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When she isn’t acting, 27-year-old Jae Liew doubles up as a delivery woman, dispatching sound equipment for her family business in her third-hand metallic orange Fiat Doblo van. The actress, who’s known for being a bargain hunter, shows us that you can still be economical when driving a vehicle here.

8 DAYS: Do you know where the cheapest carparks in town are?
JAE LIEW: Of course! There’s a website where you can find all the parking rates, and I’m not going to tell you which website that is because everyone is going to find out (guffaws). There are a few car parks in town that are cheaper than others, and they are typically located on the outskirts of town.

Okay, so which are the carparks to avoid?
Mandarin Orchard and Ngee Ann City are very pricey. The rates can go up to $18 if I park there for a few hours. When I go to the cheaper ones, I only pay between $3 and $5 per entry.

Would you also go out of your way to avoid the ERP?
ERP is unavoidable sometimes, but when I go out with my friends, I try to choose timings that allow me to pay a lower price. For example, if you head to town before 5.30pm, you pay only 50 cents.  After that, it’s $1.50. So if I can, I try to go earlier to save some money. Also, always make sure you have money in your cashcard. Once, I went into the ERP zone with a negative balance, and I had to pay a $20 fee. I guess I learnt it the hard way.

It’s not cheap to drive a car in Singapore. Any other tips on how to save money?
Don’t accelerate unnecessarily, and don’t leave your engine idle with the aircon still on, as your petrol will run out very quickly. I usually just switch off my engine and wind down the window or open the car door. It’s not that hot and I won’t die without aircon (laughs). If you can, drive a car with a dual system, one that uses both electricity and petrol. When your car travels under a certain speed, it switches to using electricity, and it will be a lot cheaper, ’cos petrol in Singapore is so costly! 

PHOTOS: EALBERT HO 

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