5 People in Your Life Who are Making You Richer

5 People in Your Life Who are Making You Richer

Joanne Poh



As much as we sometimes make it sound like the world is full of devious people lying in wait to trick you into parting with your money, sometimes we come across certain individuals who actually make us richer. No, we’re not referring to the cashier who accidentally gave you an extra $2 in change, or the shop assistant who tells you about the buy-one-get-one-free deal. Here are five friends you should thank for helping you save money, of whom at least a few probably exist in your social circle.

Low maintenance friend

While your other friends are always trying to persuade you to go for high tea buffets, participate in expensive organised runs and take taxis because they can’t walk more than 50 metres, the low maintenance friend is the opposite.

This is the friend who always knows where the best hawker stalls are, has every imaginable movie on his or her hard drive and has been known to magically pull beer cans out of a rucksack. When you mention a craving for sushi, the Low Maintenance Friend drags you to the supermarket.

While the Low Maintenance Friend might refuse to join you on outings to more “pretentious” venues, you can always count on him or her for a sub-$10 night out, and feel like you beat the system at the same time.


Unwilling Shopper

Shopping with friends can be a recipe for disaster. Even if you think you look like the Merlion in that shirt, after 10 minutes of listening to your friends ooh and aah over it, you’re that much more likely to pull out your wallet.

Not if you’re out with the Unwilling Shopper, that is. This long-suffering character is often secretly extremely frugal but gets coerced into tagging along on shopping trips. You can identify the frugal shopper by the fact that he or she rarely buys anything and immediately heads for the seats when you enter a shop. Reluctant boyfriends often unwittingly play the role of the Unwilling Shopper.

The Unwilling Shopper doesn’t see the need to buy everything you see in Cosmo or GQ, and is therefore fairly blunt whenever you ask for his or her opinion in the changing room. Don’t expect the Unwilling Shopper to coo over every outfit you try on, and try to thicken your skin before the whole excursion. And even if you actually do look stunning in that $500 dress, let the Unwilling Shopper catch sight of the price tag and prepare to get an earful.


Non-spending Party Animal

Call this friend up on a Sunday morning and 8 times out of 10, he or she is in bed with a hangover. The Non-spending Party Animal goes out every night, but never seems to pay for anything This could be a friend who knows all the right people and can always get both of you free entry. Whenever you show up at a club together, a friend of the Non-spending Party Animal is always ready and waiting with a reserved table and a bottle. How convenient.

On the other hand, the Non-spending Party Animal might be more resourceful than connected, signing up for all the right credit cards and subscribing to all the right email newsletters so he or she always knows where you can get in free on any given night. As for drinks, if your friend is female you can always rely on her to bat a well-stuck on fake eyelash and bag free drinks for the entire group.


The Lobang King or Queen

Whenever you find yourself in a bad situation, just share your woes with the Lobang King or Queen and he or she will come to your rescue. The Lobang King or Queen is either from a well-to-do family or one of those people who always seemed to know every single person in the school canteen. This resourceful friend is a slick networker and has more professional and business contacts than LinkedIn does.

Whether you’re in need of a new job or a new business partner, the Lobang King or Queen is sure to offer to set you up with one of his or her zillions of friends. Plus he or she will probably pay for drinks that night, too.


The Cheerleader

The Cheerleader is usually someone you’ve known from a young age, remembers your baggy JNCO jeans phase and has seen you grow up from a rebellious teenager to a blundering adult. Through it all, the Cheerleader has been there for you. Sometimes the Cheerleader takes the form of a parent, but more often than not is a longtime friend.

Circumstances in life change and not all your friends will follow you through every stage. If you don’t believe me, lose your job and you’ll discover that you’ll lose some friends, too. On the other hand, start a successful business or snag an incredible job and some of your friends will start fading away, too.

Not the Cheerleader, though. One of the few people who has your best interests at heart no matter how drastically your circumstances might diverge, the Cheerleader offers encouragement through it all—whether you’re gunning for a promotion or going back to school, he or she has got your back. If and when you manage to make it big, you owe your success in part to the support of the Cheerleader.

Do you have any of the above five people in your life? Tell us more about them in the comments!

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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.