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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.

short course career singapore
Career
Here’s Why Taking Short Courses May Not Increase Your Salary
Not earning enough? Time to upgrade yourself, exhorts the government! But before you run to the nearest Workforce Development Agency-approved centre to sign up for a course, we’ve got bad...
22 January 2015
money regrets singaporeans have
Opinion
3 Money Regrets Only Singaporeans Have
We all have a few regrets we’d rather forget about. Some are pretty much universal, like not spending enough time with loved ones or thinking you were cool enough for...
22 January 2015
Why do Singaporeans Work Such Long Hours?
Opinion
Why do Singaporeans Work Such Long Hours?
If the news stories are to be believed, Singaporean workers are disengaged and unproductive, a problem which supposedly costs the economy $6 billion per year. This is not to say...
21 January 2015
job offer singapore factors to consider
Career
Thinking of Taking Up a Job Offer? Here’s 10 Factors You Should Keep In Mind Before Accepting
Singaporeans tend to be better at answering questions than asking them. If you break out into a cold sweat at the end of an interview when you’re asked if you...
21 January 2015
coupon buying singapore
Budgeting
Is Extreme Couponing Possible in Singapore?
If you’re an expert on trashy shows on cable TV, you’ve probably heard of Extreme Couponing. For those without a TV or a cable subscription, extreme couponing happens when people...
19 January 2015
supermarket
Shopping
What to Buy at the Supermarket When You’re Broke
Cheap food, while not as cheap as before, is still available in Singapore. But eat all three meals at a hawker centre and you’re setting yourself up for diabetes or...
19 January 2015
tuition singapore
Family
3 Ways Too Much Tuition Might Make Your Child Poorer
Kiasu parents, take heed. Overloading your child with tuition classes may not necessarily put them on the fast track to a high paying job later on in life.
16 January 2015
buying second hand singapore
Shopping
The 5 Best Things to Get 2nd Hand in Singapore
Used and abused isn’t always a bad thing, at least when it comes to shopping. It doesn’t take a genius to know that buying something second hand should get you...
16 January 2015
tuition singapore
Education
Parents Are Now Going For Tuition—Is This a Good Idea?
The life of a kiasu parent is tough. From doing community service to get their kids into their primary school of choice to spending their retirement money on tuition classes...
15 January 2015
further studies
Education
What You Need to Know Before Quitting Your Job for Further Studies
So you’ve finally decided to pursue your masters in Greek mythology or get a PhD in zoology. Good for you. But before you quit your job, you’ve got quite a...
14 January 2015
organic food singapore
Dining
Organic Food in Singapore – How You Can Stay Healthy and Not Go Broke
If health is wealth, does that mean that spending a little more to eat healthily will actually make us richer? Well, maybe, considering the cost of healthcare in Singapore.
14 January 2015
buying expensive gift
Shopping
About to Buy Something Expensive? Ask Yourself These Questions First
My go-to bag is a $2 cloth tote from Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Every now and then, someone will ask me why I don’t “invest” in a better bag...
13 January 2015
slow wage growth singapore
Opinion
Slow Wage Growth in Singapore – What Must We Do to Survive?
In case you haven’t heard the bad news, slow wage growth in Singapore is expected to continue. In a city where prices shoot up higher than the blood pressure level...
12 January 2015
job hunt singapore
Career
5 Ways Singaporean Job Hunters Make Themselves Look Bad on their Resumes
As a working adult, you know the whole drill—when you decide you’ve had it with your abusive boss, you update your resume, type up a gushing, fulsome cover letter and...
8 January 2015
top money regrets singapore women
Opinion
Singaporean Women Share Their Top 3 Money Regrets
I like to think men and women really aren’t that different, but sometimes you’ve got to admit that there are distinct differences between their typical approaches to money. Ask around...
7 January 2015
singapore men top money regrets
Opinion
Singaporean Men Share Their Top 3 Money Regrets
A Singaporean without money woes is like Paris Hilton without makeup. While there are many money issues both men and women love to gripe about, I’ve noticed that there are...
6 January 2015
top 6 retirement countries
Entertainment
Top 6 Countries Where Singaporeans Might Actually Be Able to Retire
Why bother saving for retirement, right? The cost of living in Singapore is going to be so high by the time you get there that whatever you have in your...
6 January 2015
University Education singapore
Education
What Millennials Need to Know About Paying for their Own University Education
University can feel like a neverending party, but it’s over in the blink of an eye. And if it hasn’t been paid for by the time you get your degree,...
5 January 2015
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