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The best places to shop on a budget in Singapore

Want to shop but don't want to splash too much cash? These budget shopping haunts and thrift shops are where you should go

Delfina Utomo
Written by
Michelle Ng
&
Delfina Utomo
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Shopping in Singapore doesn't necessarily have to be an expensive affair. There are plenty of cool indie boutiques to check out if you're looking to pick up some cute trinkets and random knick-knacks and a number of second-hand vintage stores to pick up some preloved goodies. But if you pride yourself as a real bargain hunter on the prowl for anything cheap, check out these budget shopping haunts that'll satisfy even the pickiest shopper.

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Stores

Don Don Donki
  • Shopping
  • Lifestyle
  • Orchard

As of now, there are three major Don Don Donki outlets in Singapore and there's a reason why it's expanding so quickly in a short time. The Japanese discount store is hugely popular for many reasons – the catchy jingle, a huge snack section, the bargain corner with prices starting from $1 and most of all, the selection of ready-to-eat meals that is affordable and actually quite delicious. 

Daiso
  • Shopping
  • City Hall

It's hard to walk into a Daiso store and leave empty-handed. After all, everything – absolutely everything – is $2. There are snacks, drinks, condiments, crockery, pet accessories, storage boxes, notebooks, craft stuff and even make-up. 

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  • Shopping
  • Home decor
  • River Valley

Borrowing from the Danish concept of 'hygge' which encompasses all things cosy and content, Hooga's products aim to bring this warmth into your homes. Find all you need to make your personal space more meaningful and intimate. Shop fuzzy throw blankets, scented candles, pastel-coloured dinner sets, fairy lights, bed linen and more at the new outlet in Great World City. 

IKEA
  • Shopping
  • Bukit Merah

Shopping at IKEA is a guilty pleasure most of us won’t normally ’fess up to. The affordable prices mean that you can get new sheets with fun prints every month, purchase floral cushion covers to spruce up the couch, add on to your mug collection and stock up on colourful stationery and desk accessories. Also, who doesn't like stopping for a bowl of meatballs after shopping? IKEA also has another outlet at Tampines North.

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  • Shopping
  • Lifestyle
  • City Hall

Founded in China, this popular variety store offers a wide range of products across many categories including electronics, lifestyle, stationery, fashion, homeware, toys, makeup and more. On top of the affordable prices, Miniso's products are also well-designed and often come in pretty pastel colours – from portable lightweight fans to its own range of handbags.                                                      

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Kallang

A Singapore institution, Mustafa is open round the clock, offering 75,000sq ft of bargains, not to 
mention a hotel, café and supermarket. It’s a treasure trove of discount shopping, carrying everything from skincare and electronics to sportswear and luggage. Stock up on groceries at the supermarket on the top floor where you can get fresh produce, frozen food and vegetarian products for less.

 

Malls

IMM
  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Jurong East

Not keen to pay full price for sporting gear or designer threads? No problem, there are plenty of deals to be scored at IMM, Singapore’s largest outlet mall, where over 90 brands such as Adidas, Club 21 and Charles & Keith park their past season collections. Prices are slashed up to 80 percent discount all year round so you are guaranteed a good deal.

  • Shopping
  • Queenstown

The two-storey Anchorpoint Shopping Centre is a haven for shoppers looking for a good bargain. It houses popular brands like Cotton On, Charles and Keith and Pedro – this mall is one to hit if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of shoes. Done with shopping? Continue the retail therapy across the road at IKEA, or hop over to Queensway Shopping Centre for all your sporting good needs.

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Far East Plaza
  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Orchard

When it comes to street fashion, this grubby five-level mall just off Orchard Road is the spot, offering everything from common Korean, China and Thailand imports to cool stores like Klone that upcycle old textiles into bags. Besides shopping, you can also chow down cheap but delicious food, get kitschy trinkets and even get tattooed and pierced in one of its many tattoo parlours.

Lucky Plaza
  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Orchard

On the glitzy Orchard Road shopping belt lies this iconic shopping centre which you can count on for cheap goods and, dare we say it, knock-offs. There are a ton of travel agencies, cheap food outlets, money exchange counters and small shops hawking a large variety of affordable items ranging from daily necessities to inexpensive clothes, shoes and bags. Every Sunday, head up to the 6th floor and pick up some pre-loved goods at its weekly flea market. 

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City Plaza
  • Shopping
  • Geylang

Situated on the shopping stretch at Geylang Serai, this shopping mall is a bargain hunter's haven for pre-loved fashion. Check out hidden gems in the mall like Whitefiction, Refash and PEONY Collection for pre-loved clothing and fashion finds for $10 or less. 

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