I’m a financially-savvy value hunter and have always been on a look out for great products and services that give more bang for the buck. What you’ll see in this section are tips accumulated over the years that can help you save or make money. And they are not just limited to Travel or Beauty.
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SAVE MONEY ON BEAUTY PRODUCTS
AliExpress: You won’t believe it if I tell you I get my gel nail polish for $3, double-eye tape for $0.50 and a lot more manicure accessories at below-market prices. Yes, I got them and many more beauty products from AliExpress. There’s another reason that kept me going back – free worldwide shipping. Alright, not all but you can easily apply a filter to generate products that include free shipping and there are a LOT of them! I love it that I do not have to worry about shipping arrangement or unknown shipping fee. Don’t say I never share, okay? First-time users can get US $4 Coupon just by joining.
Beauty Must-Haves: For a list of highly-recommended beauty products including my holy grail must-haves, hop over to this section. Getting the right product on first attempt can help you save lots of money.
SAVE MONEY WHILE YOU TRAVEL
Airbnb: I’ve been an Airbnb user for a couple of years and highly recommend it. It is almost always cheaper than hotel, many times giving the same value for just half the price or less (view some of my airbnb stays here and here). You can get S$45 discount off your first stay at Airbnb and I strongly encourage you to give it a try – you will thank me for it.
CabinZero: I bought a CabinZero bag last year and am super loving it because it saves me money! You see, I travel frequently sometimes more than 6 times a year and to cut travel expenses, I try to fly via budget airlines whenever possible. But budget airlines are notorious in add-on costs, one of which is ‘Checked Baggage’. I take pride in being able to travel light and managed quite well with just a carry-on baggage. However, budget airlines have made it more difficult by reducing check in limit from 10kg to just 7kg. I solved this by using the super lightweight and durable CabinZero. You’ll be amazed how much this 44L bag can pack! I have used it for trips stretching more than 2 weeks. Go get it! Highly recommended!
Agoda: As a bargain hunter and avid traveler, I’ve explored different hotels-booking portals and have learnt over the years that the lowest price almost always came from Agoda. Therefore, Agoda is my default hotel-booking website and it has been so for many years.
Shopback: If you reside in Singapore, there’s an amazing website that can help you save money. Be it buying air tickets, booking hotels, or indulging in online shopping, you can get substantial cash rebate just by clicking through Shopback website. Just an extra click can get you extra money in your pocket, so why not? For example, my recent agoda hotel booking had earned me 6% cashback.
If you’ve decided to give this a try, get $10 cash in your account by signing up through this Shopback link.
Great Travel Destinations: Are you looking for travel ideas and tips, be it all-year-round summer destinations, solo-travelling tips or things to buy in foreign lands? Click here to view my list of travelogues, all of which were made on free and easy. Tips provided can help you save money, time and effort.
EARN MONEY BY BLOGGING
Start a Blog using the Right Tools
To make money from blogging, you will first need to have a blog. Start it right as some of the things would be very difficult to change later. I know it because I am spending days and nights trying to alter some elements of the blog now. Below are my recommendations based on first-hand experience.
Bluehost: If you are just starting out on a blog or website, choose a low-cost hosting company. Bluehost is one of the cheapest hosting companies and comes free with a domain and a user-friendly and well-integrated dashboard. For those using WordPress platform, Bluehost works seamlessly allowing for a one-click installation. What’s more, it offered 30-day money-back guarantee.
I started off using Bluehost for the first 2 years while growing my content and pageviews. Starting it cheap was great as I didn’t need to commit a lot monetarily in case this passion didn’t last, but it did of course. As of now, I’m still registering my website domain through Bluehost – the fourth year running!
Vodien: As my website traffic grew over the years, I needed a faster hosting server. I did a research and started using Vodien since 2016. Migrating from old server to Vodien was easy because Vodien provided the service at no charge (yes, they basically did the transfer for me). After using Vodien for two years, I have to say that I am extremely happy with it. Page loading was fast and there was almost zero downtime. Customer service was also excellent – any correspondence would be responded to quickly. Click here to sign up for Vodien.
Mailchimp: If you are just starting out on blogging, please learn from my mistake and start using mailchimp immediately to manage your email subscribers (I started too late and have to spend lots of efforts migrating my existing subscribers from Jetpack). Through Mailchimp, you can easily create beautifully-designed emails and automate email marketing to boost readers engagement. Mailchimp is free as long as your subscriber counts is below 2,000. Sign up through this link and you can get $30 in your account which can be used later should you decide to upgrade.
PicMonkey: I started using PicMonkey since the launch of this website in 2014. So far, it is the most intuitive online photo-editor I’ve used to edit photos, create collages or produce attention-grabbing banners. There’s no steep learning curve to go through. I highly recommend PicMonkey to those who have a regular need to create eye-catching images and banners.
Fotor: Those who are just starting out blogging can use Fotor to edit photos and create collages. It’s intuitive and simple enough for beginners and Fotor’s basic feature is free to use. When you have established a regular need for image-editing, you can upgrade to PicMonkey which is my preferred photo-editing website.
So, the blog is up. How do you earn money? Stay tuned as I will be sharing with you the things I’ve learnt in my 4-year journey in blogging and how this passion in sharing my thoughts with the world earns me passive income.
MONEY-SAVING APPS / WEBSITES
Eatigo: Hands-down one of the most useful apps I’ve used! Imagine, food at up to 50% off! In fact, I always apply filter to make sure only restaurants with 50% off are displayed. Other than helping me save money, Eatigo also helps me book restaurants at the same time. Whenever I run out of ideas on what to eat, I will browse through Eatigo to get inspiration (see food eaten through Eatigo). Sign up through this Eatigo link and you can get $5 rewards.
If you prefer to use Eatigo mobile app, just enter this Referral Code “eatiq3v” when signing up to get the $5 rewards. I strongly encourage you to give it a try. I’m confident you will thank me for it! I even use it when I was travelling in Asia.
AliExpress: I’ve shared above how AliExpress helped me save money when purchasing beauty products. I’m listing this here again because AliExpress has helped me save money from buying gym wear and fashion jewelry, to getting mobile cases, IT products, fitbit band and even a car audio system. Everything I’ve purchased were cheaper than most eCommerce sites and they worked well too. I also save myself the hassle of making shipping arrangement by choosing products that come with “free worldwide shipping”.
First-time users can get US $4 Coupon just by joining. Isn’t that great? For your convenience, I’ve intentionally provided links to the some of the AliExpress stores I’ve purchased things from (see above) so you can save time from searching.
Amazon: There are some things that I don’t buy off AliExpress because I wanted a certain established brand. That’s when I visit Amazon. So far, I’ve been getting at least 20-30% savings from products such as electronics (e.g. Fitbit, Logitech Mouse) and Eagle Creek travel bags. I also depend on Amazon to get things that’s not available in Singapore such as Fine Tea (e.g. Harney & Sons) and Vitamin C Serum.
Shopback: If you reside in Singapore, there’s a website that allows you to earn cash rebates when you shop. I’ve described it above under Travel section, but I’ll say it again here because Shopback encompasses a wide product categories – from dining to fashion, electronics and online shopping. Just an extra click can get you extra money in your pocket, so why not? For example, my shopping spree on AliExpress has earned me 5% cashback.
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