Raising a kid in Singapore is expensive. Raising three can drive one to bankruptcy.

When we had Kyan as the only child, we were pretty casual on the stuff we buy for him. Things are usually first hand and we get what we think is the best for him.

The situation more or less remains the same when Kylie came along. With exception to Kyan’s pyjamas, none of the other stuff can be handed down.

But with Kingsley’s arrival, our dollar is stretched.

Although many kinds of stuff can be handed down from Kyan and their best “toys” now are each other (Awwww), there are still things we still need to buy.

Here’s a list of stuff we have overpaid and what we learned to do instead:

1. Clothes

Kids outgrow their clothes fast. When we became parents for the first time, we splurge on first-hand designer clothes straight from the boutique. The last I check, it didn’t make them any cuter or more intelligent.

It did however made us poorer and some were not even worn before it became too small.

What we do now:

If we still have to buy designer stuff for them, we will get them via spree sites instead.

For the same item, you can get between 20% to a whopping 50% discount.

2. Toys

Too many toys

Too many toys under Kyan’s bedWhen we first became parents, somehow we deduce the amount of love for our children equates to the number of toys we give to them.

It was rather delusional of us to think that this is what they need most when all they want are our time and attention.

What we do now:

Toys are not getting replenished as they wear and tear but we still need to buy sporting stuff for them to sharpen their agility and motor skills, e.g. football boots, skate-scooter, bicycle, etc.

And whether these items come in a box or not isn’t important.

Carousel is a good place to source for such good bargains.

3. Enrichment Classes

Swimming Enrichment Package Swimming Enrichment PackageWe all wants to pave a smooth path for our kids, putting them through endless lessons and classes. In our eagerness not to lose a precious second, we gamely sign up for large packages. The discount given to us makes it worth while right?


Kids have an erratic attention span. You can’t control what they like and when they like.

In the end, only 2 out of 8 lessons were attended.

What we do now:

We still need to expose them to different things to find out what interests them.

But we make sure we get them off Groupon. It’s like going for trial lessons and they are usually 70% off rack rates.

4. Pediatrician package

Kylie fever Kylie fever

Besides insuring our previous ones more than we would on ourselves, we also bought very expensive paediatrician packages just in case. Surely a more expensive jab would make a world of difference, no?

What we do now:

We only make a phone appointment with the nearest polyclinics and get a FREE jab.

5. Diapers

Too many diapers Did someone say sales?

As one of the leading perishables, this is a killer when you count how much is spent from day one up to the point they are officially potty trained.

We used to buy casually off the racks from supermarkets or at most from baby expo which we thought are already offering very good discounts.

What we do now:

If you think baby expo is the cheapest, may I present to you Mustafa shopping centers.

This epicenter of everything you can possibly think off sells the cheapest diapers we ever come across.

A pack of PAMPERS would cost at least $20+ at the supermarket. We got it for $7!!!

6. Milk powder


My wife is pretty paranoid when it comes to milk powder, especially with all those tainted milk scandals coming out from China.

She insist on feeding our kids with Similac. A 1.8kg Similac Stage 2 cost $102 on RedMart and it barely lasts us a month. That’s $1,224 over a year, the same amount for a Bangkok trip for the whole family with shopping money inclusive.

P/S: Of cos breastfeeding is the safest and cheapest option, and I thank her for exclusively breastfeeding our kids for 1 year!

What we do now:

Two words. Johor Bahru.

The same can costs around RM129. At an exchange rate of 2.7, you are looking at $47 per can. For every can I buy in Singapore, I could buy close to 3 cans in Malaysia.

There you have it. 6 ways we wasted money on our kids.