10 Things Budget Singaporeans Are Buying in Johor Bahru

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10 Things Budget Singaporeans Are Buying in Johor Bahru

Are you making full use of the fact that we are just one to two hours away from Johor Bahru (JB), where our spending power increases by up to three times?

From food and necessities to beauty and entertainment, you can find it cheaper in JB. If you can fork out some time to travel there, why not get more for less?

Money not enough? Check out these products and services that are cheaper in Johor Bahru

1. Groceries

I have seen Singaporeans buying anything from milk powder to vegetables from our neighbour. While not all products are cheaper, you would likely enjoy 20% – 30% of savings in general.

2. Confectionery

Pastry - Lavender bakery

Frequent JB goers would be familiar with the Lavender bakery. While queuing to go back to Singapore at the customs, it is not uncommon to see Singaporeans bringing back big bags of cheap yet delicious breads and pastries from there.

Is Christmas or Chinese New Year just around the corner? Festive goodies from famous local brands in JB that are oh-so-good cost about 50% less than those sold in Singapore!

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3. Beauty products

The Smart Local has covered 22 beauty products at Sephora and drug stores in JB that cost up to 73% cheaper than in Singapore last year. Need we say more? If you are a Sephora or drug store cosmetics fan, time to head to JB to get more bang out of your buck.

4. Contact lenses

For those of us who wear disposable dailies, they cost us about S$2.50 to S$3 every day – almost S$100 a month! To save 20%-30%, get your stock replenished from JB! Be sure to call or email them to prepare your order as some shops might not have your prescription in stock.

5. Cafes

Cafes in Johor Bahru

Brunch at a hipster cafe in Singapore will set you back maybe S$30 to S$40. In JB? Maybe S$15 to S$20. Yes, including drinks or dessert!

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6. Movies

Movies in Singapore are expensive. You will easily find many Singaporeans heading to City Square to watch the latest movies at around half the price of Singapore’s.

7. Haircuts and treatments

While salons in JB are generally not as fancy as what you can find in Singapore, it doesn’t mean their services are inferior. A haircut, dye job, and perm only cost S$100 to S$200 and if you do your research and find a reputable salon, you will find yourself going back again and again for better value.

8. Nails

In Singapore, getting a gel manicure and pedicure would cost anywhere around S$100 to S$200 while in JB they only cost around S$60 to S$70.

9. Massage

massage parlours in Johor Bahru

Can’t keep flying to Bangkok for your regular massages? Head to JB instead! Some parlours even offer free pick up and drop off from City Square! A 60-minute massage from a popular parlour can cost as little as S$20.

10. Dental treatments

A dental crown costs around S$200+ in JB compared to S$400 to S$2,000+ in Singapore. Dental scaling is about S$40 to S$80 while in Singapore it starts from around S$70. Do your research and read reviews before heading down.

Related: Average Cost of Dental Procedures in Singapore 


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