It’s hard to do the things that you really want to do when you’re stuck running errands and wasting time on the road. Good news: we’ve rounded up a handful of apps and services to help you resolve your time-starved ways. They’ll help speed tasks along and maybe even clear your schedule, so that you can get around to doing the fun stuff.
1. For outfits delivered to your doorstep
Don’t have enough clothes to wear? Subscribe to fashion rental platform StyleTheory to get a bottomless supply of new clothes without having to head to the mall or do the laundry. Rent, wear, and repeat. How it works is you subscribe by paying a fixed amount each month for access to the StyleTheory wardrobe.
The homegrown brand has a repertoire of 30,000 pieces of clothing across 250 local and International brands. If you’re a subscriber and aren’t sure what looks good on you, tap on the personalised fit algorithm, which helps to recommend the best fit for your body based on your measurements.
Price begins at $69 per month for three pieces. Check out https://sg.styletheory.co/.
2. To eat durian in the comfort of your home
Fresh from the farm, Grade A Mao Shan Wang is delivered via the Grab app from 4pm daily.
The yellow flesh fruit comes husk-free so you don’t even need to worry about cutting through the thorny shell to get to its creamy custard centre. At the moment, Grab takes orders from Serangoon, Hougang, Toa Payoh, Bedok, Eunos, Marine Parade and Bishan but it’s bound to include more locations soon.
A Grab spokesperson informed us that GrabDurian will soon be a semi-permanent feature on the GrabFood tab, meaning that as long as there are durians in season, you will be able to GrabDurian.
More details about GrabFood are on https://www.grab.com/sg/food/.
3. To stay on top of online shopping promo codes
Add RateX to your Google Chrome web browser extensions to keep tabs of online shopping promo codes. What the tool does when you shop online is it auto-inserts promo codes at the checkout point. In short, there’s no need to randomly Google or keep up with newsletters to find out what the relevant promo codes are.
(Caveat: it’s not flawless and some of the promo codes attempted might not work. So shop with the intention to pay the full price, but think of this as a potential way to nab a discount. Installing the extension is easy enough anyway.)
RateX is available on sites such as ASOS, Taobao, Klook, Sephora, Lazada (and Redmart), Fairprice, GrabFood, and Foodpanda. Learn more at https://ratex.co/.
4. Get your hands on concert tickets without waiting in line
We don’t mean buying them online either.
You might have the means to pay for the limited-edition fashion collection pieces but neither have the time to queue in line, nor the interest to go on Carousell for the crazy prices (practically daylight robbery). The solution: hire a queue-sitter to get them for you.
Whether it’s for the latest new smartphone or to get your hands on a Shake Shack burger (will the crowd at Jewel ever die down?), you can hire someone from queueing service provider iQueue to do it for you. iQueue is a platform which links customers with people who can stand in line on their behalf.
On the website, customers choose "queue and buy" (where the queue-sitter completes the entire process and hands over the goods) or "queue and replace" (where the queue-sitter informs the customer of his or her position in the line once he or she joins the queue), which lets the customer estimate what time to show up and take over.
Popular requests received this year have been for bak kwa from Lim Chee Guan and Kim Peng Hiang during the Chinese New Year period, as well as Andy Lau concert tickets and food from Shake Shack.
Starting rate is $20 for a 1-hour package, although weight and time restrictions apply. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/iqueuesg/.
5. Outsource housework that you don’t want to do
Completing chores can be a bit of a drag, so how about hiring someone else to complete the menial tasks? iTask is a service marketplace that connects posters (people who need to get things done) with taskers (people with the skills to complete things). The new app allows users to engage someone to assist with chores, fix stuff, or even help complete deliveries.
Cost depends on the task. Check out https://www.itask.com.sg/.