Yes, we get it. These days anyone who approaches with a clipboard in hand and a form to sign will probably get your guard up. Some of these promised discounts in some form of loyalty programme in exchange for your particulars and enrolment may sound too good to be true.
But the fact is there are indeed some sweet deals to be gotten out of membership cards or for the digital-savvy millennial, loyalty and reward apps. Take your pick among these loyalty programmes that are among the best answers to a cheaper lifestyle:
1. The Entertainer app
As the presence of digital wallets increase, no one wants to run the risk of stuffing their wallet with useless cards that barely answer to their lifestyle. Enter The Entertainer, a mobile app that offers an abundance of Buy One Get One Free deals for dining, drinking, fitness activities, travel and more!
With over 1,200 offers and new merchants added to its list each month, the app estimates that you can save up to $645 on average a year – quite a staggering amount if your social life often racks up your outgoing expenditure.
You can try out one offer for free upon download but can unlock more offers after purchasing a digital product on the app, in this case being the Singapore 2017 range of deals.
While you may balk at the $125 price, you will already be covering the cost of that with what you save after your first or second deal. For example, dining offers at popular spots like Open Farm Community or Jamie’s Italian can save you an estimated $81. Another hot deal is dining at Bedrock Bar & Grill, where you can save up to $240 with the app offer in your hand.
2. JFH Family Card
Can’t get enough of Instagramming new dishes? With the JFH Family Card, you can get 10% off the total bill at more than 45 restaurants under the Japan Food Holdings brand.
Celebrate the end of Monday blues too with 50% off selected items at various restaurants. Privileges extend to visitations to ramen restaurants like Ajisen Ramen, Keika Ramen, Menya Musashi and restaurants that specialize in Japanese fare such as Kazokutei, Osaka Ohsho, Yonehachi, Fruit Paradise and those at Japanese Gourmet Town.
These dining options are made so much more affordable with just a $15 annual membership payment.
3. Paradise Gourmet Rewards
For a multitude of dining experiences and menus, there’s also Paradise Group with its portfolio of more than 10 restaurants with different concepts.
With a sign-up fee of $30, the Paradise Gourmet Rewards loyalty programme allows you to earn 10% rebate on your bill at any Paradise Group restaurant here, with the exception of LeNu outlets.
You can redeem the rebate that comes in the form of Paradise Dollars or P$ on your next visit. The rebate you earn doubles when you visit during your birthday month, so cheers to many more birthday lunches or dinners!
4. The Projector’s 10 Tickets Gift Pack
Want to be a millennial in the know and impress your Tinder dates? You can catch critically acclaimed films you won’t see in commercial cinema chains at indie arthouse cinema, The Projector, without busting your entertainment budget.
Their 10 Tickets Gift Pack for $105 will save you $3 per ticket (U.P $13.50), which will amount to a total of $30 in savings and give you a whole lot of cred.
5. Singapore International Festival of Arts’ (SIFA) O.P.E.N Pass
Millennials value experiences more than physical possessions and there are few other programmes in town that will promise a whole world of experiences and stimulation than SIFA’s public engagement initiative, O.P.E.N.
Events include O.P.E.N Kitchens where audience members get to cook with their hosts and films, lecture-performances by artists and screenings of films that you will only be able to catch on the festival circuit.
A $45 O.P.E.N pass gets you registration and access to up to six films and one O.P.E.N Kitchens sessions, where you would otherwise pay $10 for a single entry ticket to a show.
6. The BooksActually Box
So maybe your preferred visuals are text rather than images and hopefully, the more obscure the text is the better, especially if you’re a hip millennial. It might then be worth subscribing to curated subscription boxes by independent local bookseller, BooksActually.
Select a curator whose reading profile you like and a book handpicked by your chosen curator along with a cool surprise gift will be sent to you within five days. If you already possess the book, BooksActually will even arrange for a replacement book to be delivered to you. Subscription packages are available in three, six and twelve month durations and starting at $129.
7. Cash Studio
Late-night entertainment is always on the cards for any young adult with a social life. One absolutely essential card that many millennials possess for that purpose is the stamp card doled out to customers by popular karaoke joint, Cash Studios. Get stamps with each visit and redeem a free karaoke session that could be worth more than $20 after you’re done filling in all the empty spaces on the card!
8. Party World KTV VIP Card
Another useful card to have around is the Party World KTV VIP Card with its 10% discount for members. A lifetime membership for just $10 ensures you can always have a place to croon and pretend like you’re a star on stage.
Retail & Beauty
9. Friends of Naiise
Heritage-themed souvenirs like tutu kueh cushions, cute stationery for the journal-toting and washi tape-loving folk, locally designed prints for the artsy – any of these make great gifts for the younger crowd and a good reason why lifestyle and online retail store, Naiise, is so popular with the young crowd.
Business has been so brisk that online shoppers have now the opportunity to do some brick-and-mortar shopping at their physical retail store. Get some birthday presents for your friends and you’ll be able to earn a lifetime membership with $50 worth of purchases in a single receipt.
Each dollar spent henceforth earns you 1 point and points can be redeemed for vouchers that can save you money on your next purchase.
But more than that, a Naiise membership card can score you 10 to 15% off purchases at other brands, such as a discounts on a haircut at Blow+Bar salon and meals at several cafés like Dean & DeLuca.
10. Juup Socialites
The perks of paying a one-time fee of $38 and being a lifetime Juup Nails member or ‘socialite’ as they call it include 10% off all ala carte services and products – and get this -, complimentary and unlimited usage of CHANEL colours.
11. Chez Vous’ Amplify My Perks Membership
Offering one of the bigger discounts out there, Chez Vous Hair salon extends 30% discounts off all hair services to their members on their birthday month. It’s also recommended to bring a friend on other months to enjoy 20% off, although you will still get 10% discount if you go by yourself.
Best of all, membership pays off in savings – the $50 you pay for lifetime membership gets you an equal amount in a credit voucher you can use on your next hair care session.
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