Singapore has got tons of bad press for being insanely expensive, whether for locals and expats.
Well, you might agree less if you know your way around saving good money without giving up your lifestyle.
The Grab and Uber apps make it easier to get around Singapore, but the multitude of promotional offers can be difficult to keep up with! Thankfully, the handy-dandy TaxiBot Facebook page helps compile all the promo codes. Just send the page a Facebook message for a list of all the day’s promos.
NEXT: Skip the queue at attractions →
And save money while you’re at it. Visiting attractions like the Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore? Don’t buy your tickets at the venue itself. Look up local travel agencies like WTS Travel or Sea Wheel Travel, which often sell such tickets at a lower price due to bulk discounts. The last we checked, WTS Travel had tickets to the Singapore Zoo at $27 and to Gardens by the Bay for $22, both about 20 percent less than on-site prices.
NEXT: Dine at the secret canteen at Changi Airport before flying →
Unbeknownst to many, the staff canteens at Changi Airport serve food that’s both inexpensive and delish to the public. In Terminal 1, follow the signs to the end of the terminal building, and take the lift to the basement 1 canteen. At Terminal 2, locate Starbucks on level two, take the lift to the level three car park and walk up the staircase to level 3M and look for an unlabelled iron door.
NEXT: Get more food without paying more →
When you’re buying a meal at a hawker stall and feeling hungry, ask for “Duo Fan” (pronounced: TWOR-fun), or “more rice”, instead of “Jia Fan” (CHIA-fun), or “add rice”. This way, you get more rice without the extra charge.
NEXT: Hook up your visitors →
If you’ve got friends or family visiting town, buy them a prepaid tourist SIM card, which includes data usage as well as international and local call time and SMS (texting). The Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card (from $15) offers at least 30 minutes call time, while the M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM (from $15) offers at least 20 minutes. Pick either up at Changi Recommends Counters at the airport or at selected 7-Eleven outlets.
NEXT: And host them like royalty →
Surely your guests need a place to stay, too. The free HotelQuickly app lets you book rooms for up to 50% off the rack rate – as little as 48 hours before checking in. Choose from five-star hotels Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa and The Fullerton Singapore to more intimate boutique options. The app offers deals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian destinations too.
NEXT: Know when to shop →
With so much of fashion retail in Singapore going online, it’s best you know a trick or two. According to retailer reporting service SumAll, you’ve got the best chances of snapping a good deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Oh, and hit the snooze button on shopping on Sundays. Check out more online shopping hacks here!
NEXT: Have your cake and eat it too →
Food that don’t keep well are often sold at discounted prices at the end of the day. Take for instance sushi in gourmet grocers. Want a late night sweet treat? These hotel bakeries offer discounted cakes and pastries from as early as 6pm.
NEXT: Grab and Uber for cheaper →
By Andre Theng and Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 285), August 2017
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