30 October 2013

Extreme Couponing

Last night, while I was folding the freshly-laundered clothes, I watched Extreme Couponing on TLC Ch 62. I was amazed at this young man who shopped for around $600+ with his family and only paid 5 bucks! It was because of the discount coupons he got from the newspapers. 


And then there's this mom, named Pam, who's really OC that she has a "personal grocery store" inside her kitchen. Dream ko yun, muthers! Medyo exagg lang yung kanya 'cause the goods were like nakatikas-pahinga, very aligned and all. Hihi. But yeah, bet na bet ko din whenever my grocery cupboard's full. So when Pam got to go grocery-shopping using her coupons (which she gets from public recycling bins), she even made a flow chart of what she would be buying. Actually, mas magaling yung nauna sa kanya. She bought a total of $400+ worth of items and she still paid $80+. Pero kiber, if I was in her situation, super happy ko na din ha. 

It is extreme, really. Others might think you look garbage for doing that. I'm sure if we have EC in the Philippines, we could hear a social-climber riche noveau Pinoy saying, "ano ba yan, wala bang pambili at kailangan gumamit ng coupon?" DUH. Kesa nagnanakaw, 'di ba? Anyway, what struck me was she said she doesn't care what others think or say about her 'cause that's what makes her happy. And she did it for her daughter who had a graduation party. Altogether now --- awwww. ♥

If we have couponing in our country, how far would you go for it?

11 comments:

  1. The counterpart here would be Groupons. Enjoy ako mamili nyan online pero hindi naman sobra. I remember buying photobooth services worth P2000 from a Groupon site in 2011. We used it on our wedding in 2013. In fairness, ang actual price pala nun is P6000+. Hindi ko alam yung nabili ko pala ay magnetic pa ang photos. Hahaha!

    Anyway- if we have couponing here, I don't think I'd be one of those who'd do it. Tamad ako eh. Haha! Kahit nga makisabay sa sales ayaw ko. PERO, kung online, go na go. :))

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    1. Eh yung Groupon kasi friend, discounted price lang. Etong coupons, as in free. It's like money! Ako naman depende kung talagang worth it talaga. Lalo sa mahal ng mga bilihin! :)))

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  2. I also watch this show and i'm amazed, 90% savings, san ka pa? Kuripot ang mga grocery at supermarket dito sa atin eh. Pero kung meron ditong ganyan, for sure lagi ako gagamit ng coupons. Kebs na kung sabihan akong cheap! Savings is savings!

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  3. nakapanood din ako ng parang ganyan dati.. un mga mothers na gumagamit ng coupons to save and to use for their daily needs. ang galing lang talaga nila. naisip ko nga sana may ganyan din sa Pilipinas kaso ang mahirap is baka maabuse ng bonggang bongga.

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  4. I haven't watched that show yet pero super tagal ko na pinapangarap na magkaron sa Pinas ng ganyang program.

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  5. I just get to watch Extreme Couponing kapag umuuwi kami kina mudra every other week. I'm just sad kasi naging Tuesday na pala ang schedule nya. :( Grabe talaga yung pinapakita dyan. Meron pang naghahalungakat sa basurahan ng newspapers and magazines with coupons. Yung pinakamagaling na napanood dyan, the mom took home $1000+ worth of groceries na nakuha nya for free because of coupons. At dahil sa sobrang galing nya, abonado pa ang supermarket ng ilang dollars. So they gave her a box or two of chocolate bars. And there was this family (lolo, lola, mga anak at apo nila) na bagsak na yung business at puro utang na. Proud silang sabihin na nakaahon sila sa hirap because of couponing. Kasi they don't have to worry about their food, toiletries, etc. Bills na lang for electricity, etc. And their stockpile is really big. Sabi they won't go hungry for the next 2 or 3 years. If ever may couponing dito sa Pinas, I won't mind if somebody would call me cheap for doing such. Just imagine what you can give to your family na wala o halos walang ibinayad di ba.

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    1. You can find some eps on YouTube! :)

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  6. I also watch this show, and lagi akong naaamaze sa effort nila magcollect ng coupons. Actually, it's not just the number of coupons they collect, but also taking time to read through the fine print. Nakakita ako ng coupons sa grocery sa US when I went there, and may mga conditions yung mga yun, kung extreme couponer ka, you really make the effort to read it. tapos iba ibang products pa yan. naaliw ako dun sa isang episode, yung 14-year old girl, sya ang naggogrocery para sa family nya because mahilig sya sa coupons.

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    1. 'Di ba noh? It's really a task! Imagine lang how tedious it is. Tapos sila as in nakakadiscount ng more than 80% of the total amount. Ang galing lang. :)

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  7. Gusto ko yan, pag meron dito. Yung Groupon medyo magastos pa para sa akin e. Ang gusto ko yung mga tipong naka-ipit lang sa dyaryo/magazines. Yung di mo kailangan pagka-gastusan ng bongga para maka-avail ng coupons (spell: kuripot). Siguro maloloka ako sa kaka-"budget" ng coupons ko at sa pag-lista ng mga bibilhin. Hahaha!

    Meron pa akong isang pinapanood, "Extreme Cheapskates". Medyo ramdam ko yung part na naggu-gupit sya ng sarili nyang buhok pero di naman ganun ka-chaka yung pagkakagupit ko ng hair ko. LOL. Kadiri nga lang kasi nanghahalungkat sila ng makakain sa basurahan kesyo lang ayaw nyang gumastos ng pambili ng pagkain (take note: hindi dahil wala syang makain!). Blecckkk!

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