The time has come for Syawal to finally take a bow. No matter how days you’ve spent celebrating Hari Raya, one thing’s for sure – you would’ve received some duit sampul (or green packets) during the entire month. Yes, it does apply to you whether or not you’ve secured a bag.
Here are some things you can pump your savings into to make a bang for your buck.
1) We’re Gonna Go…
Given it’s the time of the year when the tidal waves of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) have come to engulf the retail sphere of Singapore, there’s truly no reason to miss out on the littest of deals and discounts.
7th July is GST-Free Day, which means participating retailers will be absorbing the 7% GST on your purchases. Think about it – if you spent your duit raya on a pair of sneakers which comes up to $150, you’d only be paying $139.50. That’s $10.50 saved, which you can use to get yourself something nice.
In any case, the GSS period runs until the end of July, so you have plenty of time to get your fix of retail therapy in! Treat yourself – it’ll be meaningful if it makes you feel good.
2) Work It!
If you’re over going to the mall or your usual spots for the weekend or being a homebody, then you should sign yourself up some workshops to create something nice and also some iconic memories to take home.
Homegrown one-stop destination for Singapore design and international creative works Naiise have some workshops in their e-catalogue held by professionals and experts such as Bead Bad Wolf, Dawn Kwan, Naked.works and Practice Tuckshop. Sign-ups are available on their website – they normally close on the last Friday before the workshop.
3) Get turnt and lit with your favourite artistes
There’s always a gig happening every month, which is amazing news for concert junkies who rely on a monthly concert fix for sustenance. July’s one month that’s not going to let you breathe – with star-studded names lined up to perform until August comes around, you better be ready to blow your bucks for this.
Take a look at the list of the artistes that will be coming this month! Tap on their names for the details:
13 July: Twice (SOLD OUT)
14 July: Jesse McCartney
15 July: Local Natives
17 July: Bazzi
17 July: Yaeji (SOLD OUT)
20 July: NCT 127
20 July: GFriend
24 July: Russ
25 July: Death Cab for Cutie (SOLD OUT)
26 July: Sam Kim
4) Pay It Forward, We Goin’ Islam!
Yes, we know. Contributing towards charity isn’t exclusive to Islam. It’s just a reference to a meme that took over Twitter for a good month. But we digress.
Sometimes, the best way to spend your extra blessings is to give it to people who need it more than you do. That’s not to say you should give people who straight up ask you out of the blue to spare you $50 (or in higher multiples of that), but to those who can barely cover expenses for the month and are tied down with actual plight and unfortunate circumstances.
5) Stay Relevant, Stay Winning
In today’s world, the only way we can stay at the top of our game is by keeping our skillset as cutting-edge and relevant as possible.
Some timeless skills you can pick up to ensure you stay winning in this modern world:
- Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator
- Digital Marketing
- Ethical ‘Whitehat’ Hacking
- Public Speaking
There are plenty of websites that offer online courses. Udemy has thousands of courses on the abovementioned from verified and credible experts in their respective fields, and they offer discounts that can go up to 90% from time to time.
Codecademy offers free basic coding courses that you can tackle independently and at your own pace thanks to their instant feedback system. They boast a full catalog, divided into 4 separate categories — Code Foundations, Computer Science, Data Science and Web Programming.
If you’re looking to conquer new languages, there are . If you prefer independent learning, there are well-known platforms like Duolingo that includes a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The app and the website are both free, but they extend a premium service that offers more features like offline learning.
There’s still half a year left until the end of 2019 – time to make the fullest use of it!