Would you buy a handbag that costs 2 months of your salary?
October 16, 2015 8:58am CST
I am deeply ashamed when I read this news. It seems that my fellow Singaporeans are really very bad at personal finance. It sure is a waste of money to pay more than a hundred dollars for a meal, and it is definitely stupid to use 2 months of salary to pay for a handbag
Despite constantly complaining about the high cost of living and acting like passive aggressive trolls whenever financial issues are discussed online, Singaporeans are often guilty of some rather baffling practices that cost them huge amounts of money, ev
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16 Oct 15
@JaneApril True, that is definitely much better than buying branded bags. I think I will donate more to hospitals that cater to the poor. There are some community hospitals and hospices here that are run as charities, and they need a lot of money to help the patients.
17 Oct 15
Perhaps in term of the currency value, more Singaporeans can afford to waste this kind of money. It probably takes a Malaysian to work for 4 months before she can fork out this kind of money. Branded goods usually sell at high price, and at a premium over the original price quoted in Euro.
16 Oct 15
I agree. I will not do that too. I think it is stupid to buy expensive bag when there are so many useful things we can do with our money. It is better to buy a house, buy insurance, buy bonds, or just keep the money in the saving account.
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No, I wouldn't. Even if I could afford to be so extravagant, I don't think I would. But then again, I probably spend more on the things I like than other people would think is reasonable. For example, I enjoy board games and will spend £40 (about 70 Singapore dollars) or more on one if I could afford to do so, while someone who's not into table top gaming might think that even half of that is too much to spend.
That is true. Sometimes we have to think about the cost per use instead of the total cost of the purchase. If I buy a pair of shoes, and wear it for 200 days a year, and that pair of shoes cost $200, then the cost per use is $1 per use. That will be rather expensive! I rather have cost per use reduce to 20 cents or less.
16 Oct 15
Over here, many people are very extreme. They buy bags that cost thousands, and they also buy bags that cost peanut. Some people go to neighboring countries just to buy cheap bags, and they do not buy just one or two, they will buy a dozen in different designs and colors.