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.
Riding on the success of Groupon and other group buying sites abroad, a lot of enterprising Filipinos came up with their own group buying web sites for Pinoys. I listed 15 of them in a post back in February. Let me reiterate them here:
- Cash Cash Pinoy
- Cuponz Philippines
- Deal Grocer
- Deal Spot
- Ebay.ph Kuponan
- Metro Deal
- Presyong Patok
- Twangoo Manila
Since then, at least half a dozen more have come up to entice Filipinos to SAVE by SHOPPING. Here are some of the notable ones that I like and signed-up with:
- Clever Buy – The egg that hatched into a pig, Clever Buy originated in Germany. They have big ticket items that are really sold for a steal, including a teeth whitening treatment valued at P30,000 and sold for just around P3,000. Plus, you get P250 for every friend that you refer. You can use this referral bonus to buy deals on the site; they are not convertible to cash.
- YugaDeals — If you are a gadget freak, then you will love this group buying site. It’s the first — and probably THE ONLY – site that solely features gadget deals. As I was writing this post, they have a deal for a router. I am looking forward to xbox deals, PSP deals, and netbook deals.
- MyBistro — Blogging is only second to my real passion, which is eating! I don’t think that MyBistro is really a group buying site but you will still save hundreds of pesos by becoming a member. You will get the great offers and promotions from uber cool restaurants like TGI Friday’s, Italianni’s, Fish & Co., Flapjacks, Pig Out, Billy Rock, Krazy Garlik and The Stock Market Cafe. Oh, you get a P250 voucher when you join. Yum yum!
What’s really interesting is that several of these group buying web sites are started by Pinoy Bloggers. I heard that Awesome.ph was the brainchild of the wildly popular Boy Kuripot. YugaDeals is the baby of Yugatech, one of the top tech bloggers in the Philippines, if not “THE” top tech blogger. What an enterprising bunch!
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