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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.

daiso singapore
Shopping
9 Weird and Quirky Things You Can Buy at Daiso for $2
There are many things I wish they sold at Daiso, like car COEs and Macbooks. Instead, Daiso chooses to fill their shelves with household items, food, stationery and… some items...
17 March 2015
hippie save money singapore
Budgeting
How Living Like a True Hippie Can Help You Save Money in Singapore
Back in the 60s and 70s, hippies were a persecuted bunch in Singapore. Long hair on men was banned (the law was silent on long nose hair though) and the...
17 March 2015
singapore public transport
Transportation
3 Hacks to Use on Public Transport in Singapore
Every time someone declares haughtily that the Singapore public transport system is way better that in London/New York/Timbuktu, I bristle a little inside, because these people are never one of...
17 March 2015
5 Extravagant After School Activities Singaporean Kids are Enjoying
Entertainment
5 Extravagant After School Activities Singaporean Kids are Enjoying
It can be disconcerting to see someone who isn’t even old enough to watch an R(A) movie in the cinemas cruise past you at the wheel of a Porsche, but...
17 March 2015
community centre singapore
Entertainment
5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Learn at Community Centres in Singapore
Mention community centres in Singapore and the first things that come to mind are line dancing, karaoke and kids’ art and craft. Let’s face it, community centres or community clubs...
11 March 2015
4 Things Every Singaporean Must Do to Prepare for Passing On No Matter How Far Off It May Seem
Budgeting
4 Things Every Singaporean Must Do to Prepare for Passing On No Matter How Far Off It May Seem
One of Singaporeans’ favourite sayings is that it’s cheaper to die in Singapore than it is to fall sick. Unfortunately, dying isn’t all that cheap either, as your family members...
6 March 2015
saving money at lunch singapore
Dining
3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Save Money at Lunch
Lunches in the middle of the work day are a sordid affair. Office workers wield tissue packets like weapons to “chope” seats at hawker centres, bringing their competitive, every-man-for-himself attitude...
6 March 2015
falling sick singapore
Budgeting
Cheaper to Die Than Get Sick in Singapore? Here are Some Ways to Ease the Burden
Other than the odd visit to the GP to get an MC excusing you from work, there are times when you just have to visit a doctor in order to...
5 March 2015
italian pizza singapore
Dining
8 Affordable Places to Hit Up for Authentic Italian Pizza
Forget Pizza Hut. If it’s authentic Italian pizza you’re looking for, and not the kind that arrives at midnight in the hands of a delivery guy on a moped, you’ll...
4 March 2015
3 Degrees Singapore Public Universities Should Think of Offering Undergrads
Education
3 Degrees Singapore Public Universities Should Think of Offering Undergrads
It’s hard to believe that once upon a time, NUS and NTU were the only local universities on the entire island. Even worse, the range of courses available to students...
4 March 2015
quit job singapore
Career
Quitting Your Job Without a New One to Go to? Make Sure You Do These 4 Things First
Despite the fact that quitting without a new job lined up sounds totally crazy to people in countries with a less robust employment market than ours, more and more burned...
4 March 2015
3 Strategies to Help You Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear
Shopping
3 Strategies to Help You Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear
Back when I was in school, I developed a mysterious liking for vintage hats. I imagined I would wear them to tea parties like the ones thrown by the Mad...
3 March 2015
comparing money singapore
Opinion
How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others When it Comes to Money
You might have been satisfied with your $2,000 bonus, but then your colleague sidles up to you and says he got $10,000. Now you’re on the brink of quitting your...
3 March 2015
university degrees singapore
Education
3 University Degrees That Might Actually be Useful in Future
Every few years, some newspaper report mentions that x industry is going to be really hot in future and everyone rushes to get a place in one of those courses...
2 March 2015
3 Things Singaporean Parents Should Stop Telling Their Kids Now
Family
3 Things Singaporean Parents Should Stop Telling Their Kids Now
Kiasu Singaporean parents, you’ve just gotta love ’em. If you were born to Singaporean parents and grew up here, you’ve probably heard a few of their classic sayings, such the...
2 March 2015
ERP Payment singapore
Transportation
Hate Paying ERP? So Does Everybody Else – Here’s How to Pay Less
After being away from Singapore for a few months last year, I returned to discover a new ERP gantry, sprung up like a mushroom after the rain, right at the...
27 February 2015
unconventional jobs singapore
Career
4 Unconventional Careers That Pay Well in Singapore
In Singapore, a career is only considered desirable if it pays big bucks. Unfortunately, too many of such careers often require one to obtain perfect A level grades or understand...
26 February 2015
wedding photoshoot overseas
Wedding
Top 3 Wedding Photoshoot Destinations Singaporeans Love For $4,000 and Below
Singaporeans have this interesting habit of posing for staged wedding photos months before the actual wedding. Whether you think it’s ridiculous or a wonderful way to memorialise your relationship, if...
26 February 2015
car ownership singapore
Transportation
What Will it Take to Get Singaporeans to Give Up Their Cars?
Many foreigners are baffled as to why a Singaporean would want to buy a car, paying several times the price of a car in their own home countries. After all,...
23 February 2015
money mistakes
Opinion
3 Big Money Mistakes People Make in Times of Stress
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that you attract whatever you think of, as new age yuppies being fed a diet of The Secret and hot yoga...
20 February 2015
instalment payment broke singapore
Personal Loans
What to Do If You Have to Pay a Loan Instalment but are Broke and Desperate
If you thought you hated getting calls from telemarketers trying to convince you to sign up for bank loans, trust me, it’s 58 times worse than the bank is calling...
19 February 2015
shopping overseas
Shopping
6 Things Singaporeans Love to Buy Overseas
You can always spot a Singaporean in a shop overseas by the twinkle in his eye as he remarks, “This is cheaper than in Singapore!” When a war is about...
18 February 2015
investment scams singapore
Invest
4 Infamous Investment Scams Singaporeans Have Fallen Prey To
You know how some religious leaders tell their followers that if they pray hard enough and donate tons of money to their organisation, their gods will bless them with wealth?...
17 February 2015
hobbies drain money singapore
Entertainment
3 Ways Your Hobbies Are Draining You of Cash, and What You Can Do About It
Take away your job and your home and you might still survive, but if someone tries to pry that Gundam model from your fingers or cancels your MMA gym membership,...
13 February 2015
zouk singapore
Entertainment
How to Get Into Singapore’s Most Popular Clubs for Free
50% of the most important decade of my life was spent in neverending queues for club toilets, or sitting by the side of the road waiting for a cab (or...
13 February 2015