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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.

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
renting house singapore
Property
Thinking of Renting Your Own Place in Singapore? Here are The 3 Most Important Things You Should Know
It used to be non-negotiable that Singaporeans stayed in the family home until marriage, but these days more and more people are starting to strike out on their own. Why...
16 December 2014
holiday in argentina under $2,300
Travel
How to Enjoy a Week in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Under $2,300
Ask the average Singaporean what he knows of Argentina and he might be hard-pressed to mention anything beyond Lionel Messi and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, which is a pity...
15 December 2014
moving house in singapore
Property
Moving House on a Budget: Is DIY Moving Worth the Trouble?
You and your friends might have spent countless hours watching anime or drama serials in your childhood bedroom, but at some point it’s time to grow up and move out.
15 December 2014
sbs smrt alternatives singapore
Transportation
For Those Who Can’t Afford a Car, Are There Serious Alternatives to Taking the MRT and Buses?
While many people in Singapore cite work as their biggest source of stress, for a significant number, I’m willing to bet, it’s actually the mornings before work that cause the...
12 December 2014
christmas gift ideas under $15
Entertainment
5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Under $15 That Won’t Insult the Recipient
Christmas, also known as the most stressful time of year, is just around the corner. That means it’s time to whip out your wallet and buy useless things for people...
10 December 2014
Should You Get Another Degree If You Hate Your Job?
Career
Should You Get Another Degree If You Hate Your Job?
It’s not uncommon to meet accountants who are sick to death of looking at numbers and engineers who want to get an MBA. And then there are the lawyers, 3...
10 December 2014
expensive hobbies singapore
Entertainment
4 Expensive Hobbies that Regular Singaporeans Enjoy
Just because someone has a full range of Leica cameras doesn’t mean he can take pictures better than the guy with the dinky second hand film SLR from the 90s....
9 December 2014
travel to siem reap cambodia angkor wat
Travel
How to Enjoy a Week in Siem Reap and See Angkor Wat for Under $450
Your friends might all be flying off to New York or London for the holidays, but if you’re broke don’t despair. For under $450, you too can go on a...
8 December 2014
6 Ways to Maximise Your Happiness Regardless of How Much Money You Have
Opinion
6 Ways to Maximise Your Happiness Regardless of How Much Money You Have
If there’s one thing virtually every Singaporean wants more of, it’s probably not the great outdoors and it’s definitely not kids. It’s everyone’s favourite topic, money.
5 December 2014
5 Free Ways to Enjoy Sport and Exercise in Singapore
Fitness & Beauty
5 Free Ways to Enjoy Sport and Exercise in Singapore
Centuries ago, being fat was a sign of wealth. These days, a low income is often associated with bad eating habits. As a result, more and more obese people in...
5 December 2014
3 Things Adults in Singapore Pay For Due to Peer Pressure
Opinion
3 Things Adults in Singapore Pay For Due to Peer Pressure
When most people think of peer pressure, scenes of teenagers surreptitiously passing cigarettes around at HDB playgrounds flash through their minds. Actually, many kids these days seem a lot wiser...
3 December 2014
shopping bad habits singapore
Shopping
4 Bad Habits All Singaporean Shoppers Need to Break Now
When the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, Singaporeans flock to… not the beach or the park, but shopping malls, where they seek shelter from bird droppings and...
2 December 2014
How to Enjoy a Week-long Holiday in Barcelona, Spain for Under $1,600
Travel
How to Enjoy a Week-long Holiday in Barcelona, Spain for Under $1,600
If you’ve ever wanted to see the trippy architecture of Gaudí or sip real sangria while being serenaded by a modern day Don Juan, a trip to Barcelona might be...
1 December 2014
retirement planning
Budgeting
3 Things You Might Not Have Thought About When Planning for Retirement
Mention retirement in front of a bunch of Singaporeans and everyone instantly starts griping about the rising cost of living, low wages and having to work from the cradle to...
30 November 2014
money matters couples need to discuss
Wedding
Money Matters Every Couple Needs to Discuss When They’re Dating But Not Married
Most of the money advice targeted at couples is for people who are married or at least cohabiting. But knowing how to handle joint accounts, split the rent and divide...
26 November 2014
last minute travel singapore
Travel
5 Travel Strategies to Get Out of Singapore at the Last Minute During Public Holidays
Trying to book a last minute holiday over public holidays in Singapore screams “Titanic” as everyone scrambles to get out before it’s too late. A cheap flight to a place...
26 November 2014
why singaporeans get into debt
Budgeting
The Top 3 Idiotic Reasons Singaporeans Get into Debt
Getting into debt isn’t like transferring $10,000 to your new Nigerian friend who also happens to be a prince. In other words, it’s not stupid 100% of the time. Yes,...
26 November 2014
how to tell if your boss sucks
Career
4 Questions to Ask at an Interview That Can Help You Determine If an Employer Sucks
Being so desperate when you attend an interview that you’re willing to help your new boss tie his shoes might actually get you hired in Singapore. There’s nothing bosses like...
26 November 2014
Why Materialism is Making Singaporeans Unhappy
Opinion
Why Materialism is Making Singaporeans Unhappy
There are many reasons to explain why Singaporeans are such a dour bunch, and at the heart of most of them is money. While the fact that this place is...
25 November 2014
budget travel london holiday
Travel
How to Enjoy a Week-long Holiday in London for Under $1,600
If you’ve ever wondered why older Singaporeans use quaint British expressions like “donkey’s ears”, a trip to London, the capital of Singapore’s former colonial masters, might be in order. To...
24 November 2014
how to deal with conservative bosses
Career
3 Ways to Deal with Conservative Local Bosses in Singapore
Anyone who’s worked for a Singapore company knows the horrors of trying to deal with a Conservative Local Boss. Conventional career advice exhorting employees to speak up whenever they can...
24 November 2014
cheap food alternatives cbd singapore
Dining
6 Places in the CBD Where You Can Have Lunch For Less Than $10
If you’re working in the CBD area around Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar, you’d better hope you’re getting paid a lot. Because it’s not cheap to exist in the land...
24 November 2014
singaporeans' worst money fears
Opinion
Singaporeans Share Some of Their Worst Money Fears and it’s Not Pretty
Singaporeans are an angry bunch, or at least that’s the way it looks on the Internet. Nary a day goes by without thousands of Internet trolls lashing out on forums...
20 November 2014