Personal Finance

Newbie’s Guide To Mobile Wallets In Singapore

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Much like you, I constantly find myself in a sea of recommended YouTube videos. The other day, I chanced upon a GQ video, which highlighted an athlete’s collection of items that he cannot live without. He said that he cannot live without his phone. You see, his phone has a card casing. This phone casing stores his credit card and house keys. Gone are the days when you need to carry large wallets to stash all your valuables!

These days, everything you need can fit inside your pocket. Your mobile phone is a powerful device that can scan documents, track calories, book rides, and snap selfies. All you need to do is to instruct it. You may also download a mobile wallet.

When it comes to handling money matters, you can maximize your gadget by downloading a mobile payment app or a mobile wallet. Singapore’s unified QR code can accept payments from 27 digital methods such as GrabPay, AliPay, FavePay, Nets, PayLah! and Dash.

WHAT IS A MOBILE WALLET?

A mobile wallet is a virtual wallet that keeps payment information on your mobile device. It is a convenient and a cashless way to pay your bills. Whether you are paying for your lunch or splitting the bill with a friend, you can use your mobile wallet in Singapore and abroad. For instance, you may use UOB Mighty in Malaysia and Thailand. While, Alipay and WeChat Pay can be used globally.

WHERE CAN YOU USE THE MOBILE WALLETS?

#1: TO TRANSFER FUNDS INSTANTLY

Say that you went out for a quick grocery run with your friend. To split the bill, you may transfer money to his or her mobile number or NRIC/FIN that has been registered for DBS’ PayNow digital bank. You do not have to worry about getting the bank accounts right away!

#2: TO GIFT MONEY TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Did you just attend a virtual wedding thru Zoom? If you cannot figure out what to get for the couple, you can consider gifting a virtual red packet. Send money through your mobile wallet and the receipient will receive it immediately. It makes for an eco-friendly and a practical gift!

#3: TO RECEIVE CASHBACK AND REWARDS

If you frequently use your mobile wallet for purchasing your airline tickets or for cafe-hopping, you will most likely receive reward points or cashback benefits. You can save quite a lot of money by using the right mobile wallet.

#4: TO GET YOUR CRAVINGS SATISFIED

It is lunchtime and you have not cooked anything yet. Fortunately, there are several food apps that can deliver right in your doorstep. You do not have to endure long lines and to risk your health by going outside. Collect your food through the GrabFood app and pay it through GrabPay. GrabPay is rapidly adding and growing its network of partner merchants, as well as adding services like GrabFood and GrabDelivery.

#5: TO INSURE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Whether you are going of on a quick weekend retreat or a big adventure, buying travel insurance to cover unforeseen events can save you. You can purchase a travel insurance plan through the DBS PayLah! app just before your departure. It only takes a few minutes to complete.

#6: TO PAY BILLS

Several banking mobile payment apps allow you to pay your bills on time. Use your mobile wallet app to settle your phone bills, fitness club membership fees, insurance premiums, and more. You can do all these while you are outside or while you are inside your home.

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Having a mobile wallet is necessary and helpful given the current situation. Simply ensure that you secure all your details before you use it. Stay safe!

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