Author: Simple Budget, Simple Life

The most anticipated time in your work year – performance bonus, promotion and increment

Every month, I look forward to pay-day. But my most anticipated moment of the (work) year is my PB. Wish I could click enter many times This is the time of the year where I eagerly await my report card. This is also the time when people feel excitement, happiness, anger, betrayal or disappointment on how they are assessed for their work over the past year. I’ve been in my first job since graduation and had received 4 performance gradings. So far, I thank lady luck for blessing me with above average gradings. At least, despite the frustrations felt...

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Couple Talk: EC or Resale

I’ve dated my partner for close to 5 years. I always joke that I gave him my youth (that’s true). 5 years is a long time. I also joked about how if we’re fortunate enough, we would already have a baby (好命的话,我的baby可能1岁咯). Unfortunately, we have been sorely unsuccessful in getting a flat. I probably am more anxious than him because I feel like I’ve an expiry date, and my biological clock is ticking. I know there are some stories of mummies at 40s and 50s, but I’d rather meet my goal of having kids before 30. I used to...

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CIMB Fixed Deposit at >1.2% p.a

Just applied for the CIMB FD at 1.2% for 6 months with $20k. I have been thinking if I should apply for this or park my money into shares. Guess I’m not that stocks-savvy to take the plunge. Regardless, this FD will earn me an interest of around $120. With my BOC Smartsaver max out at $60k, this 1.2% interest is slightly better than me leaving the remaining money in my Fastsaver. Will keep a look out for other deals to park my extra cash. Btw, the FDs promotions this year have been...

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Money Saving tip: Don’t throw away your mandarin orange peels!

Happy Lunar New Year! With mandarin oranges being one of the core items that you bring along for house visiting, I’m sure you’d have at least a pair of oranges in your house. Other than eating it, how about making the full use of this amazing fruit by saving the peels? It’s environmentally and pocket ($) friendly. FYI, these works well for any citrus peels :) Here’s what you can do with your peels: 1. Make it with tea [embedded content] You could either dry it like how the video does, or just pour hot water on freshly peeled...

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Unexpected review of 2016: hitting $200k in net worth

As we countdown to 2017, I was reflecting on my 2016. 2016 was an average year. Nothing exciting to shout about and nothing major happened…. Until I started to browse through my blog and reviewed my financial portfolios. As I browsed through my blog, I looked back at the little things that happened. I got engaged, got a shock from my health screening results which turned out to be nothing bad (pessimist really), achieved $100k cash savings and this is excluding CPF at 25, transferred money to my mom’s CPF which made her happy, travelled overseas twice albeit to...

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5 Last minute Practical Christmas Gift ideas – Below $30

It’s just one week to Xmas! No wonder the crowd at Orchard yesterday. There were full of people at Takashimaya, ION looking for gifts….or are they impractical ones? Every Christmas, we fret over what to gift to friends, colleagues and families. I, as a self-proclaimed ultra practical person will never buy gifts that are impractical. I’ll SMH and feel disappointed when I received impractical gifts like chocolates (very insincere leh, unless it’s Royce lol), The Body Shop lotion (no use la!), piggy banks (I’m big enough leh!) and notebooks (not laptops but jotter books! They’re fancy, but I get...

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Damn those wisdom teeth

I’ve a total of 4 wisdom tooth that has yet been extracted. People say that if you dont feel aches, there’s no need to remove those tooth. But, I’ve been having toothache on my lower right molar area. I knew my 4 wisdom tooth were growing in weird directions during my x-rays years ago. The dentist said that she could not remove them as they’re still growing and it is possible that my tooth would grow vertically just like normal tooth which does not require extractions. However, years later, I could see that my 4 wisdom tooth are impacted...

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4 lottery winners who lost it all

I like the caption below: With the Powerball jackpot soaring to $415 million, it’s important to remember that money doesn’t solve life’s problems. In fact, many people’s lives took a turn for the worse, and they managed to lose all the money. What would I do if I strike the lottery? 1. Keep quiet This might be hard to do considering that I like to share my joy. But, I’d like to keep my mouth shut and not share this news to anyone – not even my partner and family. I can already imagine what my dad would say...

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It’s not just about PSLE. It’s about our society’s attitude on Grades

As I trawl through the comments, people were sharing their PSLE scores along with how and what they’re doing now. Some are doing well, and some are still finding their way out in life. Now here’s my story. I grew up in a vicious environment. A vicious environment perpetuated by bitchy relatives who compare my results EVERY SINGLE TIME. I hated them for their endless comparison and in turn berated myself for not being academically smart. They always had something to say or to belittle me. I had a big ego but a meek personality. Whenever I hear them...

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There’s no need to conform to norms

I probably come across as a frugal lady from my previous posts. I don’t spend incessantly, don’t crave for much, nor chase for the latest fashion or makeup. But, I’ve my shares of impulse purchases. And this purchase which I’m taking about, makes me regret every time I think about/sees it. And, it’s not even my money. My engagement ring I don’t think I’ve shared this story before, but my partner was kinda pressurized to get a diamond ring for me. On the spot. I guess I was feeling frustrated of his inaction, and his NATO style. He is...

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The things I look forward to

It’s mid Nov. How time flies. I remember celebrating Xmas in the office not long ago and exchanging gifts. It’s going to be another Xmas soon. In the past 11 months, I don’t think I’ve made much significant achievements. But as I squeeze my brain cells hard, I recalled achieving my goal of having $100k cash at 25. I recalled that I was proposed to, but hey, no progress in terms of marriage/wedding. I recalled that I took on a new portfolio and am not liking it very much. I recalled spending a lot of money on my SC...

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The start after a break

It’s 1 Nov tomorrow. After a decent break from work, it’s back to the grind. During my break, I had various thoughts: A) Quit this job – because I don’t know what I’m learning – there’s always so much shit to clear up and my bosses cannot lead – too much things on my plate and the bosses will always say they are giving me exposure – don’t wish to stay till promotion because it could be at least 2 more years (that’s a long time) – bosses don’t communicate and don’t give proper directions, leading to wastage of...

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[Guide] How to deposit cash to parent’s CPF?

The thought of depositing cash into CPF struck me when I read some blogs on reducing tax reliefs and also earning the decent interest rates given by our government in the current low interest rates climate. Since then, I’ve been researching on the pros and cons of this move and concluded to transfer $7,000 cash into my mom’s Retirement Account. Here’s why: 1. To reduce my tax payable My annual income this year is estimated at $60,000+. The estimated tax is around $2,400, assuming there are zero reliefs. By topping up my mom’s CPF, I’ll get a relief of...

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Should credit card companies inform us on the statement cycle during card activation?

I recently signed up for the HSBC credit card so that I could get the Samsonite luggage with my >$1k spend.   Let me just say that their application forms/page are not user friendly and their processing time was really long. I called the HSBC customer service to enquire when I’d receive the card, and they said mine was still in processing stage despite me making a few calls previously to ensure that I’ve submitted all my docs and that I need the card by end of the month. They said they’d expedite. Which, they did. Because on the...

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Being low maintenance helps in saving $

I am a self-proclaimed low maintenance lady and I attribute this lifestyle and my personality of wanting to make my money worth (most of the times), to why I manage to save $100k at 25. I love browsing through famous instagramers’ feed. From their immaculate makeup, fashionable outfits, to their pretty manicures, I’ll also do a double tap. But, I’ve never bear to splash cash to be like them. I’d rather have spend my money on food than makeup, and nice clothes that doesn’t cost a bomb. Here’s how I keep a low maintenance lifestyle: 1) I don’t do...

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