Five years ago, whenever Mrs Sandra Chan wanted to cook special Western dishes, she would have to “ford every stream” just to get the ingredients for cooking.
The recipes she searched online were largely from Western sources, using foreign ingredients that were not easily found in Singapore. Buying ingredients then meant a few trips to different places, such as speciality baking stores or other more expensive supermarkets. Many of the ingredients retailed at very high prices.
This changed when an NTUC FairPrice Finest outlet opened near her home. The store stocks a wide variety of ingredients, even foreign ones, at affordable prices.
She recalled that Buttermilk for baking (depending on the brand and type) cost more than $5 at speciality ships and high-end supermarkets. Now it is available even in regular FairPrice supermarkets for about $3.
Now, Mrs Chan goes to NTUC FairPrice Finest every Saturday to shop for groceries for the family. As an NTUC Plus! member, she maximizes her spending by using the LinkPoints she accumulated.
“I have to make sure the fridge is well-stocked, but at the same time not go over the budget. I like the LinkPoints rebates, because even if I did go overbudget, at least I earn points which lessen the bill the next time I shop at FairPrice,” said Mrs Chan.
Her NTUC Plus! membership also gives her great deals from NTUC Unity pharmacies, where she buys supplements, vitamins and medicine for her family. She goes to NTUC Unity pharmacy not only for the LinkPoints, but also because of the deals and discounts that they offer weekly. She said that she was able to save $10 on the cream that she and her husband usually use for joint pain because of the discounts. To get “more bang for her buck”, she also buys Unity’s house brand vitamins which cost less than vitamins of other brands sold over the counter. She would also maxmise her savings by shopping on Thursdays to get double the LinkPoints – an initiative that is available at every NTUC Unity pharmacy store islandwide.
“It’s great! The prices are affordable and I like how all the different NTUC outlets work together and give benefits to members. I can stretch my dollar thanks to these initiatives,” said Mrs Chan.