a look around, and you’ll notice that while Singaporeans aren’t exactly shoving...
19 December 2014
ntuc fairprice warehouse club
Shopping
Downsize Your Grocery Spending in 2015 By Joining FairPrice’s Warehouse Club 
“Gotta steal to eat, gotta eat to live,” went that song in Disney’s Aladdin, and we can’t say we didn’t sympathise with him. Food is something everyone, no matter how...
19 December 2014
how to negotiate higher salary
Career
Stop Getting Lowballed by Singapore Employers – Here’s How to Negotiate a Higher Salary At Your Next Job Interview
Let’s be honest. As much as you might try to give job interviewers the impression that you’re so passionate about the job you’d do it for free, the truth is...
17 December 2014
renting house singapore
Property
Thinking of Renting Your Own Place in Singapore? Here are The 3 Most Important Things You Should Know
It used to be non-negotiable that Singaporeans stayed in the family home until marriage, but these days more and more people are starting to strike out on their own. Why...
16 December 2014
holiday in argentina under $2,300
Travel
How to Enjoy a Week in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Under $2,300
Ask the average Singaporean what he knows of Argentina and he might be hard-pressed to mention anything beyond Lionel Messi and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, which is a pity...
15 December 2014
moving house in singapore
Property
Moving House on a Budget: Is DIY Moving Worth the Trouble?
You and your friends might have spent countless hours watching anime or drama serials in your childhood bedroom, but at some point it’s time to grow up and move out.
15 December 2014
sbs smrt alternatives singapore
Transportation
For Those Who Can’t Afford a Car, Are There Serious Alternatives to Taking the MRT and Buses?
While many people in Singapore cite work as their biggest source of stress, for a significant number, I’m willing to bet, it’s actually the mornings before work that cause the...
12 December 2014
christmas gift ideas under $15
Entertainment
5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Under $15 That Won’t Insult the Recipient
Christmas, also known as the most stressful time of year, is just around the corner. That means it’s time to whip out your wallet and buy useless things for people...
10 December 2014
Should You Get Another Degree If You Hate Your Job?
Career
Should You Get Another Degree If You Hate Your Job?
It’s not uncommon to meet accountants who are sick to death of looking at numbers and engineers who want to get an MBA. And then there are the lawyers, 3...
10 December 2014
expensive hobbies singapore
Entertainment
4 Expensive Hobbies that Regular Singaporeans Enjoy
Just because someone has a full range of Leica cameras doesn’t mean he can take pictures better than the guy with the dinky second hand film SLR from the 90s....
9 December 2014
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Travel
How to Enjoy a Week in Siem Reap and See Angkor Wat for Under $450
Your friends might all be flying off to New York or London for the holidays, but if you’re broke don’t despair. For under $450, you too can go on a...
8 December 2014
6 Ways to Maximise Your Happiness Regardless of How Much Money You Have
Opinion
6 Ways to Maximise Your Happiness Regardless of How Much Money You Have
If there’s one thing virtually every Singaporean wants more of, it’s probably not the great outdoors and it’s definitely not kids. It’s everyone’s favourite topic, money.
5 December 2014
5 Free Ways to Enjoy Sport and Exercise in Singapore
Fitness & Beauty
5 Free Ways to Enjoy Sport and Exercise in Singapore
Centuries ago, being fat was a sign of wealth. These days, a low income is often associated with bad eating habits. As a result, more and more obese people in...
5 December 2014
3 Things Adults in Singapore Pay For Due to Peer Pressure
Opinion
3 Things Adults in Singapore Pay For Due to Peer Pressure
When most people think of peer pressure, scenes of teenagers surreptitiously passing cigarettes around at HDB playgrounds flash through their minds. Actually, many kids these days seem a lot wiser...
3 December 2014
shopping bad habits singapore
Shopping
4 Bad Habits All Singaporean Shoppers Need to Break Now
When the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, Singaporeans flock to… not the beach or the park, but shopping malls, where they seek shelter from bird droppings and...
2 December 2014