With clouds of uncertainty hovering above, it is little wonder that Singaporeans are choosing to tighten their belts and watch their spending during this time of celebration.
Before you dive right into the preparations, here are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities without stressing your wallet!
Be a selective shopper – choose your new clothes wisely
Being in the mood for celebration may lead you make some rash shopping decisions – like buying that expensive red dress/shirt that will never see the light of day after the festivities end. Buy apparel that can also be worn for work or other daily occasions, or colourful separates that can be mix-and-matched to create new looks. If you are looking to inject more colour in your outfit, go small – try eye-catching accessories like costume jewellery, a tie or even some colourful socks!
Be an ang bao collector – keep those free red packets
When you get some new notes from the banks, be sure to collect the complimentary red packets. You can use them as they are meant to, or repurpose them to add festive cheer around the house!
Get crafty – make your own Chinese New Year decorations
Decorating your home with red decorations is believed to bring good luck and fortune – but it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune doing it. There are plenty of easy DIY ideas that you can find online that will spruce up your place, yet cost next to nothing!
Be a penny-pincher – don’t splurge on oranges
Be selective and go for a dozen of the ‘best-looking’ Mandarin oranges that are sold separately. You don’t really need to get a whole carton when you can simply ‘recycle’ and ‘reuse’ the ones you have received.Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share