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Asked 4w ago

What are the everyday household items that are worth spending the extra money on?

Feel free to list brand names or where you usually get them at a decent price (if possible)! Thanks!

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Kenneth Fong
Kenneth Fong, Product Marketing at Seedly
Level 6. Master
Updated 2w ago

Hi anonymous,

Great question! I consider myself a pretty frugal guy, so whatever's cheapest works for me and that's usually the house-brand stuff (I'm not picky, that way).

BUT there are some things which I think are worth spending the extra money on, and it doesn't mean that it has to be the really expensive or premium stuff:

1) Mama Lemon Dishwashing Liquid

I've tried UIC, Joy, and Biograde (which looks like some kind of industrial cleaner and costs less than $5 for a 3L giant container).

Source: NTUC FairPrice

But really. Mama Lemon is the only brand which I feel, really cleans my dishes right. Everything else feels kinda watered down.

I'll always get the original one which comes in a yellow bottle or packet (aka 'Natural Lemon').

Source: NTUC FairPrice

I have a refillable bottle which I got from Muji and use that to hold my Mama Lemon. So I'll just get the refill which costs $1.50 for 600ml (if you did the math, the Biograde one would be about $2.50 cheaper for the same quantity).

Sometimes they even do a 2-pack promo. So that's when I'll stock up. 2) Energizer Batteries

Cheap batteries (like the $2 ones which you can get at Daiso) are okay for toys.

But if you're talking about stuff like the TV remote, smoke detectors, flashlights, doorbell and digital door lock. The stuff which you count on to NOT fail at the inopportune times...

I'll always reach for a pack of Energizer batteries.

Source: NTUC FairPrice

I do NOT intend to be locked out of my home when some cheap batteries which I got for $2 die on me and I can't operate my digital lock.

3) Maling Premium Luncheon Meat

On the rare occasions when I do need to get luncheon meat, for like a potato and luncheon meat fryup with tomato sauce.

I'll get a can of Maling (costs about $3 to $3.50, depending on where you get it from).

Source: NTUC FairPrice

Taste-wise. It's undoubtedly the best luncheon meat you can get. Everything else which I've tried just tastes... off.

I mean, it's already reconstituted pork. I really don't need any other weird fillers, flavours or mystery meat added.

Also, Maling is like a nice mid-range price. Not as cheap as $2 (looking at you Mili Pork Luncheon Meat, which looks ALMOST like Maling so be careful when picking). And not ridiculously overpriced like Spam (north of $6).

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Now, without getting into specific brands, here are some items which I personally believe are the best ever (and they're not always expensive too):

1) Old-School Stainless Steel Can Opener

It's the type which you can get at the neighbourhood shop (which sells all kinds of odds and ends like brooms, spoons, drills, and door handles) or the wet market.

The kind that looks like this:

They cost something like $1 each and work on pretty much any kind of can in existence. You just use physics and your strength, and you'll open it.

Trust me.

The plier-type ones which are "heavy-duty" and have "multi-functions" will break down after like 5 uses.

Source: Lazada

And they aren't cheap either...

2) 3-Ply Toilet Paper

Not too long ago, I've tried figuring out if expensive toilet paper is worth it.

And have come to the conclusion that a 2-ply toilet paper should really be the minimum...

However, my wife insists that we get 3-ply. If I try to get anything lower than that, she'll complain and say that it "feels like sandpaper".

So we usually get something like this:

Source: NTUC FairPrice

That's a 20 roll pack of 3-ply that you can usually find in NTUC or Giant at the "purchase with purchase" section. Just look around the next time you get into your local supermarket. It's usually near the checkout aisles or near the entrance.

You'll usually have to spend like $40 or something to be able to purchase it at a discount. And since we usually consolidate our weekly grocery runs, I'll always make sure to check if there's any 3-ply toilet paper available on offer.

3) Bath Towels

Get those which are 100% pure cotton. Don't mess around with the microfibre stuff (think: the green SAF towels) which doesn't dry well.

They're comfortable, absorb well, and won't turn to rags after 3 washes.

I'll usually spend a little more on them because I take a shower every day, so I might as well get something that feels nice and will last for a while because I'll be washing them like 4 or 5 times a week.​​​

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Melani
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 4w ago

Making good use of the space you have at home by using storage organisers can be a god send! That way you can keep track of what you have, and may be less likely to buy more stuff if you know it will cause clutter. I'd also recommend getting houseplants to brighten up your home.

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Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport

4w ago

Yes, maybe Singapore's signature orchid?
Mingli Lin
Mingli Lin
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2w ago

Tide FeBreeze Sports Laundry detergent

If you're into doing sports or sweaty person in this Sg heat, this is the laundry detergent you need.

I tried many types of detergents for sports and sweaty clothes. This is the only one that works to clean and dry without stink.

Some laundry detergent just wastes your time, water, money and effort as clothes still stink after washing.

Although it's a bit pricier at $11.90-14.90 usual price for a 1+L bottle. It lasts a long time as a small amount (less than the recommendation is required) is needed to wash cleanly. Usually I buy it on promotion $9.90 at cold storage, redmart or even Shopee P&G store.

try it! ​​​

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Lalala
Level 2. Rookie
Answered 4w ago

Good mattress (pro tip: go to an ulu Robinsons branch, look for display set, 50% off the price and high chance still pristine cos <6 months displayed), washing machine & clothes dryer & dishwasher, robot vacuum (saves you a lot of time, no need maid even if you have kids, less quarrel on chores trust me)

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Perrine Ban-mian Pang
Perrine Ban-mian Pang
Level 2. Rookie
Answered 2w ago

Start off with 2 essential items you shouldnt save on, a comfortable bed and a pair of shoes. Thats because you spend the most amount of time in them (generally 8 hours in bed and 8 hours in shoes - working).

For other items

Long term like electronics/furniture go for quality and worth the price

Short term go for lowest price point/sales and worth the price

worth the price (example)

  • instead of price factor alone doing your due diligence and calculations like on toilet paper, divide the price point down to the ply and amount of sheets in a roll​​​

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Jason
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2w ago

You can get generally cheaper hair/body care and some household products here compared to supermarkets 🙃 https://www.venusbeauty.com.sg/

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Petrine Tang
Petrine Tang
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 2w ago

1) Water dispenser

Must be tankless and just connect straight to water pipe. Must have hot, cold, room temperature water. You never have to waste your time boiling water again!! (Brands like eg. Ruhens, wells, hydroflux, etc..)

2) Dishwasher

The bigger the better! Just throw everything in to wash. You save so much time, water AND dishwashing liquid! When you have baby and so many milk bottles, just throw everything in!

3) Dyson vacumn cleaner

Or any cordless vacumn cleaner. It makes cleaning the house so much easier! If you have young kids, robot vacumns don't work as well because you'll have too many toys lying around the house 😂

4) Nespresso machine

I don't drink 3-in-1 coffee because it's laden with sugar and not so good beans. When you're busy you just don't have the time to brew good coffee all the time. Nespresso is the solution to consistent good coffee! The machine and pods are not expensive either. You can also subscribe to hook coffee for cheaper pods.

5) DRYER!!!

I don't have a dryer. I own a laundry system at home that costs as much as a dryer. I curse and swear every time I have to hang my clothes and push them out to dry. We are working adults with 2 kids and only have time to do our laundry on weekends. If it rains on weekends, we have so many clothes hanging indoor and can't dry them effectively! I regret not getting a dryer!! Next house I confirm will buy so I can do my laundry on weekday nights too.

6) Xiaomi automatic soap dispenser

Recently due to covid19 I bought it from shopee to make soap dispensing easier. My daughter loves it! I also love it cos no need to keep nagging at her to wash her hands 😂😂😂

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Amelia Leow
Amelia Leow
Level 5. Genius
Answered 2w ago

Robot vacuum (Xiaomi Roborock is really not bad) - they have a lot of discounts too

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weiming

2w ago

This is so helpful 👍
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Nigel
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 4w ago

A reliable fan, refrigerator, and water pitcher - after all, its the essentials that keep us productive and happy :)

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Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport
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Top Contributor (Jul)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 4w ago

A comfortable bed, a beautiful sofa

and many, many MSCI ACWI ETF shares

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Kevin
Kevin
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 4w ago

Perhaps a mattress, a good pan, a weighted blanket, aesthetic and “atas” dining plates and utensils because you get to use them for a really long time.

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Nigel

4w ago

Any idea where to shop for the utensils and kitchenwares?