• 3 Free Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Overseas Holidays

    Singaporeans spend a lot of money on overseas holidays. Well, there’s no other way to escape the annual haze and now, the Zika virus. We turn to overseas trips during public holidays to escape nosey relatives ...

  • Is Credit Card Debt Eating You Alive? Here’s What You Should Know About Debt Consolidation

    Because of high credit card interest rates, leaving large outstanding balances on your credit card account will lead to large amounts of interest. Here’s an easy infographic to help you understand the dangers, and what you can do about your credit card debt. Do you need a debt consolidation loan?

  • 4 Fads Singaporeans Have Spent Tons of Time and Money on in the Last Decade

    When fads take hold in Singapore, they have the tendency to spiral out of control. Despite the fact that cafe culture has never really had a place in Singapore (unless you count Starbucks and Coffee Bean as beacons of coffee culture), hipster cafes exploded onto the scene a few years ago, and now everybody is a coffee …

  • The Unseen Perils of Living Paycheck to Paycheck that Singaporeans Don’t Realise Until It’s Too Late

    Many Singaporeans assume that people who have trouble saving on a monthly basis are low-income earners without any room to buffer their expenditures. One of the things many people might not realise – at least not until their day-to-day spending exceeds their means – is the fact that living paycheck to paycheck actually …

  • 5 Microbusinesses Kids in Singapore Can Start on Their Own

    Today’s kids are a lot more savvy—unlike Singaporean children growing up in the 80s and 90s, they know what it takes to be a social media star, and their aspirations are no longer to become astronauts and firefighters but investment bankers. Despite the low birthrate, the childcare business is booming in Singapore as busy …

  • 3 Silly Financial Mistakes Even Young, Educated Singaporeans are Making

    While the pioneer generation end up getting conned by scammers selling magic stones and there are actually people who “don’t believe in” credit cards, by many accounts the younger generation isn’t doing much better. It’s not just people who cite shopping as one of their “hobbies” who have trouble paying off their credit …

  • Why Millennials Should Care about What the Government is Doing to Keep Older Singaporeans Employed

    What these people don’t understand is that the retirement age has nothing to do with how long you are forced to work to make ends meet. In countries where citizens get pensions, retirement signals that it’s time to kick back and bust out the piña coladas. Singaporeans don’t receive pensions, hence whether the retirement …

  • If you're single and about to retire, you're about to join 20 million other unmarried retirees in the U.S. who have different concerns than married folk, and need different considerations when planning retirement. Some singles are divorced, separated and never married, but most, (11 million) are widowed, according to a …

  • Saving for retirement is especially difficult when you earn a small salary. Here's how to begin building wealth for retirement when you have a modest income. Find out how much you need to save to get the maximum possible 401(k) match, and then make every effort to deposit that amount in your retirement account.

  • Here's the first thing you should know about credit card interest: It's completely avoidable. If you pay your credit card balance in full every month, you'll probably never owe any interest. Your interest charges on that balance would be roughly equal to the price of two gumballs.

  • How to Retire as a Millionaire U.S.News & World Report

    According to a recent survey by Wells Fargo, 64 percent of working people between ages of 22 and 35 say they will never reach $1 million while saving for retirement. "It's just about math," says Travis Sollinger, director of financial planning at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.

  • Maximize your credit card rewards: Wallaby, a free app, helps you maximize your credit card rewards -- cash back, frequent flier miles or anything else -- by telling you which card to use where. For $1 per month, it'll invest your spare change for you.

  • 4 Smart Ways to Save Money This Fall U.S.News & World Report

    The abundance of in-season fruits and vegetables from the autumn harvest makes this even easier. Squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and root vegetables will be inexpensive at your local grocery store or farmers market, and the recipe possibilities are endless. Bonus money-saving tip: Look for "ugly" fruit or vegetables, …

  • Americans spend as much as a third of their food dollars on eating out, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The permanent solution to an inflated food budget is to learn how to cook for yourself. None of the discounts end up being chain eateries, so you can venture off to a new local restaurant each …

  • Saving for retirement is no easy task and it can be particularly challenging for couples. When there's a lack of communication about money matters or you're not in agreement on how your savings should be invested, that can throw your entire retirement planning strategy off course. Fidelity Investments' 2015 Couples Retirement …

  • The inventory in the Windy City can fluctuate with the seasons, which sometimes leads to a lengthy search process. Working with a real estate agent can help reduce the amount of time it takes to find a home. "Taking the time to meet with a professional up front will save you hours in the field," says Melissa Vasic, the …

  • It's a question every shopper has had to ask themselves: Do I want to apply for a store credit card? It's easy to damage your credit with store credit cards. The reason you should be cautious about opening up these accounts is that the credit limits are generally low, says John Ganotis, co-founder of Credit Card Insider, …

  • After all, saving for retirement, college, summer vacation or any other goal involves delayed gratification, unnatural consistency and hard work. "We're very conscious of behavioral finance," says Michael Resnick, senior wealth management advisor and certified financial planner at GCG Financial in Deerfield, Illinois.

  • In the battle against winter cold and sky-high home energy costs, the first line of defense is attic insulation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's estimates, homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by sealing up air leaks and adding insulation to their attics -- and that's …

  • Your car, which sucks up money that could multiply many times over in a good retirement account. "Kicking the habit of purchasing expensive cars early in life can not only save extra money per month, but may also allow someone to retire earlier," says Ryan Kwiatkowski, director of marketing at Retirement Solutions in Naperville, …

  • When was the last time you read a credit card contract? CreditCards.com used readability software to examine more than 2,000 credit card agreements on file with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The software looked at factors, such as average word length and average sentence length, and determined that these agreements …

  • The only thing growing more quickly than the sticker price on a college education may be the debate around the value of a degree -- particularly if a student takes on a big load of debt while majoring in something with no clear path to a decent job. With an eye toward giving families a way to save time and money, colleges …

  • In fact, 90 percent of consumers report using coupons, collectively saving $3.4 billion in 2015, according to a July report from Valassis, a media delivery company. In an August survey released by Valassis, 42 percent of consumers reported saving $30 or more per week using coupons, while 21 percent said they saved $50 …

  • Some full-time jobs don't pay enough to allow employees to cover their expenses and save for retirement at the same time. Saving for retirement is an excellent use for this extra income. You can use side hustle income to create a nest egg for retirement, even if you're already contributing to a 401(k) through your day …

  • Ace the Art of Lowering Your Bills U.S.News & World Report

    If the company does save you money, it'll keep 45 percent of your savings (for the first year), and you'll get 55 percent, though it plans to reduce the portion it keeps in the future, says Shrinkabill CEO Jordan Wolff. If you decide to join their ranks, Barry Gross, founder and CEO of Billcutterz.com, has some pointe …

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