Daniel Tay

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Covid Chronicles Patron

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Every day since 7 Apr 2020, I’ve been writing a daily chronicle of my life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of doing this is to document down my life during this historic period of the world. Your subscription at this level tells me you appreciate the Covid Chronicles and want them to continue. Thank you!

The first year of these Chronicles are available for free on my Facebook feed. The second year, who knows?

You will, that’s who.

Specifically, this means:
  • Covid Chronicles updates

Blog Patron

$2.50
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On Tuesdays, I write articles related to personal finance and freegan living. On Fridays, I share expenses reports, investment reports, Q&A, and a monthly update. Being a Blog Patron gives you access to these.

Specifically, this means:
  • Covid Chronicles updates
  • Blog posts

Free by Forty Patron

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This tier gives you access to the contents of the book Free by Forty: A Freegan’s Guide to Financial Freedom.

This book combines the theoretical knowledge I gained during my financial planning career with the practical experience I have living as a freegan, to show you how I reached financial freedom at the age of 40, and how you can apply these principles to your own life.

You will also have access to the Tuesday and Friday blog posts on personal finance and freegan living.

Specifically, this means:
  • Covid Chronicles updates
  • Blog posts
  • Free by Forty book

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About Daniel Tay

Hello. I'm Daniel Tay. I'm a freegan.

I reached financial freedom at the age of 40 through a lifestyle known as freeganism. This means spending very little money because I retrieve things that other people don't want, and reuse and repurpose them for my own needs and wants. It also means rejecting excessive consumerism, with a focus on acquiring experiences instead of material things.

After a business failure and marriage breakdown, I stopped work for 3 years. During this time, I co-founded a couple of communities. One is Freegan in Singapore, the other is SG Food Rescue. Both applied principles of freeganism to collect unwanted things and give them to people who could use them. Through these, I shared the benefits of this lifestyle with thousands of people in Singapore.

During these 3 years, I appeared in the local and regional media no less than 50 times. I also gave two TEDx talks, one on freeganism and another on food waste. I also raised the issue of food waste all the way up to Parliament.

I came to a realisation from all these experiences. I learned that if you don't know what you want to be, other people will turn you into what they want you to be. I've been hailed as a hero, an environmentalist, an activist, an advocate, a community builder, a leader, and many more. But I never really identified with these labels.

What I am is a writer and storyteller.

I’ve always loved writing. It was my first career, but after suffering from depression, I lost the ability to write for a while, and had to find another way to earn a living. When I regained the ability to write again, I was already established in my career as a financial planner, so I couldn’t leave that to become a writer again.

But now that I’ve reached financial freedom, I no longer need to have a full-time job. Most of my income comes from investments, enough to pay for my Fixed & Needs expenses. I still do some part-time work to earn money for my Wants in life. But what I really want, is to write.

Patreon allows me to earn an income from my writing.


I enjoy writing. I experiment with various types of content, often mixing my own experiences into it. I like to share that content with people who appreciate it.

Since June 2020, I’ve published a book Free by Forty: A Freegan’s Guide to Financial Freedom here on Patreon. I chose to do so because I didn’t want to have to manage inventory of hardcopy books. This book condenses all the theoretical knowledge I’ve learned from my previous career as a fee-based financial planner together with my practical experiences as a freegan. It shows you how I used both to reach financial freedom by age 40.

I also write articles on finance and freegan living here in this Patron blog every week.
But I don’t write only about these topics. I have varied interests that I like to tell stories of. I’ve written a few books in the past, some of which have never been published. I didn’t have the time or the energy to work on this hobby… until now. I guess that’s what people who have retired do — they do the things that they’ve always dreamed of doing. And for me, that’s to go back to writing.

What do I want?


I want to earn a small income from the writing that I do. I don’t have delusions of earning thousands of dollars a month from my writings. But I do want the income, and your patronage, to show me that what I write is appreciated. I want to write more of that which is valued by my patrons.

Back in 2004, I published my first book which was called Skyva’s Story: The 8 Rings of Legend. It’s actually the first of a series of four books. I couldn’t afford the time and cost of publishing the remaining three back then, as I had to work for a living. And you know, when you’re working full-time, you just don’t have the time and energy to work on a project like this.
Now that I’m no longer working full-time, I want to revisit this dream of mine and finally get it done. This, and a bunch of other stories that I’ve written and want to be read.

How will your patronage help?


The most important thing is that your patronage will tell me that you see value in what I’m creating, and that appreciation will drive me to create more quality content for you.

So what do you get?


Blog Patron

In this tier, you gain access to the weekly Tuesday and Friday blog posts.

Free by Forty Patron

In this tier, you gain access to the weekly Tuesday and Friday blog posts, and the contents of Free by Forty: A Freegan’s Guide to Financial Freedom.

Dream Patron

In this tier, you gain access to the weekly Tuesday and Friday blog posts, the contents of all the books that I will publish on this platform.

Covid Chronicles Patron

This tier is a way of showing your support for the daily Covid Chronicles I’ve been writing on my Facebook feed.

Even if you don’t end up as a patron, it’s okay. Come read my Covid Chronicles on my Facebook feed. Leave a comment and say hi. I’d appreciate it! If you do become a patron, I’ll be very grateful.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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