Money Hacks is a 2 part series to share about the deals which I used to make the best out of my money. Read Part 1 here.
In Part 1, I shared on the high interest bank accounts, the cashback cards and also the dining discounts which I can get. In part 2, I will write about the deals for movies, shopping and also how to travel smartly.
Finding the best deals – Movies and Shopping
For movies, here are a list of discounts for 3 of the main cinemas in Singapore:
HSBC’s Movie Card – $7.50 weekday movie tickets, $9.50 weekend movie tickets
DBS GV iCard – $7.50 weekday movie tickets, $11 weekend movie tickets
Safra Card: $7.50 weekday movie tickets, $10.50 weekend movie tickets and 1 for 1 weekend tickets (for first 500 redemptions per day only)
M1 Customers: 1 for 1 movie tickets on Sunday (valid for first 450 customers only)
Mastercard – $8 weekday movie tickets, $10.50 weekend movie tickets (not valid for online bookings)
Singtel Customers – 1 for 1 movie tickets every Thursdays (valid for first 500 customers only)
For shopping, a good website is Shopback to get cashback. You can get cashback on all the popular stores such as Taobao, Qoo10, ebay, AliExpress, Lazada, Shopee and many more. There are many other popular stores too which includes food panda, Expedia, Agoda etc
What’s more, you can use my link to get $10 free when you sign up. Sign up here to get your free instant cashback.
Many of you should have heard of Carousell where you can buy and sell stuff. Its getting so popular that I’m hearing more and more people use it. Besides selling your stuff, many people actually buy things from there too. You can get some good stuff just searching around and most of the time its much cheaper than what you get in the retail shops.
Ezbuy is an online shopping portal which brings you the stuff from Taobao without you having to buy your stuff in RMB. There are quite a lot of stuff available for sale and its fairly easy to use. For delivery, you can choose either to deliver straight to your doorstep or choose a location near your house. This can save you quite a lot of delivery charges.
For travelling, the 2 biggest expenses will be the air tickets and accommodation. Let’s talk about air tickets first.
For comparison of the best air tickets, you can use skyscanner which will instantly compare for you the cheapest air tickets across many airlines. In just less than a minute, you can get the best deal for your flight tickets instantly.
However, air lines do not offer promotions all the time so its crucial to know when the promotions are offered. There are a few ways to keep up to date on the promotions. Firstly, you can follow the different airlines on their Facebook page and also subscribe to their newsletter. For Scoot, they seem to offer special rates on Tuesday and for Jetstar, its on Friday. Full fledge airlines such as Singapore airlines do offer promotions too and it can be quite attractive once they have it. Another website to follow is moneydigest.sg which always have the latest deals updated on their site.
For accommodation, there are more choices now as compared to the past. Besides staying in the traditional hotels, there is airbnb where you can stay at someone’s else home. If you’re going on a trip with your family, you can actually book the whole apartment with kitchen, living room, bedrooms all for yourself. I’ve stayed in a few before and its quite an unique and fuss free experience. Just remember to check the reviews to make sure its good before booking.
For hotels, we can use trivago.sg to compare for the best hotels. You might have used Agoda or booking.com before but now with Trivago, they instantly compare against many websites (including agoda and booking.com) for the best hotel deals. Its the best “skyscanner” for hotels.
Regardless if its getting higher interest on your bank account, cashback for spending, shopping, dining, watching movie or even travelling, there are money hacks which we can use to make the best out of it. With the power of technology and the rise of comparison portals and sites, it makes it easier to get the best deals now.
P.S: I’ve started a comparison portal on my blog too to allow you to compare for the best deals. Check it out here.
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