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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.

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
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
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