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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 best flea markets singapore
Shopping
5 Best Flea Markets in Singapore
Buying stuff in actual shops in Singapore can be so expensive you have to take out a bank loan just to buy a pair of flip-flops. Okay, I exaggerate, but...
26 September 2014
worst thing about being broke
Opinion
The 6 Worst Things About Being Broke, and What You Can Do About It
As you gaze hopelessly at your fellow human beings roaring past in their Ferraris on the way to yet another party at a club you can’t even get a job...
25 September 2014
4 reasons why 9 to 6 job not suitable
Career
4 Compelling Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Up With That 9-6 Job Anymore
When I was working in an office, I had the distinct impression that at least 80% of the people around me hated coming to work.
25 September 2014
when to sell iphone singapore
Budgeting
When is the Best Time to Sell Your Old iPhone?
You wanted to sell your old iPhone for months but were too lazy. Now Apple has gone and released the iPhone 6, rendering your old phone virtually worthless. Great. Is...
24 September 2014
4 sites to get freelance services singapore
Career
4 Sites to Get Freelance Services So You Can Start Outsourcing Your Life
If you’ve ever dreamt of paying someone else to do the things you hate like creating pointless spreadsheets for your boss, building cold calling lists for your business or deleting...
23 September 2014
why budget air travel is not as cheap
Travel
Why Budget Air Travel May Not Be As Cheap As You Think
The few times I’ve tried to fall asleep on the cold, hard floor of an airport praying that no one would step on my head, I’ve found myself seriously wondering...
19 September 2014
cost saving swimming lessons children singapore
Family
5 Cost Saving Ways to Choose Swimming Lessons For Kids in Singapore
While not every parent might agree that math Olympiad classes or archery lessons are necessary for a kid, swimming lessons are pretty much mandatory, unless you want to get a...
19 September 2014
5 Small Businesses Singaporeans Keep Setting Up
Career
5 Small Businesses Singaporeans Keep Setting Up
Singaporeans might not be the most entrepreneurial bunch in the world. But when they do strike out on their own, more and more are being drawn towards certain types of...
18 September 2014
education loan singapore
Education Loans
6 Things You Should Know Before Taking an Education Loan
Remember when you were a kid and prayed fervently for the day to arrive when you would never again have to go to school? Now that you’re older, you might,...
17 September 2014
stupid money beliefs
Opinion
5 Stupid Beliefs About Money Even Smart People Cling To
Some people are clever enough to cure rare diseases, solve a Rubik’s Cube in 3 seconds or invent thousands of ingenious excuses to get out of work, yet are totally...
17 September 2014
NFC technology mobile singapore
Budgeting
3 Ways Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology On Mobile Will Change Your Life
If you already get the shivers when you hear acronyms like ERP, COE and MRT, don’t worry. NFC isn’t all that scary. But wait, what the heck is it anyway? If...
16 September 2014
budget hotels near F1 circuit singapore
Entertainment
4 Budget Hotels Near the F1 Circuit in Singapore For Under $200 Per Night
If you’re a diehard Formula 1 fan, I hope you’ve been saving up all year for this year’s races, because F1 is not cheap to enjoy, unless you’re content with...
16 September 2014
child inherit money singapore
Budgeting
The 3 Most Important Things To Do When Your Kid Inherits Money
If you have experienced a recent death in the family, you might have mixed feelings when you later find out that your child has inherited some money. And I’m not just...
15 September 2014
lower cost music lessons for child
Family
How to Lower the Cost of Music Lessons for Your Child
Every kid needs a hobby, and as far as many Singaporean parents are concerned, it is better that that hobby be playing a musical instrument than extreme skateboarding or pole dancing....
15 September 2014
residential rental agreement singapore
Property
Don’t Sign a Residential Rental Agreement in Singapore Without Looking Out for These 5 Things
So you’ve fallen in love with your new place and are already texting your friends to see who’s free to accompany you to Ikea. When the agent passes you the...
12 September 2014
failed business lessons singapore
Budgeting
4 Lessons to Learn from Failed Businesses in Singapore  
Starting a business isn’t quite the same thing as buying a winning Toto ticket, though it can seem that way when you’re daydreaming from the confines of a cubicle. For...
12 September 2014
save money grocery singapore
Shopping
8 Ways To Shave $100 Off Your Monthly Grocery Bill
The supermarket is like a den of deception. Let your guard down and you end up leaving with $300 worth of frozen pizza and a stack of magazines about home...
11 September 2014
pay raise singapore
Career
Office Worker Reveals How He Raised His Salary From $1,800 to $4,500 in Under 5 Years
If you’re a regular office worker in an ordinary job in Singapore, your annual increment is probably not even keeping pace with inflation. If you keep at your job for...
10 September 2014
top paying part time jobs for students singapore
Career
3 Highest Paying Part Time Jobs You Can Do While in School
When I was at school, I worked as a waitress for $5 an hour. Each shift was 4 hours long and paid me only $20. To make matters worse, I...
9 September 2014
How does tuition teacher earn $10k
Career
Tuition Teacher Shares What It Takes To Make $10,000 a Month
In today’s post, please welcome Benjamin (not his real name), a 32-year-old full-time tuition teacher with an annual income of over $120,000.
5 September 2014
feng shui tips for selling home
Property
5 Feng Shui Tips to Help You Sell Your Home
Good feng shui doesn’t mean placing statues of dragons and elderly Chinese deities all over your flat. Lots of feng shui principles make sense not only in the smoky, joss...
4 September 2014
retirement and investing
Budgeting
7 Things You Should Do If You Want to Retire Someday
If you already feel like a corpse at work every day, you probably don’t relish the thought of never being able to retire and sitting in that cubicle till you...
3 September 2014
10 Things You Must Do To Succeed As A Freelancer
Career
10 Things You Must Do To Succeed As A Freelancer
When you first start freelancing, apart from your relief at never again having to drag your lifeless body to the black hole of your former workplace, under that suave veneer...
3 September 2014
party on a budget
Budgeting
5 Ways to be Social Without Spending More Than $15
Trying to save money doesn’t mean you have to hide your face in shame and cut off contact with everyone who ever knew you. Granted, your days of chartering yachts...
1 September 2014
saving, refinancing
Budgeting
4 Relatively Painless Ways To Save An Extra $200 A Month
At times, it seems like all the money-saving advice you read online condemns you to a lifetime of comparison shopping at NTUC. If you’re just an average joe who hasn’t...
29 August 2014