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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

By Michelle Ng and Delfina Utomo |
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Don Don Donki
Photo by Jackie Tan

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. Keep your big notes, you won't be needing it. 

RECOMMENDED: 6 second-hand bookstores to check out and the best vintage stores in Singapore

Shopping, Lifestyle

Don Don Donki

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. 

 

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Daiso

City Hall

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

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miniso
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Miniso

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.                                                      

Mustafa Centre
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Mustafa Centre

Kallang

A Singapore institution, Mustafa is open round the clock, offering heaps of bargains and random finds. Think: a London souvenir corner, jazz and hip hop vinyl, a while aisle of Himalayan pink salt and even durian tea. It’s a treasure trove of discount shopping, carrying everything from skincare and electronics to sportswear and luggage. Sumptuous sari fabrics and electronic appliances can be found in the basement, beauty products and also gold can be found at the ground level, and the chaotic supermarket occupies top floors of the busy department store. 

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Salvation Army

Bukit Batok

As the biggest thrift store in Singapore, Praisehaven is stocked to the brim with second-hand furniture, clothes, books, household accessories and more – you can find practically everything in this store including scooters and full sets of furniture. It'll take some time to sieve through all the offerings but trust us, when you do find something good, it's really good. 

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New2U

Rochor

New2U is stocked with clothing, accessories, household items and books, among other items, that have been lovingly donated and now go for as low as $1. Pro tip: visit on the last 2 working days of every month – all items will be sold for a 50% discount.

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Bugis Street

Raffles Place

Just a stone's throw away from Bugis station lies a bargain shopper's heaven. Bugis Street is the closest you'll get to a street market in Singapore – the first floor is non-airconditioned but we suggest heading straight up to the second air-conditioned floor to shop. The most popular thing to do there, however, is to get your nails done in one of the many nail salons in the 'beauty aisle' – trust us, you'll know when you get there. 

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IMM

Jurong East

Not keen to pay full price for sporting gear or designer treads? 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% discount all year round so you are guaranteed a good deal.

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Far East Plaza

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 rare hype items up for rsale (and resale) such as $2,000 sneakers. Basically, the more decrepit the shop, the cooler it is. Here, 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.

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City Plaza

Geylang

Situated on the shopping stretch at Geylang Serai, this shopping mall is a bargain hunter's haven for preloved fashion. Check out Whitefiction, Refash and PEONY Collection for preloved clothing and fashion finds for $10 or less. Make a pit stop at Arnold's Fried Chicken for spicy, golden-brown crispy chicken, before continuing your search for your next #OOTD. Check out our roundup of the best shops in City Plaza.  

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