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While singles in other countries scramble to download Tinder in the run-up to Valentines’ Day, in Singapore this happens a little earlier thanks to Chinese New Year and the nosy aunties the season brings.
Now, the prospect of finding lurve is already daunting enough without the thought of how expensive it can get, especially in Singapore where dinner and drinks can easily set you back over $100 if the treat’s on you.
It looks like things aren’t going to go well on the economic front this year. We’re on the brink of slipping into a technical recession, and the gloomy outlook is expected to result in higher retrenchment figures, a slowdown in employment and horrible news for a whole bunch of industries.
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Is cash really king? Definitely not when it comes to maximizing the rewards of your credit cards. Credit card rewards and privileges rank high on the priorities of why Singaporeans sign up for cards in the first place; you can bet that banks go out of their way to ensure that exclusive rewards and discounts are tailored to their cardholders.
People living in other countries have the option to bugger off and go live in a cheaper city or town when the cost of living in the capital rises. Unfortunately, Singaporeans don’t have that option, assuming they actually want to remain in the country.
So you’ve refused to buy any bak kwa during CNY in order to cleverly avoid having to pay jacked up prices. You refuse to display any of that pussy willow crap in your home, and you’re going to be wearing the same crappy clothes you wear every day during CNY, thank you very much.
A United Overseas Bank survey, conducted by market research firm Ipsos last month, polled 503 people in Singapore aged between 25 and 55 about their plans for Chinese New Year.
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