How To Save Money When You’re Single

Managing your finances as a single man or woman has both its advantages and disadvantages. As such, you have the freedom to choose how you intend to save or spend. On the other hand, married individuals have the safety net of a second income.

The benefit of managing your money when you are single is freedom. There is no one else to check in if you want to spend your Christmas bonus on a trip to Europe. Complete freedom cannot happen when you are married. Living off peanut butter and bread may sound reasonable to you, but your spouse and children may disagree.

When it comes to the disadvantage, you do not have a partner to offer accountability. Moreover, you do not have a safety net of second income should an emergency such as job loss occur. You need to figure out how to pay for food, loan payments, rent, and other expenses alone.

Hence, you must start managing your money by creating a budget.


Control your finances by creating a budget. You can try the 50/30/20 method. With this strategy, you allocate 50% of your income for fixed costs, 20% for savings and debt repayment, and the remaining 30% for your non-essentials. Adjust these percentages when necessary.


We all need help. If you are single and you are having trouble with staying within your budget, you can find an accountability partner. Here is a helpful phrase: “It is not in the budget!”


You may be tempted to simply order takeout or eat at restaurants, but this strategy can easily get expensive in the long run. Cooking your own meals can save you a lot of cash. Search online for budget-friendly recipes for one person.


Set specific, measurable, time-sensitive, and attainable financial goals. Put them into writing. It will be easier to stay motivated when you can read these goals on a daily basis. For instance, you can create a list of goals and stick it to your fridge or make a desktop wallpaper out of it.

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4 Tips You Need To Know Before Buying A Home As A Single Singaporean

According to the latest Population Trends report, single-hood rates are highest among lower-educated Singaporean men in their 30s and 40s and among higher educated women. It is clearly observable that the number of unmarried Singaporeans have been growing over the years but that does not stop one to contemplate about purchasing his or her own flat.

With the hefty housing prices in the market today, can an individual with an average income really afford a huge investment single-handedly?

To tell you honestly, the answer is YES!

It is possible, but you have to consider these few things:


In 2013, the government introduced a scheme that allows first-timer singles aged 35 and above earning up to S$5,000 a month to purchase a 2-room flats in “non-mature” estates. At that year, HDB launched 3,861 flats for sale in Sengkang, Bukit Merah, and Yishun under the Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise.

This relatively new scheme is called Single Singaporean Citizen (SSC). As you are aware of, before SSC, singles could only buy either private properties or resale HDB flats which can be costly! Thus, this will give a great opportunity for all the singles out there that are planning to become home owners despite of their average incomes.

Say you are an unwed Singaporean who just turned 35 a few months ago and you draw an average of S$3,000 a month, you can be entitled to receive the Special CPF Housing Grant (SHG) worth S$10,000. However, the eligibility of SHG is only given to first-timer citizen who is applying for a 2-room flat in non-mature estates. Furthermore, his or her average gross monthly income must not exceed S$3,250.

By knowing the available scheme and grant, one can safely conclude that owning a 2-room flat in Singapore is possible without the need to fork out loads of cash upfront.


Since purchasing a house is probably the biggest financial commitment you have at this point, it must be planned carefully. Before you start looking for a flat in the non-mature estates, know what you can afford as well as what you need to pay for first. Even if you are purchasing a new private property, you will need to reserve extra money to cover repair, taxes, and maintenance. Affordability is certainly a huge issue!


There is a huge sense of comfort and independence in owning your own home wherein you make your own decisions as days go by. Along with that comes the responsibility to take care of yourself. It is important that you have sufficient insurance to cover your health and your life.

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As I said before, buying a home is a huge commitment to make. This is why you must take your time and do your research with the available resources you have. Aside from this, it is always a good idea to talk to real estate agents or to consult a financial adviser beforehand.

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