jwoods1864 wrote: ↑
Sat, 26 Nov 2022 5:01 pm
A general theme seems to be that is God damn expensive to have kids in Singapore. What are the differences then in terms of help from the government? Meaning if you have kids as a citizen/PR/work pass holder.
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My brother and his wife just had a baby 2 years ago. One of the biggest differences I noticed is they got a whole lot of donated items from their colleagues at work for free, so they didn’t have to spend very much in the beginning. The community spirit is alive and well. You can also get cheap stuff at rummage sales. Used stuff in general is a lot more attractive in the US because people tend to be more generous in the way they price stuff they no longer want.
When we had young ones I noticed most kids stuff tends to be cheaper in the US. Everything from clothes, food, toys, strollers, etc. In fact I brought back a lot of stuff from trips there, including a couple of car seats which were well under half the price vs. here. Diapers were about the same price, but we were amazed at the technology difference — despite being half the thickness, they could absorb twice as much! Don’t get me started on the price of milk.
As far as schools go, public schools are always free no matter whether you are a citizen, permanent resident or work permit holder. You’ll just want to make sure your residential address is in a good school district.
As far as housing goes, it’s affordable for most. Government subsidized housing rentals can be found in “the projects” but only apply to the truly needy — something like the 1 and 2 room HDB flat program here, but these are often in scary neighborhoods. Outside of the city, trailer parks are where you’ll find low cost housing - despite the reputation of “trailer trash” its usually not as bad as you’d think. I visited several of my high school classmates who lived in them - just simple, ordinary folks.
Although it’s getting harder, you can still get a basic home for 5-figures and a used car for 4-figures in many parts of the US. If you’re smart with your money and not trying to keep up with the Joneses you can really save a bundle.