As Singapore climb the charts of the “Most Expensive Cities of the World to Live In”, instead of presenting frugal methods to adopt while acclimatizing to the rising costs; let’s be bold and talk about ways that one can overspend in Singapore.
1. Shop Till You Drop
Singapore is a shopping haven with scores and scores of huge shopping malls and boutiques where you can find everything from clothes, bags, shoes, electronics, IT/computer products and many more. Some must-visit locations to spend your well-earned money would be Orchard Road, Vivocity, Bugis and any major malls in the residential areas of togel singapore.
Once you’re in the air-conditioned comfort of any of these malls, you will spend your time flitting from one boutique to another and be completely engrossed by the sales and low prices on offer at almost every store. Before you know it, the sun has set and the shopping mall is making its final announcement before closing.
For the shopaholics, if you know you can’t resist a great bargain then be sure to avoid planning a trip during the annual Great Singapore Sales (GSS) around the months of June/July, otherwise you will definitely be racking up a hefty bill.
2. Singapore Is A “Fine” City
You’ve perhaps seen this phrase printed on T-shirts founds in the gift shops or even heard it uttered by her citizens. All because Singapore is known as the city where, if you’re not careful, you’ll be fined a great deal of money by not abiding to a few simple rules.
Let us count the way in which you can be parted with your cash:
- On the MRT Trains – $500 for eating or drinking, $1,000 for smoking and a whopping $5,000 for bringing on-board flammable goods!
- Jaywalking – Get caught, and you’ll need to pay $500.
- Littering – That’s $1,000 fine and a possibility of being made to undertake Corrective Work Order where you will be publicly paraded wear a neon vest to pick up litter on the streets.
- Gum – Yes, it’s banned from being sold in Singapore, until recently for certain medical reasons! So if you try to bring in huge quantities of this chewable treat, that’s a $1,000 fine. Incidentally, you are allowed to chew gum, but be sure to dispose of it graciously, otherwise it’s another $1,000 should you just spit it out on the streets.
3. Traveling In Style
Getting around Singapore is very convenient, there are a plethora of options and the country boasts one of the world’s best public transport systems of buses, trains and taxis.
There is one particular taxi that is sure to balloon anyone’s budget especially if that is your sole mode of transport – the Chrysler taxi!
This sleek, black Chrysler has the highest (SGD$5) flag down rate of all other taxis (avg. of SGD$3) and is more expensive per kilometer traveled than the others as well. Add to that any advance booking fees you incur, which is one great way to overspend!
4. Indulgent Eats
As Singapore becomes more affluent, there is a bigger influx of celebrity chefs setting up restaurants here. Spend a week just eating at these restaurants and your wallet will definitely be lighter, although we probably can’t say the same for your waist-line.
Some indulgent eats we recommend:
- Au Jardin – A top of the line French restaurant, expect to pay around SGD$250 per person.
- Iggy’s – Iggy’s has been included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants a few times, cost per person run around SGD$200.
- Morton’s – For meat lovers, expect to part with at least SGD$160 for a meal there.
- Waku Ghin by Tetsuya – Average price per person would be SGD$380.
- Cut by Wolfgang Puck – Another place for the carnivores out there where their steaks prices go up to SGD$250 for a single portion.
5. Trying Your Luck At Casinos
You know the saying, “In the end, the house always wins.”
So if you’re in the mood and feeling lucky, head to any of the two casinos that were only established in Singapore a few years ago, after the government lifted the regulation on gambling.
6. Alcohol And Cigarettes
Depending on who you speak to, these two non-essential lifestyle products incur such a high amount of tax that for the average consumer of alcohol and smoker; drinking and smoking will rack up a hefty sum in no time.
Singapore is reputed to be the 5th most expensive country to buy a pint in! And for ciggies, the prices of those bad boys have increased by 300% since 1972!
It will costs you a whopping USD$10 for a pack of puffs and a pint of beer in a pub will set you back by about USD$15!
7. Luxurious Accommodations
We are all creatures of comfort, and after a long day of walking and sight-seeing the best remedy for relaxation is to return to the comforts of a luxurious hotel room.