The cost of living in Singapore is high—our little red dot is the most expensive country to live in—and sometimes, you might think, “Why am I paying so much for (insert product name here)?” Sure, there’s taxes and tariffs, but are we really paying a fair amount?
Recently, some genius on r/Singapore posted a chilling question: “What are Singaporeans paying way too much for?” and the answers have been absolutely fascinating.
The Reddit thread was full of the usual gripes, of course – like cars, houses, minister salaries – but what I found really interesting were the everyday things that are more expensive in Singapore than they are in other (perceived) expensive, first world countries.
Most gave examples from their own experiences living abroad, so naturally I had to stop what I was doing to fact-check them all. Scroll through the gallery to find out.
While I didn’t find a huge difference in the prices of diapers in Singapore vs other countries, the real killer is infant formula, which is insanely expensive here.
It’s typical to pay >$50 for a tin here (samples: $52.60 for 800g Nestle Nan Optipro, $55 for 900g Aptamil), whereas the exact product would cost only A$22 ($21.01, Nestle Nan Optipro) or A$24.80 ($23.68, Aptamil) in Australia. If wet nurses ever made a comeback, it’d be in Singapore.
World Cup subscription
Did you know that Singapore is one of the few countries where you actually have to pay to watch the FIFA World Cup? I didn’t… The only other first world country with a paid subscription is Hong Kong, where the early bird subscription rate of HK$280 ($48.88) is nearly half that of Singapore’s $94.16.
Some Redditors did mention that productions like these involve a lot of performers and staff, many of whom are flown in to Singapore and need to be housed and fed, so the cost may be justified.
I remember feeling pretty smug that I found a bunch of “cheap” gyms in Singapore charging “only” $80 to $100/month. Imagine my dismay when I realised that the market rate in a city like London is less than £20/month ($34.66).
Text: Clara Lim
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