Chinese New Year is almost here, and it's time to stock up on the groceries and goodies. On the downside, with all those reunion dinners and ang baos, expect to get cash crunched by the end of the month.
But don't you worry, we have dug out some pretty awesome wholesale centres in Singapore which give you great value for money!
FairPrice Warehouse Club
Did you know that supermarket chain FairPrice has a members-only mega retail store? Groceries, fresh and frozen food, household essentials, they have it all!
Occasionally, there are open houses for non-members as well!
Expect big discounts of up to 20 % on bulk purchases. If you already have an NTUC card, membership is just $30 for 2 years.
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 629117
Tel: 6710 4584
Operating Hours:10 am - 9 pm (Mon - Fri), 9 am - 9:30 pm (Sat - Sun)
Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre
This is a HUGE 35-year-old complex with loads of stalls, shops and offices. It is Singapore's main wholesale market and distribution point for imported fruits and vegetables. Expect the freshest of groceries here!
Address: 1 Wholesale Centre, located off West Coast Highway, opposite Haw Par Villa
Operating hours: Open 24 hours, most crowded from midnight to 6 am
Victoria Wholesale Centre
This centre specialises in Chinese New Year delicacies, especially dried food products, such as fish maw, almonds, wolfberries and dried scallops.
Some shops also sell basic essentials such as onions and garlic, while others sell plastic containers and plastic bags.
Go early for great prices. Prices may fluctuate closer to Chinese New Year.
Address: 101 Kallang Avenue Singapore 339508
Tel: 6291 2349
Operating Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, closed on Sundays.
Go nuts at Tai Sun, which offers some great deals on your nutty favourites like peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds etc.
Also, they open their factory outlet to the public one month before CNY and Hari Raya!
Address: 255 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128433
Tel No: 6779 6611
Operating Hours: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Bengawan Solo Factory Outlet
Who wouldn't want to sample Bengawan Solo's signature nyonya kueh and ondeh ondeh at factory outlet prices?!!
Address: 23 Woodlands Link, Singapore 738730
Tel No: 6756 9088
Operating Hours: 8 am - 4 pm daily
Fragrance Foodstuff Pte Ltd
Again, Bak kwa and CNY snacks at factory prices!
They even have a frozen food section, with items like scallops and shrimp to add to your reunion.
Address: 60 Woodlands Terrace, Woodlands East Industrial Estate, Singapore 738466
Tel No: 6257 8608
Operating Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Mon - Fri), closed on weekends.
This is your one-stop shop for seafood. Apart from the usual suspects, they also sell stuff like caviar, lobster, tuna, and black tiger prawns. They offer festive platters and some great ready-made dishes and soups as well. You can even order online.
They will be closed for the first three days of CNY though, and will reopen only on Feb 19.
Address: 46 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738459
Tel No: 6257 5257
Operating Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri), 8 am - 1 pm (Sat), closed on Sundays and public holidays.
How about something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Grab kiddie delights like Hello Panda, Yan Yan, Choco Baby, Kinder Bueno etc at the Meiji Warehouse. Expect discounts of up to 20 %!
Address: 36 Quality Road, Singapore 618806
Tel No: 6265 2411
Operating Hours: 12 pm - 3 pm every Friday, except on public holidays
Hock Seng Food Pte Ltd
Think Hock Seng and think of canned fruits and drinks! Grab some really cool deals on the drinks.
Plus their warehouse is only open to the public about three weeks before CNY, so get going now!
Address: 267 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128439
Tel No: 6595 9222
Song Fish dealer
What's Chinese New Year without fish? Fish actually symbolises "plenty" or "abundance" in Chinese culture.
At Song Fish Dealer you not only get your fish fresh, but also cleaned and filleted on the spot!
They even have other seafood like squid, prawns, clams, as well as meat and poultry. Now is the time to grab some great deals!
Address: 19 Fishery Port Rd, Singapore 619736
Tel No: 6777 3939
Operating Hours: 8 am - 5 pm (Mon - Sat), 8 am - 12 pm (Sun)
This place is synonymous with CNY snacks and expect your beloved arrowhead chips, tapioca chips, egg rolls and kueh lapis in super affordable form.
Address: 6 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738431
Tel No: 6555 6351 / 6555 6760
Operating Hours: 8 am to 9 pm