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.

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Text: Clara Lim

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