Like most of the guys in my generation, I’m past the age when Christmas is something to get excited about. I no longer lose sleep in anticipation of opening gifts under the tree and of dressing up for the annual sneak attack on my ninongs and ninangs.
Even doing the traditional countdown leading to the big day is as exciting as a two-day encounter with diarrhea.
These days, the happiest of holidays has been reduced to the year’s most tedious one.
All because of one wretched word: decisions.
Decisions, decision, decisions. The hallmark and downside of this Christian festivity.
What tree to get? Plastic. Oregon fir. Recyled.
What food to prepare? Non-fattening. Free range. Sugar-free.
Who to include in the gift list? Boss. Crush. Sikyus.
Where to spend the long holidays? Bohol. Palawan. Boracay. White Plains (Quezon City).
I thank my lucky stars that the hassles have been reduced significantly by a service called Deal Grocer – specifically a site with the url www.dealgrocer.com
Deal Grocer is like being surrounded by Santa’s little helpers… with each one magically turning into a personal shopper – your personal shopper.
Deal Grocer is like the much-hyped Groupon… only much, much better.
Deal Grocer lines up a set of vendors and service providers who offer amazingly huge discounts – without your having to wait for a specified number of people to come on board to activate the offer.
And, mind you, the service doesn’t attract penny-pinching Pinoys… because only Division 1 establishments, products and services are “anointed” as vendors.
DG acts like a magnet to people like me who dream of taking that dream trip to Palawan or biting into a Bistecca steak or welcoming the New Year at the Intercon or having dinner at legendary Tita Moning’s… but are made to think twice, thrice when confronted by the huge bill that the pleasure will entail.
The huge discount – oftentimes over 30% – is the deal breaker.
Thinking about the new experiences just around the corner (with huge discounts… for a limited period) is making me rethink my attitude about our favorite holiday.
I reckon this Christmas won’t be such a bad deal after all.
With a little help from Deal Grocer.
Even for a limited period.