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Tips For Single Moms  

Being a parent is the best blessing we could ever ask. It is better if we have someone to share the responsibility with but there are times that things might not work. For single parents out there, they prefer rearing their child alone rather than with someone else.

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It is there choice and we cannot do something about it but try to understand them and empower them. There are many single moms here in Singapore. There are others who already mastered the skills of being a single mom while there are others who are doing their best to keep up.

For those who are doing their best to keep up, here are some tips for you:

1. Look for role models: It is important that our kids flourish amidst the circumstance. The first thing that we can do is look for role models. We can for instance make a list of single parents that inspire us. If we see or hear many success stories of single moms, we will surely be inspired.

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2. Find a suitable work schedule: Of course, we have to get a job to sustain our children even if the father is giving. When choosing or applying for a job, we have to scrutinize the work schedule. We can also consider online jobs since we can just work at home. There’s also day care centres here in Singapore that can help us get through the day.

3. Count to ten: There are times that we might lose our cool. It is crucial that we do not lose it even in stressful situations. We have to learn to count to ten. This might seem not helpful but if we try to pause for a moment and count to ten, things will be better and lighter.

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Smart Shopping: 5 Tactics to Cut Down Your Grocery Cost

Regardless of whether you’re shopping just for yourself or for your entire family, you probably find that grocery shopping takes one of the biggest bites of your paycheck. Even worse, the dizzying selections of foods and goods on display make it even easier for you to spend more.

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If you badly need to cut back on your expenses, you’ll surely find these sneaky shopping techniques helpful.

  1. Pick In-House Brands

Some Singapore grocery shops carry more affordable alternatives to pricey brands with their own product line. These brands are usually much cheaper and carry a whole range of grocery items—from toiletries to canned goods—to choose from.

  1. Avoid Prepared Produce

While prepared salads and pre-cut fruits and veggies are convenient choices for healthy fixes, they have lesser vitamins and usually wilt faster. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead and prepare them yourself. While it requires a bit of labour, it will save you a couple of bucks in the long run.

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  1. Say No to Temptation

Got a sweet tooth? You’re better off avoiding the chocolate and candy lanes. That pack of candies may only cost $5, but imagine how much you can save if you skip buying one every time you go grocery shopping in a month. The same thing goes to whatever food weakness you have. Also, don’t enter the grocery when you’re hungry, as everything tends to look more tempting than usual when your stomach’s empty.

  1. Grow Some Produce

Grow your own fruits and vegetables at home to save more on expenses. Plant seeds or buy plant seedlings, give them TLC, and you’ll soon reap the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies without the price. For those leaving in condos, try growing a few potted herbs in the kitchen.

  1. Forget the Basket

If you’re shopping for just a few necessities, forget getting a basket or a cart. It is easier to avoid impulse buying simply because you can no longer carry more items.

Since food is a basic human necessity, it’s impossible to say that we can skip buying them like when buying a new purse or a new pair of shoe. If budget is a major concern, the most important thing to keep in mind when grocery shopping is to know your needs in order to determine which things to buy and which not to buy.

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Restaurant of the Future  

Innovations are everywhere. We will not be surprised if we hear TVs can be accessed through voice command or in this case – restaurants with flying drones to deliver orders. Here in Singapore, Timbre Group uses flying robot waiter which is another first in the world. Timbre Group has five outlets throughout Singapore.

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The restaurant chain plans on optimizing the workplace with the help of drones. What’s in it for us? Well, there are various reactions from different groups. In the perspective of the chain, they are just enhancing the workplace environment especially with the government’s tightening of labour policies. It is not a secret that the Food and Beverage sector is suffering from shortage of workers.

The drones can hold up to 2 kilos. Drones will be dispatched so waiters can engage more with the customers and promote the restaurant’s menu. The drones will not deliver the food directly to the customers because the waiter can do it to maintain that “human touch” factor. Waiters will simply get the orders in the central waiting table. Infinium_-Robotics_Timbre_Group_Drone_Delivery

In the perspective of the customers, drones are not welcome – yet. There are people who criticize and are skeptical about drones. Customers think that drones can be a distraction when talking and eating. That is understandable since it is a new sight. Other customers also think that drones are simply a nuisance in restaurants.

In the perspective of industry watchers, drones will be a familiar sight in five to ten years from now. As for the Timbre Group, they are seeking grants from the government to support their technology and make it available soon.

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