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7 Best Things to Buy from The SAF eMart — Online, The Chevrons and SAFRA Mount Faber & Punggol

Take it from me — a girl who’s never served National Service — you don’t need to be an NSF or NSman to know of the legendary SAF eMart.

Officially, it’s a “a kit replacement system that allows servicemen to purchase their personal equipment and expendable items”. Unofficially, it’s a heaven for super affordable (“free” if you redeem with credits) and super practical stuff.

From the SAF eMart credit allocation system to the most worth-it buys, here’s a guide to shopping at the SAF eMart.

Contents

  1. SAF eMart online — NS portal
  2. SAF eMart stores — Chevron, SAFRA Mount Faber, SAFRA Punggol
  3. SAF eMart credit allocation and entitlement
  4. 7 Best things to buy from the SAF eMart

 

SAF eMart — online vs offline

First of all, you can shop both on- and offline. For the former, you just need to log in the NS Portal.

 

SAF eMart via NS Portal

Sadly, members of the public (like myself) cannot shop via the NS Portal. It’s only for NSFs and NSmen. If you’re one of those, you can log into the SAF eMart through the NS Portal with your SingPass.

The NS portal payment modes are eMart credits, Visa, Master and DBS PayLah!. Your eMart credits will be deducted first (including delivery fees), and you’ll only need to pay the balance if you have insufficient credits.

You can choose to self-collect your items from the eMarts stores, eLockers, and/or mobile truck or opt for home delivery. The latter is chargeable though:

SAF eMart home delivery fees

  • $8 for purchases under $100
  • $5 for purchases $100 and up
  • Redelivery fees apply (to be paid in cash)
  • Takes 4 working days to process after order

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SAF eMart stores at The Chevrons and SAFRA Mount Faber & Punggol

Stingy to pay for delivery? There are 3 physical eMart stores (open to the public too):

1. SAF Chevron eMart Jurong

Address: 48 Boon Lay Way, Level 2, Singapore 609 961

Opening hours: 10.30am to 8.30pm, daily

2. SAF eMart SAFRA Mount Faber

Address: 2 Telok Blangah Way, Singapore 098 803

Opening hours: 10.30am to 8.30pm, daily

3. SAF eMart SAFRA Punggol

Address: 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828 654

Opening hours: 10.30am to 8.30pm, daily

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SAF eMart credit allocation

So basically, the main appeal of the eMart is that they sell “free” stuff that are useful even outside of military training. “Free” is in quote marks because (while they’re super cheap) they’re only actually free if you have SAF eMart credits to redeem them with.

This the eMart credit allocation system:

Army eMart credit credit allocation

Army  Standard eMart credit allocation 
Active combat vocations  260 credits per year
Active non-combat vocations  170 credits per year
Active permanent PES E NSF  120 credits per year
Active NSmen 113 credits every 2 years or 226 credits every 4 years 
Active SAFVC volunteers  50 credits for each year of service 

Airforce eMart credit credit allocation

Airforce  Standard eMart credit allocation 
Active combat vocations  260 credits per year
Active non-combat vocations  200 credits per year
Active permanent PES E NSF  120 credits per year
Active NSmen 115 credits every 2 years or 230 credits every 4 years 
Active SAFVC volunteers  50 credits for each year of service 

Navy eMart credit credit allocation

Navy  Standard eMart credit allocation 
Group A 210 credits per year
Group B 230 credits per year
Group C 270 credits per year
Group D 300 credits per year
Active NSmen 115 credits every 2 years or 230 credits every 4 years 
Active SAFVC volunteers  50 credits for each year of service 

If you are still part of the National Service (yes, NSmen are counted too), then all unused credits will roll over to the next credit top-up period. They’ll expire the subsequent credit top-up date.

Also, it’s worthy to note that you don’t necessarily have to be “in the army” to get credits. If you’re an active SAFVC volunteer, you get them too.

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7 Best things to buy from the SAF eMart

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the real deal — the best stuff you spend your precious credits on.

Item Price (cash/credit)
Socks  $1.65
Insect repellent spray $2.12
Swimming trunks  $3.53
Black half-finger gloves $3.53
Microfibre towel  $5.40
Running shoes  $35.90 (Adidas) or $42.71 (New Balance) 
Army no.3 shoes  $46.02

 

1. Socks — $1.65 per pair

The sock is not a particularly expensive clothing item, but it’s dirt cheap at the SAF eMart. It costs $1.65, and the best part is that it’s plain with no logos or weird designs so nobody will know where it’s from.

SAF emart

You can get the white, PT ones for the gym and the black ones to go with your dress shoes for work.

 

2. Insect repellent spray — $2.12 per bottle

I’m terrified of bugs, and whenever someone finds out, they recommend me the super “tok kong” army insect repellent.

SAF emart

I usually see the one in the tube and I know that one is so potent that it’s corrosive and shouldn’t be applied directly on skin or clothing, but I don’t know about this liquid spray ($2.12).

I assume it’s still pretty good stuff since it’s military grade.

 

3. Swimming trunks — $3.53 each

A pair of Speedos can easily cost you $30+, and even a plain pair of swimming trunks cost $4.90 at Decathlon. The SAF eMart one is 1) completely plain and logo-free and 2) only $3.53. What a steal!

SAF emart

 

4. Black half-finger gloves — $3.53 each

I personally don’t use these, but while I was reading up on eMart shopping tips, some forum contributors also recommended buying gloves for gym-use.

SAF emart

The half-finger gloves are a cheap $3.53, and apparently, super comfortable as well.

 

5. Microfibre bathing towel — $5.40 each

Don’t bother using anything else — the SAF eMart microfibre towel is literally the best towel in the world.

SAF emart

I’ve spent a lot of money on fancy towels from department stores ($20+ to $40+) because I don’t really like the shade of green — very superficial, I know — but I conclude that there is none as absorbent and fast-drying as this humble “Green Towel” ($5.40).

 

6. Running shoes — from $35.90 per pair

Good running shoes usually cost a pretty penny — they’re typically over $100 at retail price, and at best $60+ on sale.

SAF emart

The SAF eMart is the only place you can snag a pair of Adidas and New Balance running shoes for just $35.90 and $42.71 respectively. Of course, the design and colours are not the trendiest, but at least they’re functional.

Exercise to stay fit, not look good, okay???

 

7. Dress shoes (No.3) — $46.02 per pair

Lastly, a useful item to pick up is the No.3 shoes. Again, according to forum-ers, these are super comfortable and make really affordable dress shoes for work.

SAF emart

Buying a simple, comfy pair of leather shoes elsewhere can easily set you back $100+. This is literally half the price.

 

Do you have any other SAF eMart tips to share? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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