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Articles by Valerie Kor

Juggling editor, wife and mama duties has taught me to adopt an efficient, no-frills lifestyle that’s naturally MoneySmart. My Achilles heel is the incurable Singaporean wanderlust.

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Credit Cards
DBS Woman’s Card vs UOB Lady’s Card — 2020 Comparison of Rewards & Privileges
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase, “The men don’t get it”. Menstrual cramps? Menopause? Notice these words all start with “men”? Ha ha. Jokes...
7 August 2020
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Budgeting
Digital Multi-Currency Accounts For Travel & Remittance: YouTrip vs TransferWise vs Revolut vs InstaReM
Travel and tech-savvy Singaporeans are no strangers to the popular multi-currency digital wallet YouTrip and multi-currency savings accounts like the DBS Multiplier. This year, TransferWise, Revolut and InstaReM launched travel...
18 November 2019
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Career
Self-Employed or Freelancer in Singapore: Managing CPF Contributions, Insurance & Income Tax
Freelancers or self-employed individuals enjoy a greater flexibility than their corporate counterparts and it’s even possible to earn more if there is a stable client base. But it’s not all...
7 October 2019
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Family
10 Kids-Friendly Cafes and Restaurants With Playgrounds in Singapore
People joke about marriage being the end, but any parent can tell you that the real end truly comes when you have a child. Ok, so, I guess there’s no...
3 October 2019
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Budgeting
Want to Be a Cat Fosterer or Rescuer? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know
Cat abuse and abandonment are more common than we think in Singapore. Sometimes, cats simply suffer because of neglect that leads to overpopulation.  Thankfully, a passionate community is working behind...
30 September 2019
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Family
How Much Does Adopting a Child in Singapore Cost? According to A Single Mum, $32,000
The moment Melissa held the 10-week-old baby girl in her arms, she couldn’t bear to put her down. She was enraptured. Born in Indonesia, the baby girl (later named Kaitlyn)...
2 September 2019
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Education
PSLE Changes & Subject Based Banding in Secondary Schools: Will Singaporean Parents Become Less Kiasu?
Singapore’s education system has always been hailed as world-class, but it’s also one of the world’s most stressful. Young children in Singapore start to gear up for the national PSLE...
15 August 2019
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Budgeting
How to Budget Effectively According to Your MBTI Personality Type
Wondering why your friend can always save consistently but you’re all out of cash by the last week of the month? The difference could be embedded in your personalities. But...
1 July 2019
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Budgeting
3 Budgeting Strategies That Will Help You Avoid Living from Paycheck to Paycheck
It’s stressful to not know whether you will have enough cash to last until the end of the month, with no budgeting strategies in place. But many Singaporeans live like...
25 June 2019
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Family
“No Need for Enrichment Classes”: Mother of 5 Shares How Her Family Gets By in Expensive Singapore
The typical Singaporean family that we see today usually only has 1 or 2 children. Some blame it on the “Stop at Two” family planning campaign of the 1970s, but my...
20 June 2019
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Family
MOE Primary School Registration 2019: How To Navigate P1 Registration For Clueless Parents
It’s probably not unique to Singapore that parents are obsessed with which schools their children go to. But the MOE primary school registration system is probably like no other. To...
14 June 2019
Jewel Changi Airport Rain Vortex Kid-Friendly Canopy Park
Family
Jewel Changi for Kids: Admission Prices to Canopy Park, Sky Nets, and More
By now, you must have already seen pictures and videos of the iconic rain vortex and hyped-up first-in-Singapore shops in Jewel Changi. Or, you might have posted some yourself, under...
12 June 2019
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Transportation
Car Leasing Singapore: Is It Better to Lease or Buy a Car in Singapore?
It’s not new to anyone that owning a car is ridiculously expensive in Singapore. Most of us are left either with public transport or taking Grab and taxis. But there...
10 June 2019
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Budgeting
What You Can Use Your CPF For Besides Retirement
The CPF (Central Provident Fund) is a social security system unique to Singapore. We’re basically forced to put aside savings for retirement, which you know, is necessarily a bad thing....
23 May 2019
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Family
10 Affordable Things Under $50 To Do in Singapore For Fathers’ Day 2019
It’s common knowledge that Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May, but I bet some of you who landed here looking for Father’s Day gift ideas still don’t...
17 May 2019
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Opinion
RedMart on Lazada: One Month On, Was It the Right Move to Merge RedMart with Lazada?
It has been slightly over a month since RedMart moved to Lazada. And it has also been the exact same amount of time since I last ordered with RedMart. Considering...
29 April 2019
Mothers' Day Promotions Singapore 2019
Family
Mothers’ Day 2019 Singapore: Mum Dines Free, Buffets and Other Dining Promotions
Call us kiasu, but you should probably be planning your dinner reservation for Mothers’ Day now, especially if you’re looking to score good buffet deals. Mothers’ Day 2019 is on...
26 April 2019
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Family
Infant Care vs Babysitter vs Nanny – Cost of Childcare Options in Singapore
Before my child was even born, my husband and I were researching on every childcare option there was and visiting them one by one. This was because I was deadly...
10 April 2019
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Family
Is Your Child Spoiled? 5 Activities Singaporean Parents Can Do to Not Raise Brats
No matter what the government says about the joys of parenting, most of the Singaporean kids you see around you look plain miserable. Their lives are a battery of school,...
8 April 2019
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High Life
5 Invitation-Only Credit Cards That 99% of Us Will Never Get
The credit cards buried deep in your wallet signify your net worth. Just like the way you dress, the car you drive, the house you live in, and the social...
26 March 2019
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Family
Alternatives to Paying Expensive School Bus Fees For Singaporean Parents (2019)
Recently, it came to light that a bus operator engaged by Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS) quoted a monthly school bus fee of $550 for ferrying students two-way from Punggol...
4 March 2019
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Family
Push Gift Ideas For New Mums – What Are Singaporean Husbands Getting For Their Wives?
There are some peculiar phenomena in the world of millennial parents. An up and coming one is the novelty of giving “push gifts”, or “push present”. What’s a push gift,...
27 February 2019
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Family
Flying with a Baby – Do Babies Fly For Free? Plus 10 Tips For A Stress-Free Flight
Many young parents like me don’t want to slow down on exploring the world even after having a baby. They want to have the baby and travel with it too. But...
27 February 2019
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Budgeting
Bicentennial Bonus & Community Fund (Budget 2019) – How Much Are You Eligible For?
2019 marks the 200th year since Sir Stamford Raffles signed the 1819 Singapore Treaty with Temenggong Abdu’r Rahman and Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor. This treaty gave the British East...
19 February 2019
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Budgeting
Why Every Singaporean Needs an Emergency Fund – And How You Can Build Yours
Almost every financial advisor you meet will ask if you have an emergency fund in place. You know what the unfortunate thing is? Too many Singaporeans don’t have one!
15 February 2019