Thinking about what to buy from the supermarket with your S$100 grocery vouchers? Here are some products we think are totally worth it.
During the 2020 Budget, a Care and Support Package was introduced to help lower-income families tide over this COVID-19 period.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Finance on 27 September 2021, all Singaporeans aged 21 and above this year who live in one- and two-room HDB flats and do not own more than one property are eligible for the vouchers.
160,000 eligible Singaporeans to receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers
As part of the Government’s efforts to cushion some financial burden, over 160,000 eligible Singaporeans will receive a S$100 grocery voucher in batches this month.
Last year, eligible recipients received S$300 worth of vouchers in October and December. Next month’s S$100 grocery voucher distribution will be the third batch. These grocery vouchers can be used at supermarkets island-wide, including Giant, FairPrice, Prime Supermarket and Sheng Siong.
To avoid voucher theft, these vouchers will be delivered straight to identified households on Saturdays starting from 2 October 2021.
What if I’m not at ahome during the delivery period?
If there is no one at home to receive the vouchers on the first delivery, there will be a second delivery attempt between the following Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
If you happen to miss out on the second delivery, the courier will leave a Delivery Notification Card at your doorstep with instructions for recipients to collect their Grocery Vouchers at a specified post office within 10 working days.
Delivery dates of S$100 grocery vouchers by postal code
|First delivery||Second delivery||Postal code||Area|
|2 October 2021||A day between 4 Oct and 8 Oct 2021||01XXXX – 31XXXX||Chinatown, Queenstown, Bukit Merah, Tiong Bahru, Telok Blangah, Pasir Panjang, Clementi, Beach Road, Little India, Ghim Moh, Holland, Toa Payoh|
|9 October 2021||A day between 11 Oct and 15 Oct 2021||32XXXX – 53XXXX||Whampoa, Bendemeer, Macpherson, Geylang, Eunos, Marine Parade, Bedok, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Hougang|
|16 October 2021||A day between 18 Oct and 22 Oct 2021||54XXXX – 69XXXX||Sengkang, Serangoon, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Upper Bukit Timah, Jurong East, Jurong West, Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang|
|23 October 2021||A day between 25 Oct and 29 Oct 2021||73XXXX – 82XXXX||Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Sengkang West (Fernvale, Jalan Kayu), Punggol|
Participating supermarkets in Singapore
As mentioned above, the S$100 grocery vouchers can be used at the following supermarkets:
- NTUC FairPrice
- Prime Supermarket
- Sheng Siong Supermarket
To encourage a healthier lifestyle, recipients can enjoy 5% discounts off all Healthier Choice Symbol products (capped at 5% of the value of vouchers used for the purchase), at NTUC FairPrice, Prime Supermarket, and Sheng Siong Supermarket.
Top items at Giant to buy with your S$100 grocery vouchers
S$100 goes a long way, and frequent shoppers at Giant would know that there is more than just food products at Giant. We personally think that Giant is one of the more versatile supermarkets in Singapore, carrying household items, children’s items, as well as sporting goods at an affordable price.
‘Three for S$2’ vegetables
It used to be Cold Storage that sold one of the most value-for-money vegetables at three for S$3 where customers can choose between a variety of veggies such as a bag of juicy tomatoes or some fresh kailan.
Giant has now upped its game by offering three types of vegetables for a low price of S$2. Take your pick between Chye Sim, Kang Kong, Sio Peck Chye, Sharp Spinach, Round Spinach and Red Spinach. The hardest thing now is choosing which vegetables get to go home with you.
Drinks, snacks and cup noodles from the S$1 aisle
Bargain hunters, listen up! Dash to the S$1 zone to find cheap, hidden treasures such as body soap, hangers, car fragrances, stationery, snacks, drinks and the most worthwhile of all — Korean instant cup noodles. Heck, they even have an entire bunch of wooden chopsticks (usually stuffed at the back of the shelves) so that you don’t need to use your own.
Yes, their quality may not be top-notch, but it’s decent for its price. Those who buy bed sheets, pillows and mattress covers would know how expensive they can be, and Giant proves that you can get these for cheap.
Their basic house-brand polyester pillows and bolsters mostly cost under S$10, while pillowcases run for only a couple of dollars. In need of some mattress? Get one for around S$10 to S$20.
My choice – PowerPac and Giant house brand electronics
You can get an array of household appliances and electronics at Giant as well, including standing fans, microwaves, kettles, toasters, sandwich makers and more (with super cute designs to boot).
We understand that some people would rather buy more expensive, brand-name electronics and appliances so as to not risk getting a short-circuit.
Well, if you’re someone who’s worried about setting your house on fire, skip this. Otherwise, get home insurance with good coverage (touch wood, but it’s good to have one anyway).
We think that these budget products are passably functional — we’ve purchased these brands for personal use before, and the products served their purpose, albeit with a shorter lifespan compared to a more expensive product.
Top items to buy at NTUC FairPrice with your S$100 grocery vouchers
There’s probably an NTUC FairPrice within walking distance of your house, and you might be familiar with what they sell.
While there is no particular item at NTUC that is substantially cheaper compared to other supermarkets, they do sometimes have wild discounts on products so you just have to keep a lookout for yourself.
Some of the notable discounts we’ve copped were one-for-one eggs and a packet of Korean corn dogs at 50% off.
Here are some other value-for-money items from NTUC FairPrice and sales that you can keep an eye out for:
Toilet paper/tissue paaper
Sometimes, NTUC FairPrice has massive offers on toilet paper, with more ‘branded’ ones such as Paseo going for S$8.95 for two packs of three-ply toilet paper (20 rolls). You can also try out their housebrand tissue paper, which costs S$3.40 for a pack of four two-ply facial tissues.
Ladies, you’ll be surprised to know that Guardian and Watsons sometimes do not have the cheapest feminine products. NTUC FairPrice sells them too, but it is only worth it if you buy them when there’s a sale.
For example, the usual price of Kotex pads (not pantyliners) is around S$5 to S$6. During a sale, it can be as cheap as S$11.90 for three packets. These sales do not come by often, but they do happen, so when you come across this promotion, our advice is to clear the entire shelf because you won’t find cheaper pads anywhere else (yes, it’s even cheaper than Venus).
Top items to buy at Prime Supermarket with your S$100 grocery vouchers
The underdog of supermarkets, Prime Supermarket actually offers pretty good and affordable in-house marinated meat (bulgogi) that you can use for your Korean street food nights at home.
Just like NTUC FairPrice, you’ll have to keep tabs on the store and take advantage of discounts.
According to my dad, who’s a fervent Prime Supermarket shopper, there’s a kind of German beer that costs only S$8.80 for six cans. As Prime Supermarket does not list all their products online, we have no choice but to head down and take a look for ourselves.
Drinks sold in bulk during Chinese New Year
During CNY, keep a lookout for canned/packet drinks that are sold by the carton at Prime Supermarket. Some drinks are substantially cheaper compared to NTUC FairPrice, but not as cheap as heading over to Chap He Diam, a warehouse located at an industrial area in Boon Lay (yikes) that sells drinks and snacks at rock-bottom prices. We’d rather buy them at Prime Supermarket, for its accessibility and then some.
Top items to buy at Sheng Siong Supermarket with your S$100 grocery vouchers
Shopping at Sheng Siong Supermarket always gives us good vibes, with the catchy ‘All For You’ jingle and the ‘bai bei, bai bei” chants we hear during The Sheng Siong Show on TV every weekend.
Oh, and who could forget that Sheng Siong rewarded their workers with up to 16 months’ bonus in 2020 when the supermarket saw their revenues surge as most people
panic bought stayed home?
Fresh fish and meat
Sheng Siong Supermarket offers one of the best deals for fresh produce, including fish and meat. As for the exact price and offerings, you’ll have to check them out yourself as these items and their prices change daily.
Happy Family Easi-Cook Instant Noodles
If you like making hotpot at home, try the Happy Family Easi-Cook Instant Noodles. Tried and tested by us, these noodles are very affordable at S$2.35 for 10 pieces, and they taste amazing even after being left in the pot for a while.
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By Kendra Tan
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