From birdseed loaf to pulled pork rort, site swaps tips on the cheap, cheap, cheap

Bargain hunter Tom Nguyen with some of the things he’s bought on the cheap. Photo: Steven Siewert Tom Nguyen says he fed his family take-out for a week using a Delivery Hero discount code. Photo: Steven Siewert
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Can you save money by grinding down birdseed into flour, and then making bread with it?

Does pulled pork have less pork in it than … non-pulled pork? Does that make it a scam?

How do you convince your significant other that it’s still a romantic dinner – even though you’re paying in coupons?

These are the questions that obsess Australia’s leading bargain hunters, the membership of OzBargain.

For 10 years, the site has been drawing the value-conscious together to share deals and money-saving tips.

“People think on OzBargain you ought to buy first and think about what it’s for later – just because it’s cheap,” founder Scott Yang tells Fairfax from his home office.

Mr Yang started the site as a personal blog a decade ago, and has watched it grow into a sprawling community.

It’s now the seventh-biggest shopping-related website in the country and the fastest growing, according to Roy Morgan research.

The site’s key function is a rolling list of deals submitted by members. About 100 are submitted each day, with members voting on the best.

Top deals recently have included cheap phones, clothing, headphones, TVs and frozen turkey breasts.

But the real action is in the site’s sprawling forums. This is where the most devoted deal-chasers lurk.

Like the person who posted about grinding birdseed into flour (for the record: birdseed is generally marked as “not for human consumption” and is more expensive than flour, which is 75 cents a kilogram at the supermarket).

Or like Winston Chui​. He went to buy a mirror at Masters’ closing-down sale.

After finding the best deal, he hurried home – where he bought Masters gift cards online at a 5 per cent discount, and then used them to buy the mirror. Total savings: 23.5 per cent.

“It’s a bit trivial, but it’s fun! It’s the thrill of getting something unexpectedly cheap,” he says.

When OzBargain posted about a 75 per cent off moving sale at Target, Mr Chui was quickly on the scene.

“Now in my wardrobe probably about 70 per cent of the clothes I own are from Target. And I have enough button-up collared shirts that I could probably wear a different one each day for three weeks.”

OzBargain “changed my lifestyle”, says another use, Tom Nguyen, before adding, “the wife hates it”.

“She hates the site because she likes to pay full price. She’s accepted it now. She goes OK, you’re going to read about it online, and then buy it – three days later.”

Mr Nguyen says he bought many of the possessions in his house using deals posted on OzBargain, including his TV and fridge. He got his home loan the same way.

He fed his family take-out for a week using a Delivery Hero discount code.

What’s the weirdest thing he’s seen on the site?

“Ooh, the weirdest things – are we allowed to talk about forum posts? The pulled pork is a scam post – because they give you less pork for the money,” he says, laughing. Ten years of OzBargain deals – the best of the bestSave money on a McDonalds’ McFlurry by ordering the ice cream and topping as separate menu items, then mixing them yourselfA price error on a fake-camera-lens-mug cost Kogan $30,000 after OzBargain members noticed it$5 of free credit from PayPal​A $40 gift card from Rebel Sport if you pay $1 to sign up to a newspaper subscription (the subscription can then be cancelled)A $2 hamburger meal deal from Hungry Jack’s (“I won’t cook in the next month”, replied one forum member)A $9 printer, thanks to a pricing error (although the company will still get you on the ink prices)

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