The Savvy Consumer
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16 episodes
Hey everyone, my name is Marcus, and welcome to The Savvy Consumer podcast. In this podcast, we discuss the psychology and human behaviour behind consumption, and how we can utilize this knowledge to become a more savvy consumer. We also talk about related topics such as optimizing personal finances, staying productive, and buying and selling preloved items.


When Free Stuff Isn't Really Free... Plus How "Lockdown" is a Dirty Word in Singapore, How We Love Prism-Shaped Chicken Cushions, and Why We Trust Strangers But Not Family and Friends
2020 Oct 151h 2m 37s
While free stuff is generally a welcome sight, not all free stuff is always good. In this episode, Jon shares his love for all stuff free while I take on a different approach. We also talk about the "Circuit Breaker" in Singapore (15:10), chicken cushions in the shape of a prism and cuboid (21:00) (60:02) and why we trust strangers but not family and friends (37:20).
Subscriptions and How to Manage Them... Plus Blowouts in the World of Sports, Pirates in the Land of Singapore, and How we are Impressed with Da Vinci and Black Magic
2020 Oct 091h 42s
Many companies are moving to a subscription model for their products, because if nothing, subscriptions often make them more money. Knowing this, what should our response be as savvy consumers? Jon and I also explore an alternative career in sports podcasting for all of one minute (12:15), talk about non-sea pirates in Singapore (29:40), and software with really good names (51:10).
How Not to Get Scammed When Shopping Online... Plus How All Salesmen Are or Aren't Dishonest, the Podcast is Well-Named, and Why We Have a Beef With the Word "Premium"
2020 Sep 301h 7m 45s
A recent article on the local newspaper The Straits Times surveyed respondents on unfair practices they had encountered while shopping online, with 18-37% indicating they had encountered each of the ten listed practices. In this episode, Jon and I discuss whether these practices should be considered unfair and how we can outwit sellers using these practices via a buyer-seller tic-tac-toe analogy.
Do We Consume Social Media, or Does Social Media Consume Us? Plus Getting Kicked out of Maplestory, Sending Your Children to Bootcamps, and Calling the Police on Your Neighbours
2020 Sep 231h 6m 5s
Today's episode is motivated by The Social Dilemma - a netflix documentary that aims to inform the general public of the dangers of social media consumption. We touch on both sides of the social media coin, and share our experiences of healthy relationships with social media and how we can reduce our consumption of it should we choose to. Also, tl;dr "It's your life, do whatever you want. But if it's not good for you, try not to do so much of it." - Jon, 2020
The Savvy Consumer Podcast Trailer Part 1 - Topics, Formats, and Tangents
2020 Sep 162m 10s
In this trailer, we elaborate on the purpose of the podcast, recurring themes, podcast formats, and provide some disclaimers.
Why Less is More and More is More - Minimalism and Maximalism Explained... Plus Why We Disagree with Ourselves, and Debunking the Myth that Singaporeans Don't Wear Pants in Their Own Homes
2020 Sep 1152m 35s
Minimalism, where less is more, is a growing trend these days. There is also an antonym - maximalism, which is lesser known... Does that mean it has less value? In this episode, we discuss the arguments for and against both minimalism and maximalism, what the middle ground looks like, and become official hypocrites when we each disagree with ourselves, although we did preface the disagreements with the argument that our preferences for more or less can be domain-specific. Also, please wear pants in your own homes when other people can see you.
Three Things to Break the Bank for, and Three Things to Cheap Out On... Plus Kitchens That are Always Wet, Pieces of Wood That You Hit, and Why Poor People Look Rich
2020 Sep 021h 7m 53s
People usually look at spending as a whole, and may feel indifferent to spending a certain amount of money on various categories of items - however, we make the case that some categories of things are worth spending more on, while others are worth spending less on. We also teach you about Singaporean coffee and tea, despite declaring later on in the episode that we would apparently be fine giving up either of these beverages.
How to Spend Your Lottery Winnings... IF YOU WIN ONE! Plus How Life is a Linear Progression, Ragged-Looking Uncles are actually Rich, and Buying Pokemon Cards is a Vice
2020 Aug 2650m 26s
Winning the lottery is apparently a Singapore dream because it enables us to afford things and live comfortably, although most people would have thought of it at some point in their lives. Now that I've gotten you to think about it, we explore how you should spend your lottery winnings if (or when, BELIEVE) you ever win one, who you should tell, and discuss how we would change up our lifestyles if money ceased to be a concern.
Three Pros and Cons of Buying Secondhand Stuff Part 1 - How to be Cheap, Sustainable, and Ignore the Haters
2020 Aug 1814m 37s
Buying secondhand stuff has its pros and cons, although some of them may not be as straightforward as you think... Sometimes the people are the problem rather than the items! In this episode, we provide three pros and cons of buying secondhand stuff to help the listener make a more informed decision on whether to buy secondhand stuff or not.
Why You Should Eat Before Going Out for a Meal and Brush Your Teeth in the Shower... Plus Other Weird Tips to Save Money
2020 Aug 1258m 46s
There are normal ways to save money, and there are weird ways to save money. In this episode, Jon and I explain why we (or he) drink before going to clubs, give credit cards to our friends and sleep without bolsters.