If you caught the broadcast of Budget 2015 on TV, you might have been reminded of your own budget (which might have shrinked significantly post-CNY).
From doing charity work to receiving cash rebates when you spend, get more bang for your buck with these online shopping sites.
Shopback is what you'd get if the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) was held all year round. It offers cash back on top of the rad discounts offered by participating shopping sites, and if you think they only have fashion sites on board, think again: Available categories range from food and drink to travel.
Some of the deals available include a five per cent cash rebate on New Balance sneakers, and a 9 per cent cash back on travel deals. This is in addition to the discounts given out at the NATAS Travel Fair.
Pomelo is known for being at the forefront of Asian fashion. Its name is derived from the company's Southeast Asian heritage. They're based in Bangkok and Singapore is one of its key markets.
"Plus it's a fruit that's always in season, fresh, sweet, and sour (sour = double meaning in Thai to mean sassy) - all things that kind of describe us. And we love the sound of the name of course!" says Pomelo's style editor Tara.
Having appeared on fashion magazines like Cleo, Marie Claire, and HerWorld soon after its launch in 2014, Pomelo has shown that it is the online shopping site for any girl who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Their pieces are all designed in Korea, and are updated twice each week with a year-round return service.
For those who have not heard of Luxola, it's a hotspot for online purchases of beauty products for both men and women. Founded by Alexis Horowitz-Burdick in 2011, it has since grown into Southeast Asia's leading online beauty store.
One of our favourite features on the website is its Editor's Picks tab, which introduces brands and products to first-time customers. It's a nice touch - one which is unfortunately seldom found on online shopping portals.
Luxola also offers a cash-on-delivery option, which is great news for shoppers who want the extra security of being able to pay only upon receiving their goods.
4. Smooch the Label
If you're looking for ethereal pieces that can be worn for any occasion, look no further than Smooch the Label. Its founder, Sarah, started the business in 2010, and handpicks pieces to be manufactured.
Each one is designed with her own flair, and design inspirations can be found on their blog, which is maintained by Sarah and her team.
With over 8000 followers on Instagram and 14,000 'likes' on Facebook, this brand is definitely one to look out for.
We previously gushed about Megafash in an earlier post, and since then, the brand has expanded to include more participating brands, transforming itself into an online conglomerate of shopping outlets.
It aims to connect independent brands and creative projects on the platform, so that they'll be easily accessible to an international audience.