My first impression of BeCentsAble was similar to my reaction to books offering to teach me how to become wealthy: “Start by not buying this book and saving the money instead,” my common sense chimes in whenever I see titles like How to Get Rich. BeCentsAble is a group that charges $25 to attend money saving workshops. That $25 charge immediately made me suspicious that BeCentsAble members profit from the collection of $25 per head in workshops more so than in shopping savings.
BeCentsAble just might be an economy driven solution to the downfall of the home party market, I concluded. People who are economizing are likely less inclined to invest in the somewhat pricey Pampered Chef cookware or Discovery Toys or any of the other myriad products sold primarily through in-home marketing to friends. The MommyBiz market is on the decline so why not lure in those former spenders with promises of making them savers?
BeCentsAble professes to “awaken your shopping CentsAbilities.” The website lists hot deals, offers printable coupons, free samples- like so many other coupon sites: Coupon Mom, Coupon Club, DealCatcher, Coupon Mountain, Coupons.com, Coupon Surfer, Cents-off… So how is BeCentsAble any different?
I went to the BeCentsAble website to see what the group says about its offerings. Ho-hum. Organize coupons. Make space in your pantry for bulk buying. Sign up for store loyalty cards. This is supposed to consume week one of new BeCentsAble members’ time. By week 5, the new BeCentsAble member is religiously persusing sales ads, adhering to menu plans, stocking up on sale items. Nope, nothing new or intriguing here. There are plenty of coupon websites competing with BeCentsAble and so far nothing grabbed me as innovative or unique.
My next stop was the workshops section of the BeCentsAble website. What kind of workshops are offered? The BeCentsAble website doesn’t describe workshop content in the workshop sign-up section. To learn what types of workshops are available requires perusal of the “become a BeCentsAble educator” section. That section fully confirmed my suspicions as to what BeCentsAble is all about with headings like “workshop commissions,” “team commissions,” “bonuses” and “promotions.” Smells like a multi-tier marketing scheme to me.
So bypassing BeCentsAble, I am going to be sensible instead. No way will I join an organization that is going to charge me money to give me the same pedestrian advice I can obtain free elsewhere with ease, and no way do I want to get involved with any multi-tier marketing scheme where the real money is made by those at the top of the pyramid who are most successful at recruiting new converts.