Need to stock up on organic food, snap up birthday presents, splash out on posh cookware, source a highchair for your little one and, if you’re still standing, select a few bottles of top wine for a special occasion? Sounds like an impossible to-do list, especially if you’ve got tots in tow, but there’s no need to tear across town during store opening hours when you can shop online 24/7 over at Rakuten and get everything delivered to your doorstep (and save a packet while you’re at it). We can almost hear the kettle whistling!
Launched in Singapore to huge applause in 2014, the Rakuten Singapore Marketplace carries over 330,000 goods from almost 500 merchants across a huge range of product categories, including Women’s Fashion, Health and Beauty, Food and Beverage, Electronics, Toys and Games and Home and Living.
We love the website because it’s such a steal, with a swell Deals Corner, an automatic 5% off if you pay by Mastercard on Tuesdays and a genius rewards programme that gives you 5% rebate in points every time you spend. Sign up to become a member (for free, we might add) and put your Rakuten Super Points towards your next purchase to slash your bill at checkout and feel oh-so-smug. Other money-saving tips include using cashback sites to score additional cashback (check out ebates.sg) and swiping credit cards that offer great cash rebates.
So, how much could you really save when shopping on Rakuten? Let’s take the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair, for example, (just one of many top international brands stocked on the website). We know you all want one for your bub’ – it’s a design classic, after all – but the RRP of $389 is a bit of a hike. Well, for starters, on Rakuten it’s 23% cheaper at $299.99 with free shopping, too. Pay with Mastercard on a Tuesday (that’s 5% off), use a cashback site such as ebates.sg (another 5% off) and throw in your 5% Rakuten Super Points rebate, and you’ll find you’ve knocked the price down to a totally respectable $255! Read on to find out which of our other favourite brands are stocked by Rakuten.
We’ve also wangled an exclusive offer for EL readers – get $5 off with coupon code EXPATLIVING5OFF (minimum $10 spend) PLUS a bonus 500 Rakuten Super Points (equivalent to $5) when you use this coupon code. Terms and conditions apply.
If you’re cooky for cookware, you’ll be all over Le Creuset’s range on Rakuten. No need to lug your enamelled cast iron kitchenware home by bus – much better to pop it into your online shopping trolley and save your energy for deciding which shade of the French-made kitchen staples to plump for.
Filter by type, body, country or ratings, and browse a stellar range of international wines. We’re loving the 5% discount when you buy 12 or more bottles, too.
If Junior doesn’t already own one, it’ll definitely be on their wish-list for their next birthday. Shop Micro scooters and Maxi Micro scooters in a rainbow of colours over at Rakuten.
Stokke’s Tripp Trapp was designed in 1972 and is still the trendiest highchair out there. Snap it up in Natural, White, Black, Walnut, Green, Pale Pink, Mule Orange, Aqua Blue, Red or White Wash.
Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, chia seeds, gluten-free cookies, coconut-based hair and skin products and 100% natural baby goodies – you’ll feel virtuous just browsing Organic7days’ range on Rakuten!
Kartell’s contemporary furniture has raked in numerous international design awards. Let the compliments fly when you makeover your interior with a few well-chosen pieces, such as the Mr Impossible chair.
Know your size? Shop boots and sandals for men, women and kids over at Rakuten. The breathable leather uppers make Birkenstocks the perfect footwear choice for Singapore’s humid weather. We’ve got our eye on the Yara Leather Sandals.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll want to bookmark Henri Charpentier’s selection of sweets and pastries. Les Madeleines, Matcha au Financiers or Tarte Fruits for elevenses, anyone?
Overhaul your makeup bag with the world’s finest natural and organic beauty products from brands such as ncla Treatments, Velvet Lipstick, Luzern Laboratories and Armada. You won’t find any parabens, artificial colours and fragrances, sodium lauryl sulphate or propylene glycol here!
Whether for business or pleasure, quality luggage makes travelling that much more bearavle. Get yours in just a few click-clicks.
We could go on. There are heaps more top brands over at Rakuten (over 490 to be exact, but who’s counting). Visit rakuten.com.sg now to see which other of your top merchants are online and start racking up those Rakuten Super Points. And don’t forget to sign up to Rakuten’s newsletter for flash sale alerts!
$5 Coupon Code: EXPATLIVING5OFF (minimum $10 spend)
Get bonus 500 Rakuten Super Points (worth $5) when you make an order using EXPATLIVING5OFF coupon code.
Terms & conditions:
This offer is limited to the first 40 and applicable until 29 February 2016.
Coupon code can only be used on Rakuten.com.sg.
Coupon code can only be used once.
Only members are able to use coupon codes.
Bonus 500 Rakuten Super Points (worth $5) will be rewarded to completed orders only.
Bonus points will be rewarded from 15 March 2016.