I don’t know about you but the holidays always meant that I will be spending lots of money on presents, Christmas get-togethers, and Noche Buena feasts. So year after year, I’ve tried to be resourceful in gift-giving and my own holiday shopping. Here are some personal money saving tips I can share with you this season.
I wrote two posts about the growing popularity of group buying sites in the Philippines. And you know what? There seems to be no stopping this phenomenon. Each month, I see a new group buying site launched online and I noticed that these sites are getting more and more niche specific. Just look at Healthy Deals Philippines.
Healthy Deals Philippines is the first group buying site that solely offers health and wellness related products and services. The company aims to keep Filipinos in the pink of health by offering HUGE savings on health options and wellness services. Similarly, the company helps health and wellness companies get a healthy bottom line by allowing them to reach a wider target market and audience online through their discounted offerings.
What is healthy deal?
From a consumer point of view, what is a healthy deal? First a healthy deal must offer a huge discount on the original price of the item. I’d say that at least 50% discount on items less than a thousand bucks and at at least 40% discount on items originally priced at more than a thousand. Why so? Because I learned from a friend, who’s a manager in supermarket, that they normally price item at 100% or 200% mark up. Thus, even at a 50% discount, companies are still breaking even. If the product or service is good, they get a repeat customer or good recommendation. That’s priceless word-of-mouth marketing!
Second, a deal must have a long redemption period. In some deal sites, you’re only allowed to redeem the deal on specific days/dates. I tried this once and wasn’t very happy with the way it turned out. There were too many people redeeming the deals and not enough manpower to provide service/support. I waited more than an hour just to get my food and lunch at noon became lunch at 1:30PM.
Third, a deal must be true to its promise. No to false advertising! Some blogger friends of mine bought deals in wellness establishments hoping to get the pampering they deserved. Some experienced poor customer service when the deal boasted of excellent staff . Others were shortchanged somehow. They bought a deal for half the price of ten grand from a spa. They were expecting to get ten grand’s worth of services but when they computed the prices of what they enjoyed, it was only worth eight grand. They complained and was pacified with gift checks from the spa. I applaud the spa for resolving the issue but this shouldn’t have happened at all. The staff should have been briefed on what the deal was and what it includes so instances like the one I just described don’t happen.
So, looking at the deals currently live on HealthyDeals.ph, I’d say that their deals on Healthy Coffee / Choco Drinks from Businesspeople is a healthy deal. It’s priced at 50% off (first qualification), has a long redemption period (until February 2012), and looks true to its promise. It’s a pretty straightforward deal. You buy the product at 50% off and pick it up. Simple.
Win an iPad!
Now, this news is for bloggers. Healthy Deals Philippines is having a “What’s a Healthy Deal?” Bloggers Raffle Contest. All you have to do is blog and promote healthy deals to be qualified for the raffle. If you win, you get an iPad! Join now! I’d also encourage you to like Healthy Deals’ Facebook and Twitter accounts to get the latest scoop on the deals. Click on the links below so it’d be easier for you to find the site:)
Group buying has definitely arrived in the Philippines. In the last 3 months, I have bought from two different sites: Awesome.ph and Ensogo. Though I have yet to redeem the vouchers I vote, I have saved at least 400 pesos from these two buys.
If you want to save money too, check out these group buying web sites for Pinoys.
- Cash Cash Pinoy
- Cuponz Philippines
- Deal Grocer
- Deal Spot
- Ebay.ph Kuponan
- Metro Deal
- Presyong Patok
- Twangoo Manila
What to buy from these group buying sites?
A lot of these group buying sites offer super discounted restaurant, beauty & wellness, and travel deals. I have seen deals for yoga classes, gym memberships, day tours, dinner for two, and best weight loss supplement products. So, if I were you, I’d sign up for these sites and subscribe to their newsletters so you can get deal alerts on your email.