There are two ways to get rich. One is to reduce expenses, like getting a Golden Village Movie Club card to watch movies on Tuesdays (you can save up to $156 a year!), and the other is to increase your salary. But it’s not like your boss will give you an increment if you ask for it, especially if you have a Bad Boss. So what’s a poor wage earner to do in Singapore?

We’ve got a solution (actually, many solutions) for you. Here are several superstitions that are said to guarantee wealth flowing into your house. It won’t take more than five minutes to do each one, and you could end up richer than Gild Tesoro if you do them. When you’re rich, please remember that The Popping Post accepts donations. Sizeable donations, $1 million and above.

1. Stick a $1 coin on your calculator/cash register 

This should be a familiar sight near the cash register of a Chinese-owned shop.

This should be a familiar sight near the cash register of a Chinese-owned shop.

For the Chinese, this represents money flowing in, since there’s always money on your calculator (hence no deficit) or your cash register (hence it’s never empty). Singapore $1 coins have the added benefit of a bagua (Eight Trigrams) symbol on it, which is auspicious for any businessman. It’s also said that you should stick the first dollar from your first sale too.

Not sure if it’s legit for O Level/A Level calculators though.

2. Place salt at your restaurant entrance

Salt in a saucer. Credit: The Cook's Thesaurus

Salt in a saucer. Credit: The Cook’s Thesaurus

Salt is a symbol of purification for many cultures, and that includes the Japanese. What restaurant owners will do is to sprinkle salt outside the entrance, and thereafter place two saucers of salt at the entrance. This shows that the place has been purified and is said to attract more customers. More customers means more money, so that’s how this belief works.

Check if there’s salt at the entrance of the next Japanese restaurant you go to, then see if it’s packed. If it is, then you know it works!

3. Place a Maneki-Neko at your shop entrance

Maneki-Neko. Credit: Brenda Guarisma

Maneki-Neko. Credit: Brenda Guarisma

Ever noticed the cute Fortune Cat waving its arm at you at the entrance? It’s not just for decorative purposes – there’s actually a legend behind the Maneki-Neko.

You see, the Maneki-Neko’s gestures look like that of a cat washing its face. The Japanese and Chinese believe that when a cat washes its face, a visitor will arrive soon. So if the cat is constantly washing its face (by waving), it means that patrons are constantly coming.

A more lucrative solution would be to sell Maneki-Nekos though.

4. Keep a money plant

Money plant. Credit: Pinterest

Money plant. Credit: Pinterest

Well, the money plant’s name should be an indication of the prosperity it brings! The amazing thing about the money plant is that it’s a three-in-one plant in fengshui, meaning that it represents good income, good luck, and overall prosperity for the owner, thanks to its round leaves. Most people put this in the living room.

It’s also pretty easy to maintain, so why not?

5. Always keep money in your wallet

That's a lot of money. Credit: CNBC

That’s a lot of money. Credit: CNBC

The theory is that like attracts like, so having money in your wallet will attract more money to your wallet. That’s why when you give someone a wallet as a present (like how traditionally, the bride’s family will give one to the groom), you must also put some notes inside to bless the wallet with wealth. It’s even considered rude to gift a wallet without money inside!

But it’s a little bit of circular logic – keep money in your wallet so that you will always have money? Well, as long as our bank accounts are filled, we’re not complaining!

6. A good first sale of the day brings luck for the rest of the day

First sale of the day. Credit: Travel Blog

First sale of the day. Credit: Travel Blog

It’s called bohni in North India and Pakistan, and the belief is that the first of the sale of the day sets the tone for all the other transactions for that day. So business owners try to do a cash-only sale and ensure that no change is returned, because returning money during your first sale signifies an outflow of cash. Some regions also believe that it’s bad luck to have completed a transaction on the first sale of the day, so they mitigate it by giving some freebies to create an “incomplete” transaction.

But freebies always bring more customers in, so who’s to say that bohni is just a belief?

7. Toss pineapples into your flat before moving in

I have pineapple! Credit: The Next Web

I have pineapple! Credit: The Next Web

The very first thing that should enter your flat is a pineapple, because the Chinese love puns. Pineapple in Hokkien is also a homonym for “luck coming” (ong lai), hence to have a pineapple roll into your house represents luck coming into your house.

You can also be a lot more direct and just throw eight red packets into your house too (serious!), but pineapples are cheaper (and you get to eat them after that).

8. Hang an upside down 福 (fu, Chinese word for luck) in your house

It's the right way up. Credit: Under The Angsana Tree

It’s the right way up. Credit: Under The Angsana Tree

Again, because the Chinese can be oddly corny when it comes to luck, the Mandarin word for “upside down” is a homonym for “come” (dao). Thus, to have your “luck upside down” is also to have your “luck come”. The best place to hang this word is at the entrance of your house.

So if you ever see an upside down 福 (fu) in your friend’s house, don’t try and right it! You’ll get thrown out of the house, and it will be the first example of luck not coming into the house anymore.


The Accountant. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Accountant. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you think that accountants would be the type to practice such superstitions, you’re not far off! Except that the accountant in The Accountant is not your typical accountant. In The Accountant, a financial whiz turns out to also be proficient in rather violent endeavours. When he runs afoul of a crooked financial scheme, mayhem ensues.

Bring your calculator when you watch The Accountant, and remember to stick a $1 coin on it!


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