Get special deals and e-vouchers with a few clicks on your phone

We may not have the luxury of a whole month of freedom like we did when we were young this coming June, but we do get something else. It's the season of crazy sales and cheap deals all around the island. Yes, we're talking about the Great Singapore Sale, which happens every year in June since STB rolled it out in 1994. As always, the immense number of options can get overwhleming at times, but new location-based mobile app GoSpree is about to change all that at this year's GSS, happening on Jun 9-Aug 13.

If you're trying to find the free app, you won't be able to because it'll only be launched on the first day of the nine week-long sale (available on both Apple Store and Google Play store). GoSpree by the Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) allows you to browse through a directory of participating stores, and download their e-vouchers and coupons that you can redeem at the stores itself. It will also have a geo-tagging function, which means that e-coupons and deal alerts can be sent to you whenever you're nearby a participating store. These retailers will also be given a special QR code that can be displayed anywhere in Singapore so that you can use the app's QR scanner to unlock special deals.

Besides giving a reason for customers to actually head out to all the big names along the Orchard Road shopping belt, the app will also help small and independent retailers, especially since they won't have to pay a single cent to list their stuff on the app. So far local design and lifestyle store Naiise has already hopped on the bandwagon, offering $5 GoSpree e-coupons and other discounts to app users. Other retailers include Courts, Takashimaya's department store and Millenia Walk. If you're a UnionPay cardholder, you'll get some additional perks.