Have you been shopping during this year’s Great Singapore Sale (GSS) (30 May to 27 July 2014)?

Remember to pay using MasterCard so you have a chance on their Priceless Surprises Machine (till 29 June 2014) with your MasterCard receipts. Biggest prize is a trip to Sydney to see Justin Timberlake!

Psst….

I know all the locations where the Priceless Surprise Machine will be headed:

Singapore is getting very crowded due to our swelling population size in recent years. This makes shopping during the weekend seems like a daunting task for some, especially for parents with young kids. Here are five quick tips from my wife, Rachel and I on shopping with a young kid in tow:

  1. Bring along a light stroller that can be folded and carried conveniently when maneuvering crowds, stairs and our congested public transports. Otherwise, use a strap-on baby carrier.
  2. Get a book or a small toy which can keep the kid entertained while you shop
  3. Head to participating GSS malls with a toys’ department. Take turn with your spouse to shop while the other tend to the kid at the toys’ department.
  4. Bring along some light snacks and water in case the little one gets hungry or thirsty.
  5. Last but not least, make sure you buy something for the little one so he or she will feel appreciated after spending one whole day shopping with you!

I think many of us have the mistaken notion that GSS shopping is confined to Orchard and the central area. There are actually GSS promotions at the neighbourhood centres, city fringe & outskirts, Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam as well! Why not head to these locations for a different GSS shopping experience this year?

Last year, I brought my family for GSS shopping at Haji Lane.

Other than the hefty discounts on sale items, you can get many other rewards from GSS organisers, sponsors and partners. Do find out more about these on the official GSS website to grab the best deals and bargains from your shopping! Below are some rewards which you should take note of:

GSS 2014 Daily Rewards

To encourage continuous spending islandwide, the Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) is giving away S$500 to one lucky consumer every day in the GSS 2014 Daily Rewards Promotion! There will be 59 winners in total, one winner for every single day of the GSS. What’s more, consumers who charge our purchases to MasterCard – the Official Card of the GSS, will stand to receive an additional S$500!

To take part, consumers just need to make a qualifying transaction of at least S$20 in a single receipt via any mode of payment from anywhere in Singapore (exclusions apply) between 30 May and 27 July 2014, and submit our transaction details via www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg by 23:59 hours (Singapore time) on the transaction day.

Every qualifying transaction will entitle consumers to submit one entry which will give us one chance of winning. So the more qualifying transactions we make, the more entries we can submit, and the more chances we will have of winning!

GSS Gives Back

For every eligible entry received for the GSS 2014 Daily Rewards Promotion, SRA is donating S$1 to Community Chest, up to a maximum of S$10,000. This is in support of Care & Share – a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest as part of SG50 which is a nationwide effort to celebrate Singapore’s birthday in 2015. Under this Movement, which aims to bring the nation together to show care and concern for the less fortunate, SRA’s donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government to go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector to meet rising needs.

In addition, MasterCard as SRA’s GSS partner, is giving a group of underprivileged children a priceless experience this GSS. In the spirit of the Care & Share Movement, MasterCard is treating a total of 50 children and their caregivers from the Canossian School – a special education school supported by Community Chest – to the world-class musical ‘The Sound of Music’ at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands on 19 July 2014.

MasterCard Priceless Surprises

As the Official Card of the GSS for the 11th year running, MasterCard is bringing cardholders the thrill of the unexpected with over 7,000 surprises, as well as exclusive privileges and discounts from merchants across Singapore.

Cardholders can look out for MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises Machine at select locations across the island, and stand to win prizes ranging from pre-loaded prepaid cards and shopping vouchers, to even a chance to catch Justin Timberlake live in Sydney! Tourists can also look forward to enjoying GSS shopping privileges and exclusive offers.

SPH Shop & Win Promotion

More than S$250,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs in this year’s SPH Shop & Win Promotion, including a Subaru Impreza, a Nissan Sylphy, a luxury watch, electronic gadgets, home furnishings and more! To qualify, shoppers just need to spend S$50 at any of the SPH Shop & Win participating malls or brands. Charge to MasterCard and shoppers will double our chances of winning plus stand to win additional prizes!

For the first time, three lucky shoppers each week will also win S$500 in shopping credits each to go on a shopping spree at Metro, a home-grown department store!

Tourist Privileges

As a special bonus for our visitors, those who charge S$100 of their purchases to MasterCard or S$200 with other payment methods and claim their GST refunds through Global Blue will stand to win a return trip to Singapore, complete with airfare for one person and a two-night weekend stay at Marina Mandarin Singapore’s Meritus Club Room with access to the Club Lounge.

It’s a sale and more, so get ready to be thrilled this GSS! Remember, charge all purchases to your MasterCard, the official card for GSS, for more rewards!