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Meet Frugal Upstate-1 of the 11 Guru's of Money Saving Tips for WalMart

August 5th, 2008 at 04:05 pm

I met Frugal UpState on Twitter, ever heard of a vlog? Read on to find out what she says:

"In conjunction with their new motto "Save Money, Live Better", Walmart is creating a money saving community centered on YouTube. The eleven gurus have each received a Flip Video Camera to do vlog's (that's short for video blog). These vlogs will be posted on the Walmart channel (as well as here on [ed: my] site-actually I can even post them here on the site BEFORE they show up on the brand channel-yet another wonderful reason to subscribe to my feed).

Each of the gurus will also be featured on the site, with plenty of linkage back to our blogs. We will probably be highlighted in Walmart fliers, and probably interviewed and reported on in our home town papers at the very least.

The project will kick off shortly after Labor Day with a contest where everyone can enter a money saving video clip for a chance to win a years worth of free groceries from Walmart.

I am thrilled to be chosen for this project. One of the things that I appreciate the most about it is that Walmart is being very hands off. They want us to Vlog about whatever we, as the gurus, feel is important.

There are no scripts, guidance, or topics provided by Walmart, and they are not requiring us to get any sort of approval of our videos prior to posting. The videos are not supposed to be about Walmart. As a matter of fact, they chose one blogger knowing full well that she blogs extensively about saving money by playing the drugstore game at CVS.

There is a very real concern, both on the part of Walmart and of all of the eleven bloggers that we remain true to our own viewpoints and ethics. To be completely clear-this is not a paid position, and I am completely in control of my own content."


WOW! Here's to a good experience for her!

4 Responses to “Meet Frugal Upstate-1 of the 11 Guru's of Money Saving Tips for WalMart”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Why take pride in doing that for Walmart without pay???

  2. sillyoleme Says:

    I'd say if she were paid... that would compromise her honesty for alot of people. If I know someone is getting paid by a company, they are probably getting paid to say what the company wants said.

    But then again I don't think Walmart is an evil company, the way alot of people seem to.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The person is doing a free commercial for the company, whether it is evil or the apex of virtue. Doesn't matter whether it is Walmart or not. Whose idea was it that it was no one would be paid? The company (Walmart) probably used the statement that it would not want to violate others' personal ethics by paying them as a way to screen out those who were not so gullible. Anyone can post their frugal videos on You-Tube anytime. There is no need to associate with Walmart to do it.

  4. sillyoleme Says:

    Ahh, but would it get the instant publicity that Walmart offers? Probably not... especially swimming in the thousands (if not millions) of videos on YouTube.

    I say as long as they are really staying true to their ideas and values... then they just might help someone out there, whether Walmart is associated with it or not.

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