Buy only when on sale

French pharmacies is the equivalent of candy stores to a child. Many of the raved (and not so cheap) skincare brands originate from France. So when a friend says she’s going to France for a holiday, it’s only normal for a girl to ask for certain things to be brought back. Here are some examples of the “must buys” in France.

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 500ml

Watsons: S$41.90

Guardian: S$41.90

Random French pharmacy: €12.60 = S$19.35 (less than half price!)

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ 40ml

Watsons: S$38.90

Guardian: S$31.12 (on sale, original price S$38.90)

Random French pharmacy: €11.66 = S$17.90 (less than half price!)

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml

Sephora: S$67

Random French pharmacy: €30.10 = $46.20

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Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, Twin Pack 300ml

Watsons: S$29.90 (on sale, original price S$53)

Guardian: S$29.90

Random French pharmacy: €13.08 = S$20.10

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Klorane Strengthening Serum 125ml

Guardian: S$108.90

Random French pharmacy: €32.70 = S$50.20 (less than half price!)

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-light SPF50+, 50ml

Watsons: S$46.90

Guardian: $37.52 (on sale, original price S$46.90)

Random French pharmacy: €13.34 = S$20.50 (less than half price!)

 

Having been to France myself and seeing the drastic price differences for the exact same products, I have never bought these products in Singapore at their retail prices before. I’d always wait for the sale at Guardian or Watsons to purchase them in bulk (ok, not cartons but at least 5 of the same product). However, it is still nowhere near the retail prices in France. Let’s just hope my friend has enough luggage space to bring these back for me!

This very same principle can be applied to investing as well I guess? So far what I’ve been trying to achieve is to wait for good stable companies (like the French dermatologically-proven products) to be “on sale”. Sometimes the sale will not as high as you’d like. But on a case-by-case basis, some stocks better just grab no matter how meagre the sale is. Almost like how you’re running low on the skincare product and you must purchase one ASAP during a not-so-good sale. But it’s still a sale anyway ain’t it?

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