ELASTIQ - Another guaranteed 2.02% p.a. for the first 3 years?

1.5 years ago, I signed up for the FWD 2.02% "savings" plan and parked $15k.
I've always been in search for low risk decent yield alternatives on top of my savings account which I've shared in my tips on how I save >$150k before 28. While browsing the net, I came across Etiqa's latest whole life insurance savings plan which offers guaranteed 2.02% p.a for the first 3 years.
The minimum savings premium is at $5k. So, I thought why not? Since this $5k is something that I do not need atm, it's better for me to park the money here vs keeping it in my CIMB fastsaver earning just 1%.
Furthermore, you are able to withdraw money after 90 days - just take note that a service fee is charged if your average daily balance falls below $5k. 

I've just applied for the plan and parked $5k. I may be withdrawing this 3 years later and am expected to cash out $325 more interest.

The whole process took me less than 10 minutes. Take note that payment will be via DBS auto …

Budget Tracking : Feb 2016

Before I start, sharing this quote I came across from the internet that resonates with me:

Don't you agree?

In the month of Chinese New Year, I felt like I gained more than I spent because of the angbaos I received. Hehe. But, I'm not sure if this is the 2nd last time I'm going to get my angbaos because I want to get married soon! Argh, gotta discuss more with my bf. Right now, we're just too passive.

Fixed expenses: $525

Variable expenses: $1,304.69
  • Food - $161
    • Mainly weekday lunches and a few dates and treats for and with my bf
  • Shopping & Misc - $566.45
    • 1 blogshop dress, NTUC shopping, a Groupon deal & Oakley sunglasses for my bf etc
    • $$$ to my mom for her birthday, health checkup, $10 TOTO (got 3 rows with 2 numbers T.T), and visit to the TCM because of my really weak stomach. Any recommendations for good sinseh? Foresee spending more on Misc for such health visits, but I hope it's worth it.
  • Travel expenses - $477.24
    • $448.64 for 3D2N Bangkok trip
    • $28.60 for Travel Insurance (after a 45% discount)
  • Transport/Ez-reload - $100

Variable Earnings (not including salary): $937.78

This month, I received a special income from a POSB/DBS fixed deposit @ 1.88% p.a that I signed last year. The amount? $188 (HUAT AH!). I'm looking out for other attractive fixed deposits. Let me know if you've any lobangs!

Other earnings came from:
  • angbaos - not sure if this is the 2nd last time I'm getting this :'(
  • interest - from OCBC 360
  • credit card rebates 
  • dividend from my stocks (woohoo!)
Slight recoup of my variable expenses due to the angbao $$ and interest from fixed deposit and dividends from stocks. Hope I won't spend so much next month!


  1. Hi Cherry,

    Unlike you, budget wise, CNY tends to be a "painful" month. Not just the outflows from the ang baos, there's still the dinners and the new year goodies. But well, as long as we "budget" for it, there's nothing wrong with letting loose once in a while, right?

    And congrats on finding Mr Right! Feel free to approach me if you need any "tips". My wedding to the Mrs wasn't that long ago...

    1. HI FAV BLOGGER! Thanks! Have no plans for our wedding yet but will approach you for tips soon! :)

    2. HI FAV BLOGGER! Thanks! Have no plans for our wedding yet but will approach you for tips soon! :)


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