It’s costly to raise a family in Singapore, but I must say that Singaporeans are a hardy bunch. How else can we survive in of the most expensive cities in the world where everything costs an arm and a leg? Here are some tips to help the uninitiated breathe a little easier. I hope.
- Take public transport. Frequently.
Singapore has one of the most efficient public transport system in the region, if not the world. So what if the public transport fares have been increasing? So what if it’s prone to service breakdowns? You are still paying peanuts compared to dealing with road taxes, insurances, COE and other maintenance costs you have to pay for own your own set of wheels.
- Feast heartily at hawker centres.
When it comes to tasting true blue Singaporean fares, nothing beats hawker centres for its good food at great prices in convenient locations. Yes it’s somewhat dirty, sometimes smelly and frequently packed, but where else can you teach your kids all about local delicacies like Char Kway Tiao, Laksa and Wanton Mee?
- Stay home on weekends.
Thank god for PS4, YouTube and cable TV! Why leave the house and jostle with the weekend crowd when you can be duly entertained at home? If all else fails, just bring your kids to the nearest playground and let them run themselves out of steam. Works like a charm for me.
My spouse and I have developed an uncanny ability to nose out the best deals for diapers, baby formulas and other great bargains over the years. This has gradually expanded to include special perks for kids at tourist attractions and other events that helped to shave off costs. A little a day indeed goes a long way.
- Stay with your folks/ in-laws
Nothing’s sweeter than letting your kids spend quality time with their grandparents, not to mention sparing you the nightmare of finding reliable nannies. Other perks include splitting the household expenditure and of course, enjoying delicious home cooked meals that’s not only nutritious but also cost a lot less than dining in restaurants.
6. Do freelance
I’m not a glutton for punishment, but the extra income does help quite a bit. If you’re good in a particular skill set, why not use it to make a little something on the side? Where possible, always consider investing whatever extra monies you have so that it can bring in better returns. Hey, whatever helps right?