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Travel Insurance
FWD Travel Insurance Singapore Review (2024)
As a typical cheapo sinkie, I must confess to buying FWD travel insurance purely because it’s one of the most affordable travel insurance providers in Singapore. Ask a bunch of random...
1 day ago
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Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance Singapore Guide (2024): Must-Knows for Choosing the Best Travel Insurance
Travelling is a favourite Singaporean pastime. A national sport, if you will. But while we all love travel and wanderlust, most of us don’t give much thought to buying travel insurance....
10 May 2024
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Property
Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD): What Is ABSD In Singapore? What Are The Rates? (2024)
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) just clawed back S$60 million from private property buyers. The reason? Tax avoidance. Some 166 property buyers made use of the 99-1 loophole to reduce the Additional...
8 May 2024
The Ultimate List of Credit Card Reviews in Singapore (2024)
Credit Cards
The Ultimate List of Credit Card Reviews in Singapore (2024)
In today’s dynamic world of personal finance, selecting the perfect credit card has become an essential skill. With a myriad of options available, each promising unique benefits and rewards, navigating...
7 May 2024
LASIK Surgery in Singapore 2024: Where To Go And How Much Does It Cost?
Healthcare
LASIK Surgery in Singapore 2024: Where To Go And How Much Does It Cost?
Going on holiday with a bunch of Singaporeans but forgot your contact lens solution? Someone else will most certainly have some with them. Why? Because Singapore has the dubious honour...
7 May 2024
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Healthcare
7 Affordable Dental Clinics in Singapore for Scaling, Polishing and More
We’ve all had it hammered into our heads that we should see the dentist once every 6 months for regular checkups. But if we followed that advice down to a...
3 May 2024
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Property
HDB Sale of Balance Flats: Guide to SBF & Open Booking (2024)
Although the SOP for buying an HDB BTO flat has been well-documented, buying a flat via HDB’s Sale of Balance Flats (HDB SBF) or the new open booking system is a little...
2 May 2024
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Family
The Cost Of Having A Baby In Singapore—Delivery Charges, Doctor’s Fees and Everything Else
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’re either (a) expecting your first child (because if this is Baby Number 2 or 3, you would not have the time to read) or...
22 April 2024
NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees—How Much Do They Cost in 2024?
Education
NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees—How Much Do They Cost in 2024?
Did you know tuition fees at the University of Pennsylvania, United States, cost about US$66,100 (S$89,850) per year? And according to the QS World University Rankings 2024, UPenn ranks 4...
15 April 2024
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Credit Cards
Best Buffets Singapore: Carousel, Colony, Edge, Peppermint, The Line Buffet Prices (Apr 2024)
Nothing gets Singaporeans going like a hotel buffet. After all, eating is our national hobby. The only problem? The cost. Aside from atas Michelin-starred restaurants, buffets are pretty much the most...
11 April 2024
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Credit Cards
Guide To Popular Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) in Singapore
After carefully considering the categories each card rewards you cashback, air miles or rewards points for, you’ve probably decided on what you think is the best credit card for you....
28 March 2024
MoneySmart Credit Card Lucky Draw Winners 2023
Announcements
MoneySmart Credit Card Lucky Draw Winners 2023
Thank you for participating in our 2023 lucky draws. Congratulations to our winners! 17 – 30 April – MoneySmart x UOB Lucky Draw 2023 Prize Winners Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch,...
7 March 2024
Wowza Travel Bonanza Lucky Draw Winners 2023
Announcements
Wowza Travel Bonanza Lucky Draw Winners 2023
Thank you for participating in our Wowza Travel Bonanza Lucky Draw. Here are the lucky winners of our campaign: Prize Winners iPhone 15 Pro Titanium 128GB (worth S$1,649) Senthil Kumar...
21 February 2024
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Budgeting
Compare 8 Best Electricity Price Plans: Open Electricity Market (2024)
Have you ever had parents nagging at you whenever you forgot to switch off the bathroom or toilet light or to switch off the main electricity socket instead of just...
1 February 2024
CNY Ang Bao rates Singapore
Budgeting
CNY Ang Bao Guide in Singapore (2024): Ang Bao Rates, Where to Get Notes, And More
The Year of the Dragon is almost upon us. Huat ah! While the dragon is typically associated with prosperity and good luck, this is also our first Chinese New Year with...
17 January 2024
24-Hour Clinics in Singapore (2024): A Guide to Consultation Fees and Surcharges
Healthcare
24-Hour Clinics in Singapore (2024): A Guide to Consultation Fees and Surcharges
You or your family member is suddenly sick in the wee hours of the night and there’s nothing in your medicine cabinet that might help. Clinics are all shut as...
12 January 2024
GST Voucher 2024: U-Save, S&CC Rebates, Cash Payout, Date, Eligibility & More
Budgeting
GST Voucher 2024: U-Save, S&CC Rebates, Cash Payout, Date, Eligibility & More
So, you’ve heard about the GST Voucher, and you’re thinking, “Sweet! Some extra cash could do wonders.” But let’s be real—most of us are clueless about how much we’re getting...
4 January 2024
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Shopping
Secret Santa Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25 For Every MBTI (2023)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And seeing as it’s already December, it’s high time you start getting those Christmas gifts and allocating a budget for them. In...
7 December 2023
birth control singapore 2018 cost guide
Healthcare
Birth Control in Singapore—Cost Guide to Contraception Options
If you’re in a committed relationship and don’t want kids, or if you simply want to keep your family size modest, you might want to know: What are the birth...
15 November 2023
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Budgeting
Mattress Shopping in Singapore: The Complete Guide for First-Time Buyers
Most people don’t give much thought to the costs involved in buying a mattress in Singapore. After all, how often do we actually need to buy new ones? Not very...
14 November 2023
MoneySmart All Expenses Paid Trip Lucky Draw Winners (2023)
Announcements
MoneySmart All Expenses Paid Trip Lucky Draw Winners (2023)
Thank you for participating in our travel insurance campaigns. Here are the list of the lucky winners for the All-Expenses Paid Trip lucky draw: “All-Expenses Paid Trip” x Ascott Star...
7 November 2023
6 Travel Pet Peeves and How HSBC TravelOne Can Come in Handy
Credit Cards
6 Travel Pet Peeves and How HSBC TravelOne Can Come in Handy
Having just returned home from a trip to Europe, I was reminiscing about the good times and already entertaining thoughts of another getaway. Travelling is my escape from the hustle...
Getting Your Motorcycle Class 2B Licence in Singapore: Motorcycle Courses at Driving Schools, Motorbike COE and Motorbike Rentals
Transportation
Getting Your Motorcycle Class 2B Licence in Singapore: Motorcycle Courses at Driving Schools, Motorbike COE and Motorbike Rentals
Spending a fortune taking Grab or just sick of squeezing on the MRT? If cars are out of your budget, motorcycles can be a less expensive alternative. To sweeten the...
10 October 2023
What is Decoupling and How Can It Help You in Buying a Second Property?
Property
What is Decoupling and How Can It Help You in Buying a Second Property?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2022 and has been updated to reflect the changes made to the ABSD rates as announced by the government on 26...
6 October 2023
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Travel
JB Massage Price Guide (2023)—Bangkok Spa, Thai Odyssey & More
Massages in Singapore are notoriously expensive. You can easily spend $60+ on an hour-long full body massage, and that’s at the cheaper, more affordable massage parlours like Massage Master and Healing...
1 October 2023