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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.

money saving gamify
Budgeting
4 Ways to Gamify Money-Saving and Make it Fun
Nobody says “Woo! I love skydiving, playing the guitar and saving money.” In fact, for many people, especially those whose wardrobes resemble a massive landfill, saving money is like being...
25 March 2015
3 Luxuries Middle Class Singaporeans Enjoy
High Life
3 Luxuries Middle Class Singaporeans Enjoy
Many people I know are secretly in debt. While homes and cars are some of the biggest expenses Singaporeans incur, a sizeable number of these people actually live with their...
25 March 2015
working mom singapore
Opinion
Should Singapore Companies Do More to Accommodate New Mothers in Singapore?
For most mothers in Singapore, the birth of a baby does not herald hours of snuggling with the little one as flowers bloom and rainbows dart across the sky. No,...
24 March 2015
Singaporeans Need to Stop Wasting Money by Doing These 3 Mindless Things
Opinion
Singaporeans Need to Stop Wasting Money by Doing These 3 Mindless Things
In spite of our “world class education system”, Singaporeans aren’t always that good at using their brains. They know that this country is expensive, yet most people’s idea of taking...
23 March 2015
4 Affordable Rustic Getaways Not Far from Singapore
Travel
4 Affordable Rustic Getaways Not Far from Singapore
When Singaporeans think of taking a rustic getaway, images of staying at luxurious jungle resorts or glamping on exotic safaris come to mind. That’s what happens when you live in...
20 March 2015
skillsfuture courses singapore
Career
6 Cool Courses to Take Using Your SkillsFuture Credit
By now, you might have heard that the government is giving everyone over the age of 25 $500 to spend on skills upgrading courses under the SkillsFuture scheme. To my...
20 March 2015
home renovation
Renovation Loans
Embarking on a Full Home Renovation? Here’s How To Not Screw Up Your Finances
My idea of home renovation might involve lots of Blu-Tack and masking tape, but don’t let that stop you from hiring a real interior designer if you don’t want to...
19 March 2015
travel insurance injury claim
Travel Insurance
Here’s How To Claim Your Travel Insurance If You Get Injured or Robbed Overseas
So you thought your holiday would be a frolick in paradise, but it’s turning out to be more like a walk in the Haw Par Villa Ten Courts of Hell....
19 March 2015
3 Totally Insane Things Singaporeans Spend Too Much Money On
Entertainment
3 Totally Insane Things Singaporeans Spend Too Much Money On
They might look straight-laced, but Singaporeans can be a pretty zany bunch. If you don’t believe me, just visit any Singapore Pools outlet the day before the yearly Chinese New...
18 March 2015
Find Work Overseas Easily With These 3 Qualifications
Career
Find Work Overseas Easily With These 3 Qualifications
If you’ve ever spent time really travelling and not just blitzing overseas shopping malls with your entire Singaporean clan in tow, you would have noticed that there’s a proliferation of...
18 March 2015
budget airlines cheap flights
Travel Insurance
Here’s Why You Should Never Buy Travel Insurance From Airlines
Travel insurance is supposed to give you peace of mind, but for all those people who just passively buy the travel insurance policy offered by the airline they’re buying tickets...
17 March 2015
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
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