Need Helpful Savings Tips? Kate Can Help!

Procter & Gamble opened a new store on Black Friday... and who was there? Our very favorite budget queen.

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I wonder if she took the kids to Manhattan or if she left them on the holiday weekend.

120 comments:

margojata said...

Oh, here we go again! Money saving tips! How to live on a tight budget? Does that include purchasing a million dollar plus house? The absurdity of this nonsense is mind boggling. When are these losers going to quit crying "poor"?

Anonymous said...

She makes such a fool of herself. I wonder how her personal chef cuts corners?

Anonymous said...

This is funny! The "fresh from Hawaii," "million dollar home" Kate is going to tell us how to pinch pennies. If we follow her advice, will we attain her financial status????? This woman's audacity knows no bounds!

Anonymous said...

"Exploiting your kids is a great way to get some extra cash. That's my biggest secret. But since I'm special and nobody else should be able to make money off of a TV show, you peasants will all have to shop here.

Well good-bye peons, I am off to the spa! And no autographs please, I'm preparing remove my fake smile sometime within the next minute. Be sure to look for these products being used at my house next week!"

UniStudent said...

It truly is amazing that someone who appareantly has zero personality can become a spokesperson for anything at all, let along a budget friendly campaign.

ThreeFarmers said...

Seriously, Michelle Duggar is the one who know how to stretch a dollar in ways that Katie can't fathom.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God....J&K don't know what it's like to struggle. They get everything handed to them on a silver platter and have for the past several years, They need to quit crying "poor us" and holding out their hands for freebies.

timetogokon said...

When will the madness end ?

I hope every one of you posts a comment - I did !

KONspiracytheory said...

For those who just can't get enough of QFI's wisdom, here's a link to her "Brown Bag Tips":

http://www.wzzm13.com/life/programming/local/take_five/links_story.aspx?storyid=98354

Ravello said...

KON is a total sham, what a joke. Clipping coupons in the 1.3 million dollar KONPOUND?
They probably dont get a newspaper and I doubt they surf the Internet for coupons.

Slap in the face to struggling Americans.

C said...

She was in NYC today at the same store making an appearance. Boy she sure does fly solo alot these days! Wonder if Jon is feeling lonely and blue?

momof3andlovingit said...

Well, I just e-mailed P&G my feelings on their new spokes-hag.
I guess I need to find a new line of make-up and a new detergent and the list goes on! LOL!
What a joke!!! Do these people not do any research!

shelbysmom said...

I'm sure the family celebrated Thanksgiving some time ago so they could have several takes and editing done for an upcoming show. As Kate has said before, they have several traditions and I'm sure running off to New York is a tradition for them now. Most Moms with a few kids let alone 8 are exhausted after Thanksgiving Day but not Kate.

I have been reading this blog for several months and pass along as much info as possible to anyone who may mention this family. I have noticed the list of comments has gone up extremely in the last few weeks. I think and hope this will be noticed by the right person one day and these kids will get to have a normal life. I just hope it is not too late.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

The only one that Kate is fooling is herself! She does make a complete fool of herself.

Why don't we see Michelle Duggar doing things like Kate does?

Anonymous said...

Where are the comments on the website with the article? I see a place to leave comments but I don't see any.

Spokes-hag....ROFL, love it!

momof5 said...

I left a comment days ago. I am really tired of the KONgame this 2 have going. Anyone know what specific products she's hawking for P&G? I need to mark them off my list.

timetogokon said...

Where are the comments on the website with the article? I see a place to leave comments but I don't see any.

Spokes-hag....ROFL, love it!

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Maybe they were inundated with negative comments. When I posted mine, there were about 20 comments, only a few positive.

ICExploitation said...

I'm sure the family celebrated Thanksgiving some time ago so they could have several takes and editing done for an upcoming show.

Didn't Kate say for People online that she is expecting 15 plus people for Thanksgiving? IIRC she also said she makes all the pies herself. 15 People? Jon, Kate, Mady, Cara + the tups, Jenny & Camera men - well I guess that sounds about right.

Chris said...

I stopped using Pampers when she became a spokesperson. I'm only one person who has 3 little ones in diapers, but for me it's just my own little personal refusal & boycott to not purchase anything that sponsors the show (or Kate) for personal profit & financial gain at the expense of the Gosselin kids.

momof3andlovingit said...

Chris ~
I totally understand.
Maybe me not purchasing P&G products won't make a big impact, but at least I know I didn't contribute to the exploitation!

Chris said...

momof3andlovingit - that's my point too. I didn't go on a writing campaign for every single sponsor that gives money to promote this show, but if the product being shown on their show or commercials during it is something I use, I did send emails (Gap & P&G & VTech) and won't buy from them anymore. Oh well, we are just a few people, but I refuse to purchase anything from the sponsors of this show.

Tigerfan said...

3rd Rock From The Sun said...
The only one that Kate is fooling is herself! She does make a complete fool of herself.

Why don't we see Michelle Duggar doing things like Kate does?

12/03/2008 4:36 PM

Because Michelle Duggar actually spends her days actually doing the 'things' that Kate Gosselin merely promotes. Michelle Duggar doesnt have to SELL or PROMOTE the illusion of what it must be like to raise a large family ie stretching a budget there exists more than enough 'evidence' that speaks for itself. Kate Gosselin on the other hand serves nothing more than a spokesperson for but in no way represents an example of. Unlike the self promoted Kate Gosselin, Michelle Duggar does not seek outward for validation of her role as mother/wife. Michelle Duggar provides the reality that creates the ILLUSION that IS Kate Gosselin !!!!!

missusdoubtfire said...

Spokesperson! lolololol. What's she gonna say?... " um hullo, um, whatever, um, yeah, um, buy this um stuff um because um it's kinda the um stuff we um use um in our um house. um can I have my check now? It's lunch and um I work my schedule um around eating."

Rufus said...

The only thing Kate Gosselin is qualified to hawk for P&G is hemmorhoid cream, because she's become quite the pain in the @$$.

And maybe earwax removal products. I was flipping channels and saw her sitting on the couch digging wax out of her ear with her pinky.

WisIrish said...

OMG, I just was on Amazon and there's a new book called, "Eight Little Faces by Kate Gosselin". It's about her life lessons taught to her by God in getting through her life.

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little reading the description. The kids faces are on the cover.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Tigerfan,

Thanks for the comment on Michelle Duggar. I like her. I think she is sincere in her manner and a good mom. She smiles alot, and that says something about her.

teacher said...

I know this is not the correct place to post this but since we don't have a general discussion anymore I am hoping the moderators will let this through.
I am very upset and need to say it.
The 4th of July parade episode was on this afternoon. I am so upset by the beginning of the show when Jon takes the gum out of Leah/Alexis mouth. (I am not sure which one it was) I did not see this part in the show but it was at the beginning promo's. He was so rough and forceful with her. I rewound to view it again and see if I saw correctly and I hit the "slow motion button" by mistake. It was awful seeing them hurt this child just to take gum out of her mouth. The look on her face was heartbreaking. My heart is truly breaking and I am very bothered by what I saw. Has anyone else seen this specific scene and how do you feel? What can we do for these helpless children? How can TLC think that this parental behavior is cute?

blueyedangel1207 said...

ICExploitation said...
I'm sure the family celebrated Thanksgiving some time ago so they could have several takes and editing done for an upcoming show.

Didn't Kate say for People online that she is expecting 15 plus people for Thanksgiving? IIRC she also said she makes all the pies herself. 15 People? Jon, Kate, Mady, Cara + the tups, Jenny & Camera men - well I guess that sounds about right.

12/03/2008 5:18 PM

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I was thinking the same thing when I read the article. Why is it that I'm highly doubting she had 15 people there (or flaked out on them) to go to NYC to work? Either that or left Jon and the kids there with 15 people to head to NYC to work.

Cindi said...

Kate's money saving tips

Let T.L.C give you FREEBIES ALWAYS.
That is how you save money folks.

Oh wait...You have to have 8 kids first and then exploit them.

Sidney said...

Apparently comments have been locked on that site. I couldn't leave one word.

teacher said...

Sidney,
Are you talking about the P+G site...not being able to leave a comment. I just left a lengthy one just now.

Sammy G said...

If that site is blocking all comments maybe you could go directly to the P & G website and leave comments there.

Wendy Bird said...
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Cindi said...

To TEACHER SAID...

I dont generally talk about a subject that doesn't pertain to this site but to answer your question. I know what you mean about how the tups get food/candy taken away from them. Ice cream @ Disney World and the one that hurts me the most. When little Aaden was not allowed to eat his own birthday cupcake that he made. When I remember his little hurt face it breaks my heart. Kate talks about money saving tips yet she wastes food....Poor little kiddos:-(

Wendy Bird said...

Oh how I wish that P & G had their Charmin space in Times Square this year like they did two years ago.

Proctor & Gamble rented space to promote Charmin, and set up a very upscale bathroom experience for the holiday tourists. There was an escalator ride to a waiting room with very plush white couches, a kid's dance floor, a fireplace and flat-screened TV's. When one of the twenty restrooms became vacant, you were escorted there by a very cheerful attendant.

This would have been the perfect PR opportunity for Kate! (for those who just fell off a white resin throne, PR stands for Public Relations.) She could have welcomed all of her fans whilst sitting atop her new white (porcelain) throne!

Kate has so many potty training tips to share, like leaving your little boy on the potty for half an hour because he can't pee under so much pressure (camera crew, I am talking to you.)

Kate could have padded her pockets with more twenty dollar bills by selling pictures of herself with everyone's "first New York poop."

Sadly, I think this is something that she could really be good at promoting. I don't want her to become good at promoting anything, but she loves to talk about pee and poop...

Even though she didn't use any toilet paper while potty training the tups, I am sure that Kate would have no problem saying that she used Charmin and that it is "awesome" if she was getting paid.

Just a random thought that made me smile.

Lisa said...

Surely Kate knows that P&G products are not 'organic' and 'green' right?

Linda said...

momof3andlovingit 12/03/2008 4:10 PM--

Of course they did their research. And, yes you contribute to the exploitation everytime you post here.

LauraJean said...

The 15 people she had for Thanksgiving were the 10 in her family and the five TV crew members.

Soup said...

Why do people assume that because they now have money that they no longer budget it? Why do you assume that they are now suddenly not interested in saving money, buying sale items, etc.?

I guess if you suddenly became wealthy you would just disregard sales and stuff? If you say no, or yes, does that make you better or worse than them?

They may have more money now but that doesn't mean they can't be aware of their spending habits. Maybe they do still clip coupons and whatnot so that they can save as much of their money as they can for the kids, the future, etc. Ya know, the things you all believe they should be saving for.

teacher said...

Cindi,
Like you I am heartbroken with some of the situations that TLC airs. But this 4th of July episode bothers me the most. Even though the child would not spit out the gum, there was no need for Jon to be that physically aggressive with her to get it out. It was almost like he was going to win and she was not going to be able to keep it in her mouth. The look on her face was horrible, one of hurt and fear.
There is no need for that!

Onomatopoeia said...

"...P&G has tapped Kate Gosselin, star of the show Jon and Kate Plus 8, as a spokesperson."

Oh, so now SHE'S the star of the show? Um...excusez-moi? The only thing her Royal HighnASS is the star of is this total sham of a show that exploits her children for the almighty $$$.

Sorry - methinks there is not enough room here to write all the snark that I've been cogitating since reading the Brandweek article...

Dunwoody Mom said...

You all do realize that Kate is now the "star" of the show and Jon and the kids are just supporting actors, right?

ThreeFarmers said...

Why do people assume that because they now have money that they no longer budget it? Why do you assume that they are now suddenly not interested in saving money, buying sale items, etc.?

I guess if you suddenly became wealthy you would just disregard sales and stuff? If you say no, or yes, does that make you better or worse than them?

They may have more money now but that doesn't mean they can't be aware of their spending habits. Maybe they do still clip coupons and whatnot so that they can save as much of their money as they can for the kids, the future, etc. Ya know, the things you all believe they should be saving for.



You don't have to budget if you never spend your own money.

iltsim said...

I have no idea where Jon & Kate spent Thanksgiving but they were in Memphis the Friday through Sunday following Thansgiving. They must have been here to give gifts to the patients at St. Jude for the upcoming 12/15 episode.

Moons in Leo said...

Wendybird, P&G is sponsoring toilets in Times Square again this year. Joey Fatone cut the red ribbon recently.

The public lavatories have tuxedoed attendants, flat screen televisions and all the Charmin anyone could possibly want.

:)

Zanda said...

Some people were commenting that they could not leave comments on the P&G site. I was just on it and left a comment. Everyone--go leave yours now!

photochic2642 said...

I went straight to the P&G website and left them an email. Here is the response:
"Thanks for contacting us.

We rely heavily on consumer comments regarding our advertisements, and feedback like yours will help us decide how to approach future advertising efforts. Please be assured I'm letting our marketing team know how you feel.

Thanks again for writing.

P&G Team"

Mary from PA said...

"I guess if you suddenly became wealthy you would just disregard sales and stuff? If you say no, or yes, does that make you better or worse than them?"

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So am I supposed to ASSUME that Kate really puts things on lay-away at K-Mart because they can't afford to buy things outright anymore. That she actually goes grocery shopping for her own family now... PLEEEEEZE.... Katie Irene hasn't seen the inside of a grocery stores for months or even years... and that's a fact.

Gregory House said...

Need to pinch a penny or two? Don't buy organic- that stuff is usually hella expensive. Don't wear name brand clothes(Gap, Gymbo, "Designer jeans"), don't use name brand products(Tide, Clorox, Pledge, Swiffer), don't shop at regular grocery stores- go to warehouse type stores(BJ's, Sams, even Super Walmart), don't buy a vehicle that takes Diesel(there are 15 passenger vans that run on gas), and above and beyond all that- don't blow a few thousand dollars on fertility treatments just to have a litter of babies at once, and then cry destitution. Oh... and the million dollar house... don't have one of those either.

If they had naturally conceived 6 all at one time with no help, this would be a completely different story. But no- they played ovarian roulette and lost. It's high time these two Z listers paid the piper.

Cassandra said...

I think what the general public doesn't realize about the Gosselins is that they are now making more money off their "sponsors" than they are making off their shows. They are not a poverty stricken family. They aren't struggling to feed these children or clothe them. Heck, they will have enough money for their future education, weddings, braces, health care, etc... enough to last them their entire lifetime.

The entertainment business is a never ending pool of funds for shows like this and the Gosselins are going to stay on the bandwagon so long as it keeps rolling.

They don't care how they obtain their wealth so long as they don't ever have to ever REALLY work. They don't care that before they know it their children's childhood will be gone and no amount of wealth will bring it back. But quite frankly, I don't think they will EVER care about that issue. All they see is dollar signs and that they never had to work for it.

ANYONE can have sextuplets these days, just not EVERYONE does. For good reason.

jsg said...

When are sponsors and TLC going to wake up? Stop it already and get these buffoons off the air, and anywhere public.

Charlie Rose said...

"If they had naturally conceived 6 all at one time with no help, this would be a completely different story. But no- they played ovarian roulette and lost. It's high time these two Z listers paid the piper."

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And they all said Amen. I couldn't agree with you more.

Marie-France said...

LauraJean said...
The 15 people she had for Thanksgiving were the 10 in her family and the five TV crew members.
12/04/2008 4:26 AM
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How very sad and pathetic! Celebrating the holiday with your film and production crew. I hope Aunt Jodi and Uncle Kevin and their kids had a great holiday! I wonder how Jodi is doing.

Mom, Wife and Professional. In no particular order! said...

I don't understand the people on this site. Why is all of the name calling OK?

I do not support the Gosselins filming their children and making money off of them, but I can not understand why those that have different opinions on this subject are classified into odd names such as "sheeples", etc?

For a group that appears to HATE this family so much then why are there some on here watching the shows and doing full recaps of them?

I never watch the show and feel that is worth more then continuing to watch it and give it higher ratings.

I am sure this may not even be posted, and if it does I will likely be ripped apart by many of you on here.

It truly is sad.

Charlie Rose said...

It truly is sad.

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What is TRULY sad is the Gosselins and the predictament they have put themselves in. No one forced them to have those children, no one forced them to have tv crews in their home, no one shoved their entire family aside for "fame".

In fact, Kate welcomed the "fame" into their life. She admitted that. She is the one who sent the networks letters telling them about her children in hopes of landing a tv show. She knew EXACTLY what she was doing ALONG. Although I won't stoop to calling them names, what they are doing is completely wrong. Just because you can give birth (the unnatural way) does not make you a hero or fit parents. Giving your children a normal life with LOTS of love is what makes you great parents.

Think about it. If every doctor treated every single patient the same way they treated Kate, imagine how over-populated this world would be! and the sense of entitlement is sickening.

fxfanatic said...

I only have 1 kid to sell, Kate.
Sorry. She's not for sale.

Tight budget my ASS. These people have gotten everything handed to them. Why? Because they reproduced excessively. Big freaking deal.

I'm so sick of this KON and will no long buy P&G products. I wrote them because this made me so disgusted.

ThreeFarmers said...

I do not support the Gosselins filming their children and making money off of them, but I can not understand why those that have different opinions on this subject are classified into odd names such as "sheeples", etc?

Because it would take up too much time and bandwidth to list them all by name.

I understand your point, but when a person shares a certain belief system, they often referred to in a cumulative way. Rush Limbaugh likes to toss around the term "feminazis" when talking about women who fight for their rights.

It's just a fact of life that terms like that are developed and tossed around when certain emerging ideologies come to light. People will always come up with those sorts of names... celebutard and yuppie are two more that come to mind.

Sheila said...

C said...
She was in NYC today at the same store making an appearance. Boy she sure does fly solo alot these days! Wonder if Jon is feeling lonely and blue?

12/03/2008 4:00 PM
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Jon was probably grateful for the break. He could play with the kids without being interrupted by Kate demanding that he do something for her.

momof3andlovingit said...

Linda said...
momof3andlovingit 12/03/2008 4:10 PM--

Of course they did their research. And, yes you contribute to the exploitation everytime you post here.

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Excuse me???
How pray tell am I contributing to the exploitation of the Gosselin children by posting here?
I don't watch the show, I won't buy the book or any products that are endorsed on their "show".
That's my choice and it's my way of protesting what I feel is the mistreatment of these children.

Wendy Bird said...

Moons in Leo said...
Wendybird, P&G is sponsoring toilets in Times Square again this year. Joey Fatone cut the red ribbon recently.

The public lavatories have tuxedoed attendants, flat screen televisions and all the Charmin anyone could possibly want.

:)


Joey Fatone, when they could have had Kate Gosselin?!

Thanks, Moons in Leo. I didn't know that they did it this year, also.

Liz said...

Kate is the type of women who buys groceries with food stamps and drives home with them in a Cadillac.

Dunwoody Mom said...

"sheeple" is a term to people who cannot think for themselves, "followers" so to speak. That pretty much sums up the people who still find some redeeming value in Kate and Jon.

ashley said...

Liz, its true, she is. Except she is far too important to buy her own groceries, she has hired help for that, DUH! @@ lol

timetogokon said...

Seems to be a lot of confusion on some of the terminology on this site. For all the newcomers out there, here is a quick hit reference guide that may help you understand future posts.


SHEEPLE: It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority, or suggestion without sufficient research to fully understand the scope of the ramifications involved in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority figure believed to be trustworthy, without processing it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them

KON = (K)ate + J(on), also a play on CON (as in artists)

These "gate" descriptions were created on this site but are factual in every aspect. These scenes were aired and are not speculation or rumor.


JOELGATE (Cooking with the Twins): the kids are sick with the flu. Joel vomits on his comforter. Kate calls him "vomitous boy" and makes him sleep on the laundry room floor with nothing but a thin blanket underneath him.

COLLINGATE (Babies and Bunk Beds, I think?): Collin is severely constipated but Kate wants the whole family to go look at bunk beds anyway. Collins is in pain, crying and Kate cannot take herself away from the bed catalogue to tend to him. Jon takes him to the van to manually "aid" him.

GUMGATE (can't remember the episode name): Aunt Jodi gives the tups gum while babysitting. Some of the gum gets on Joel's sock and Collin's blankie. Kate goes competely nuts, threatens to throw away Collin's blanket as he's crying, and scolds Aunt Jodi for giving the gum.

DISNEYGATE (Going South?): Kate again loses her marbles when the kids get ice cream on their clothing while vacationing at Disneyworld in Orlando.

CUPCAKEGATE(The Tups Turn 4): Kate takes the kids to a bakery for a private cupcake party. The boys don't eat enough lunch, so Kate doesn't let them eat the cupcakes they just decorated, but does let the twins and girl tups eat their cupcakes, right in front of the boys.


These are all often mentioned in posts, so I thought it would be nice to have a handy reference.

Irish-Gal said...

Just to let you know, GUMGATE was on Mady's Day.

nosheeple said...

I never watch the show and feel that is worth more then continuing to watch it and give it higher ratings.

I am sure this may not even be posted, and if it does I will likely be ripped apart by many of you on here.
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Well something had to bug you enough about KON to lead you to this place. I know you didn't come here just to judge the opinions everyone chooses to post, right?; )

ThreeFarmers said...

You know, I just went to the TLC website and went through all the episodes through all 4 seasons, and not one mentions Disney.

Could it be that Icecreamgate is too embarrassing to acknowledge?

Seriously, couldn't find a single mention of Disney. I know it wasn't the Heading South epi. That was when they left for NC.

VOR said...

ThreeFarmers said...
Why do people assume that because they now have money that they no longer budget it? Why do you assume that they are now suddenly not interested in saving money, buying sale items, etc.?

I guess if you suddenly became wealthy you would just disregard sales and stuff? If you say no, or yes, does that make you better or worse than them?

They may have more money now but that doesn't mean they can't be aware of their spending habits. Maybe they do still clip coupons and whatnot so that they can save as much of their money as they can for the kids, the future, etc. Ya know, the things you all believe they should be saving for.



You don't have to budget if you never spend your own money.

If they never spend their own money, then why do you think they aren't saving anything up for the future. Where is this money they've been earning going? You can't have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

Was I mistaken? Didn't the TLC Statement say the show enabled
Kate to stay home with her children??? What a bunch of
contradictions...or show I say
KONtradictions. I won't be buying P&G products anymore.

Sable said...

I laughed out loud when Timetogokon said, while listing all the "gates" that "Kate loses her marbles again when..." Not that those shows weren't disgraceful, but Kate "loses her marbles" regularly and it is such a funny way of putting it. Thanks.

Cheryl said...

I just wrote P&G. I told them I had been using Tide and Downey for thirty years. However, their choice to use Kate Gosselin as a spokesperson forced me to make the choice of no longer using Tide and Downey.

C J said...

"KONspiracytheory said...
For those who just can't get enough of QFI's wisdom, here's a link to her "Brown Bag Tips":

http://www.wzzm13.com/life/programming/local/take_five/links_story.aspx?storyid=98354

12/03/2008 3:46 PM"

All I can say is... What a joke. Seriously, does anyone believe that Kate wrote those hints. She can't string two coherent sentences together. Someone more articulate than her wrote that.

ThreeFarmers said...

VOR

All I said was the following. "You don't have to budget if you never spend your own money." And it was in reference to all the freebies they get. It was a snarky exaggeration.

We need to pay attention to whom we are quoting.

timetogokon said...

If they never spend their own money, then why do you think they aren't saving anything up for the future. Where is this money they've been earning going? You can't have it both ways.

*** Oh, I'm quite certain Kate and Jon have a nice, hefty nest egg for THEMSELVES. Too bad they didn't earn a dime of it.

One of the main concerns of this site (and Paul Petersen) is ensuring the children have accounts
padded with the money they earned .

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to Sable: you're welcome =)

NDmom said...

Just wondering of Jon could explain to all of us what P&G stands for??!!  I need help...

Respect said...

Okay - here is the thing, people that go through any sort of hard time are a source of information on how to get through the hard times.

They have money now - fine.

They can buy pretty much whatever they want - fine.

It is not the point on how they got the money, so stop tearing people apart when they try to make a point that has nothing to do with where the money came from. (The back up argument for this site is how it’s earned – it’s like children on a play ground who say because in order to win an argument, instead of having a different opinion).

Here is my point – I was once very poor, we lived off of rice and top ramen. I clipped coupons; I did without & scrimped and saved. My family is very well off now. Funny thing is I still clip coupons, shop on a budget, go to the brand name Outlet Centers, look for good deals & great sales, etc.

People look at me and say the same thing you are all saying about Kate – you have money, how dare you speak to me about clipping coupons when you live in your big house & drive a newer car. You don’t know what you are talking about.

Well, the reason why I have money & can live in a nice house, and newer car (by the way it is just a 05 Honda – not a Lexus) & have no debt is because of what I learned when I was poor.

So, to bash someone who learned how to budget & stretch a dollar is absurd.

I will not argue with you over how they use (used) their children as a stepping stone to get where they are today. That with out the children they would still be working as an IT guy & a possibly cold hearted nurse. I also will not argue with you that they should stop filming their show. I think the children deserve some respect & privacy. I agree. Totally agree on this.

However, maybe she is getting all of these endorsements, knowing that the end is near. Maybe these endorsements will signal the end of the show. She will make more money doing these types of endorsements, then she will ever make doing a reality show.

Think about that for a while…and before you bash me, remember that I too have feelings. I am not using my kids as a moneymaker. This is just my honest opinion about her endorsements.

Serena said...

Well, the reason why I have money & can live in a nice house, and newer car (by the way it is just a 05 Honda – not a Lexus) & have no debt is because of what I learned when I was poor.

And the reason that J&K live where they do now and have what they have now is NOT because of what they learned when they were poor. That is the point of the criticism.

The only thing they have learned is how to exploit their children to avoid poverty, hence the hypocrisy of their presuming to "teach" us their "money-saving" tips. They are pretending to teach us from their own experience when in fact they are not doing any such thing. If there ever was a day when Kate actually clipped coupons, it was a few months at most... the majority of their climb out of poverty was over the backs of their children. Perhaps someone should commission them to teach THAT lesson instead; then we wouldn't have any hypocrisy to complain about.

Abenteuer said...

Give me a break-- only a fool would believe anythink Kate says. Does everyone who shops at KMart (like Kate supposedly does) have a $1.3M home?

timetogokon said...

When I think of everyone (including me) writing letters to sponsors and getting lame, mass-produced responses, I think of 2 scenarios where the sponsors did the right thing:

1) Several years ago, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the infamous biatch from Apprentice(she could give Kate some competition), was tagged to be a Clairol spokewoman. Clairol received so many complaints that it pulled the ads.

2)Earlier this year, Dunkin Donuts received complaints that , in one of their ads , Rachael Ray was wearing a scarf that looked similiar to those worn by extremist Muslims. Even though Rachael is still a spokesperson, those particular ads were pulled.

It is infuriating and frustrating that a HUGE company like P&G, mainstream shows like GMA ,The Today Show, Ellen and Oprah, and mainstream magazines promoting family values like Good Housekeeping and Redbook won't do the right thing.

Just once, I would love to hear about a company saying NO THANKS to the Greedy G's. I know it's all about the mighty buck, but seriously, do these sponsors really think that promoting KON will boost profits enough to offset loss of consumer trust and brand reputation? Oprah promoted James Frey's book, A Million Little Pieces. When the book was found to be mostly fictional writing instead of a memoir, Oprah had Mr Frey on another show to basically say "Shame on You" . Why can't she do the same with KON?

Sorry for the rant, but after seeing so many lame, blanket, impersonal responses to the letters we have written, I needed to vent.


PS I think someone did post that either Home Depot or Loew's did in fact decline an offer, which would be great.

Annie said...

Just wondering: why does being rich not allow you to share budgeting tips?
Many people got wealthy by doing just that: budgeting (I'm NOT saying JK did).
After all, some of the more well-known financial advisors such as Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman tell us to budget and save money and they are wealthy.
Being rich does not preclude one from talking about budgeting.

Gregory House said...

Three Farmers:

you mentioned that you couldn't find the episode on TLC where they went to Disney. It was season 2, episode 11 "Jon and Kate Plus 8 Hit the Road". It aired 12/10/07. Needless to say, I couldn't find any mention of Disney there either. Hmmmmm...

tami said...

Ok, it is just a joke to me that people are reaching so far as to say maybe Kate still does budget, clip coupons, shop KMart. These companies were idiotic enough to hire her to promote their products. That does not mean she uses it! When she starts sporting a KMart wardrobe on the show I will believe it. When the kids wear anything from there, I'll believe it. She didn't get rich from clipping coupons and she does not need any of that now!

ThreeFarmers said...

Gregory House,

Thanks, I was looking for the word "Disney" in the title.

tami said...

So, to bash someone who learned how to budget & stretch a dollar is absurd.
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Oh please. She does not even try to sound believable. She just um um um's her way through and repeats the same old stuff like a robot. So by your comment we are take that you feel her advice has value? Sorry, but someone telling me how to make meatloaf that is not even a recipe with any originality--more like someone telling us how to make a hamburger patty--or to make a simple sandwich and cut it diagonally, or that she clips coupons, shops with a budget and uses layaway(yeah right Kate) is just useless and insulting. That is not telling anyone anything new. It's just someone with too much handed to them telling people lies. What is sad is when people believe the lies.

Marilee said...

Being rich does not preclude one from talking about budgeting.

Maybe not, but being rich by exploiting your children precludes one from offering "money-saving tips" and being respected for it.

Besides, money-saving tips are a dime a dozen; can anyone name a single new, innovative, clever, or unique tip KON have come up with?

stop the gravy train said...

All I can say is... What a joke. Seriously, does anyone believe that Kate wrote those hints. She can't string two coherent sentences together. Someone more articulate than her wrote that.
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We all know the kind of nonsense Kate was spouting when talking about those 'sandwich recipes' of hers. Someone clearly re-wrote and embellished all her priceless advice. My guess is the companies are getting so many complaints about her they decided she needed help stating her comments. Trouble is, we don't want to hear from her AT ALL! They don't get that!

Tangerine Tanya said...

TIMETOGOKON,

GREAT info for those who dont know.

What you posted was sad....But oh so true....GOOD JOB!

Lfwh said...

No doubt, Katie Irene was well compensated by P&G to be their spokes person. Maybe P&G bought the McMansion they just moved into for them to compensate Katie.

They may be getting a lot of freebies but they are also getting paid for every product they hock. But I would bet dollars to donuts that those poor kids will never see a dime. I just can't see Kon doing something sensible like setting up college funds or even trust funds for them. Heaven knows they must have enough money now to put their kids and maybe even Aunt Jodi's children through college. But that will never happen.

MsPeabody said...

Chris said...
momof3andlovingit - that's my point too. I didn't go on a writing campaign for every single sponsor that gives money to promote this show, but if the product being shown on their show or commercials during it is something I use, I did send emails (Gap & P&G & VTech) and won't buy from them anymore. Oh well, we are just a few people, but I refuse to purchase anything from the sponsors of this show.



Chris, hopefully the more people that write in and complain to these people and refuse to buy their products, they will see that having kate as a spokesperson brings sales down. I know that one person doesn't seem like much but when we write in numbers, they will get the message.

Vicki said...

I went to the Link, left my comment to Brandweek, came back later to read more comments and none were there to view. Guess
Brandweek had enough. (Site did
say the P&G article was most viewed
thus far.) Keep emailing P&G
your thoughts on their HUGH mistake.

Marsha said...

Serena--And the reason that J&K live where they do now and have what they have now is NOT because of what they learned when they were poor. That is the point of the criticism.

EXACTLY!!

Even before the show, they were living off of other people. Before the sextuplets, when they wanted something, Jon's dad would buy it for them. They didn't learn how to budget and live within their means. They held out their hands and were given everything they wanted.

Then when the sextuplets came along, another opportunity to beg. They had equity in their home, a nice savings account, but refused to use their own money. Family, friends, churches, their community and the state paid for everything.

Then the show came along, and the rest is history.

These endorsements are a joke! They are not where they are now because of budgeting, coupon clipping, layaway or any other money saving tips. Even if you take the exploitation factor out of it, they never had to worry about money because someone else was supporting them since the beginning. They have always lived above their means.

If Kate gets enough endorsements that they end the show, I would be happy. But I'm afraid that once the show ends, the deals will dry up. The show is their means to other opportunities, and I believe they will keep it going as long as possible.

Tigerfan said...

"So, to bash someone who learned how to budget & stretch a dollar is absurd."

It will require more than the simple fact of having 8 children and some dated film footage of Kate Gosselin grocery shopping (groceries that were more than likely paid by means other than out of J & K's own pocket) and using coupons to convince me that Kate Gosselin is of the knowledge and exerience to credibly represent herself as the spokesperson on consumer 'smart budgeting'. IMO, I find it ridiculous and insulting that P & G chooses to go the advertising route of 'dumbing down' the intelligence of the consumer by having Kate Gosselin as their product 'spokesperson'. In these desperate econommic times, if consumers are really interested in smart budgeting and stretching a dollar, they can utilize inexpensive options available in their own pantry, ie vinegar and baking soda instead of the expensive P & G cleaning products.

Jennifer said...

After all, some of the more well-known financial advisors such as Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman tell us to budget and save money and they are wealthy.
Being rich does not preclude one from talking about budgeting.


No, but Dave and Suze don't try to portray themselves as in need of charity now and have likely secured their credibility as financial advisors based on their history of success. They don't try to hide the fact that they are wealthy now.

On the other hand, the Gosselins *have to* hide their relative wealth because their appeal (and thus marketability/earning potential as spokespeople) is predicated upon their being a family who has had to (and continues to) struggle to make ends meet, and thus who the masses can relate to. Kate can't market herself as someone who has secured wealth for her entire family in under four years because she puts things on Layaway and clips coupons--it's clear to anyone with a brain and two eyes that that can't be true, so she has to continue to reinforce their public image as a regular, middle-class family.

Sheila said...

Can someone tell me what QFI means? I would hate to have to ask Jon.

SmartyQ said...

Sheila said... Can someone tell me what QFI means? I would hate to have to ask Jon.
You mean Prince Ka-Ching (PK-C). His wife is Queen Freebie Irene—hence QFI.

To those who suggest Kon clip coupons or budget, I remind you of their honeymoon video at Disneyland. Kate wanted to shop, and I suspect that wasn't because it was a novelty. Jon's father provided at least a hefty down payment for their first house when, if you will recall, they had only two children. He also supported them when Jon lost ::cough cough:: two jobs during the tups' gestation. (I am reminded, anent Jon's job losing ability, of Oscar Wilde's saying, 'To lose one parent is a tragedy, to lose both is careless.')

I'll wager that QFI will skimp on anything for anyone except Hannah and her. (And Hannah will come in second in a deciding who gets something first situation.) As with everything in QFI's life, she's the one who matters.

timetogokon said...

Irish Gal-
Thank you for the info!
The actual episode title for Gumgate is "Mady's Day".

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Tangerine Tanya-
You're welcome - I've only been blogging here since the summer, but these episodes are so often referenced because they are the best examples (if that makes sense) of Kate's horrible parenting and inability to cope with daily life.

Also, the definition of sheeple came from Wikipedia/Webster's - it is not a word that was "concocted" on this site. I only wish I were that articulate !!

And finally, I'm still waiting for some help with the title for Disneygate ? Helllllllllooooooooooooooo?!?! LOL

timetogokon said...

oops, didn't read far enough:
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Gregory House said...
Three Farmers:

you mentioned that you couldn't find the episode on TLC where they went to Disney. It was season 2, episode 11 "Jon and Kate Plus 8 Hit the Road". It aired 12/10/07.

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Disneygate = Jon & Kate + 8 Hit the Road

timetogokon said...

After all, some of the more well-known financial advisors such as Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman tell us to budget and save money and they are wealthy.
Being rich does not preclude one from talking about budgeting.

No, but Dave and Suze don't try to portray themselves as in need of charity now and have likely secured their credibility as financial advisors based on their history of success. They don't try to hide the fact that they are wealthy now.

On the other hand, the Gosselins *have to* hide their relative wealth because their appeal (and thus marketability/earning potential as spokespeople) is predicated upon their being a family who has had to (and continues to) struggle to make ends meet, and thus who the masses can relate to. Kate can't market herself as someone who has secured wealth for her entire family in under four years because she puts things on Layaway and clips coupons--it's clear to anyone with a brain and two eyes that that can't be true, so she has to continue to reinforce their public image as a regular, middle-class family.

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I agree completely Jennifer, and I would like to add one more thing:

Dave and Suze actually give sound advice - they know what they are doing, and have a proven track record.

What are Kate's brown-bagging tips ? PB&J with the crusts trimmed off , ham & cheese sandwiches cut on the diagonal.

What are Kate's budgeting tips?
Buy on sale and use coupons.

That Kate or her sponsors think that anybody needs to tell all of America these fantastic "tips" is incredibly insulting.

mom of multiples said...

They do NOT have a tight budget - period! It is so insulting to keep hearing this. Having Kate give money saving tips is an absolute joke! Most families have to REALLY save to go on vacations. No matter how long my family of six saved, we would never be able to take even one of KON's obscene, luxury, first class, extra special "star" treatment vacations. No matter how much I try to cut corners and save money, my children will never soley wear a wardrobe of Gymboree and Gap clothing (btw, hand me downs ROCK!)
Speaking of the clothes, I haven't dressed my triplets alike since they were babies, it's just so "cookie cutter" and doesn't look cute anymore and it doesn't look cute on the TUPS either!
I watched the Duggar show about how they save money and really cut corners and Michelle would be a spokeswoman that I would believe. Her kids wear thrift store clothes and shoes, they make their own laundry detergent, they make their own money saving meals (including *gasp* non organic ingredients!)
I am so tired of people thinking that because Kate Gosselin had 8 children, that for some reason she is special and an expert on anything.

Peggy said...

Why would anybody assume anybody else's financial status? So Jon and Kate have endorsements and they get free stuff via the sponsors of the show (which is how the show stays on the air. The sponors pay TLC).

I am not a fan, but I do think it is nobody's business to assume that Kate doesn't use Kmart layaway (one of the sponsors) just becuase they now are comfortable in their monetary situaion. Or, should I saw, more comortable than in the days of when jon lost his job and the six were just born.

I forget who it was here, but she pointed out that she worked her way to where she is and she still uses coupons and watches her money. She is correct in saying that that's how rich people get rich. Just because they have money, they don't have to blow it.

SchaedenKON said...

Kate was in NYC to appear at this P and G store on Black Friday 2008. Monday night's episode showed a mid-October 2008 trip to NYC with the family on GMA and in Central Park ( not shown in episode- outing to the Broadway show Mary Poppins). Tuesday morning's repeat showed the twins' photo shoot with Kate double speak of well, we don't have the lifestyle to just drop everything and be in New York in a half-hour.
Kate, you are reading this, here is a new idea I will give you. Please share your helpful savings tips for being able to commute so often to NYC! Please! Last I heard, you did not have the lifestyle to do so. I'm still clipping coupons, and I can't get to NYC but once every other year. Do you park and take the ferry over? Like Joan Cusack and Melanie Griffin in Working Girl? Please do tell.

C said...

But I'm afraid that once the show ends, the deals will dry up. The show is their means to other opportunities, and I believe they will keep it going as long as possible.

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Well, if they didn't buy a 1.3 million dollar house and saved their KIDS *cough cough* money they wouldn't have to worry about their sponsers dropping them, now would they. ; )

Jennifer said...

What are Kate's brown-bagging tips ? PB&J with the crusts trimmed off , ham & cheese sandwiches cut on the diagonal.

What are Kate's budgeting tips?
Buy on sale and use coupons.


Exactly, timetogokon. She can't give better advice than that because she doesn't have any. Why not? Because she doesn't actually know much about brown-bagging/food prep and budgeting.

Her answers whenever asked for parentings tips are eerily similar: be organized; stick to a schedule. I don't think I've ever heard her say anything beyond that.

timetogokon said...

Why would anybody assume anybody else's financial status? So Jon and Kate have endorsements and they get free stuff via the sponsors of the show (which is how the show stays on the air. The sponors pay TLC).

*** Exactly the point. Why would KON be clipping coupons and using layaway when they don't pay one red cent for anything? Why would KON need to budget when they aren't spending their own money (well, the kids' money, but that's a whole other discussion).


I am not a fan, but I do think it is nobody's business to assume that Kate doesn't use Kmart layaway (one of the sponsors) just becuase they now are comfortable in their monetary situaion. Or, should I saw, more comortable than in the days of when jon lost his job and the six were just born.

*** If they don't try to sling such BS all the time, I wouldn't have to call them on it. Unlike Dave R and Suze O, Kate's only proven track record is that she is a pathological liar who can't keep her stories straight. And, I don't think KON have ever been as strapped for cash as they want(ed) people to believe. Jon grew up in a privileged home, and Jon's dad gave them quite a bit of $ when he was alive.


I forget who it was here, but she pointed out that she worked her way to where she is and she still uses coupons and watches her money. She is correct in saying that that's how rich people get rich. Just because they have money, they don't have to blow it.

*** Yes, I read that and I say great for her. Really. It is a known fact that many wealthy people are very frugal. I always tease my good friend - who is extremely wealthy - about being cheap. And, yes, absolutely , just because you have money doesn't mean you have to blow it. But, the key word the poster mentioned was WORK. KON do not work - their children do.Kate has never shown much effort in contributing anything positive to the family. Kate can't even get out of bed in the morning to see her kids off to school and she wants me to believe that she sits at the kitchen table clipping coupons or at Jon's computer-in-a-closet (sounds kind of like wine in a box) creating a budgeting spreadsheet ?

As a matter of fact, in Jon's recent plug of how HE budgets for the holidays (Lordy be , what are these sponsors thinking?!), he actually says something about mentioning some company's online holiday rebates and Kate's response was "whatever". Now, THAT I can believe.

Lynda said...

Mom Kate expressions:

This is my life, this is what I do everyday.

Who made these pancakes? They are so good.

Jon, stand with me or be against me.
Jon, quit rambling.
Jon, quit scratching.
Jon, HELLO?
Jon, (corrects grammar)
Jon, help me.
Jon, (you fill in the blanks)

Lfwh said...

Lynda Said "Jon, (you fill in the blanks)"

How about "Jon, do you have to do that? Stop breathing so loud!! Do you hear that (looking at producer). Snnnnnnnnnarachchodc. Jon!!! You're doing it again."

Ticker Tape said...

Here's a few,

Jon I I I want you out you of MY kitchen NOW!.

Jon did you hear me? Okay then what was the last thing that I said?

Jon you can have it if you ask nicely please.

Disney said...

Jon you're breathing too loud.

SmartyQ said...

'Jon, stand with me or stand against me.'

My jaw dropped open with those pearls dropped from QFI's lips.

Tigerfan said...

'Jon, come tend to YOUR wild child'

Episode: Tups'Turn 3, Carnival Bday Party

Mady thought it was her turn next to right the pony. Kate decided otherwise and took Mady's turn riding the pony.

Allison Parker said...

Okay, I missed that, when did Kate say to Jon, "stand with me or against me?"
Shows how Kate doesn't care about anyone else other than herself...

ThreeFarmers said...

Okay, I missed that, when did Kate say to Jon, "stand with me or against me?"
Shows how Kate doesn't care about anyone else other than herself...


It was when they were going to Dutch Wonderland (or some amusement park), they were standing in the garage and the twins wanted to wear some sort of flip flop shoe and Kate wanted them to wear something else. Jon wanted to just let the kids wear what they wanted and Kate delivered the "stand against me" line.

At that point, Jon walked away only to discover when the twins walked to the van that Kate caved and let the girls wear the flip flop things. Kate basically belittled her husband in front of the children and the cameras only to change her mind.

Anonymous said...

So all I have to do is cut coupons and buy groceries on sale then I too could afford a million dollar estate? tHank you Kon without your help I never could've imagined it would be that easy.

HulaGirl said...

Kate was on Good Day New York.

http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=861A6892F3B7780D9CD54CF9215296EE?contentId=7994418&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

zoey said...

that interview was horrible. She is very fake and i am embarrassed for her.
im sure she clipped a coupon for her 1.3 mil. home.

babeeberry said...

Well, brandweek had another blurb about Kate being the P&G spokesexploiter. P&G seem to have no plans on replaceing her b/c they have not received any negative remarks regarding Kate. I guess my email to them must have gotten lost....


http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/packaged-goods/e3i686368ba4cd6a88ccf66cfc8bf2dd217

Corinne said...

I just wrote the following to P&G:

To whom it may concern,

I am a lifelong user of Head & Shoulders, Tampax, and Crest. I love these products and truly believe that they are the best "bang for my buck."

However, I will unfortunately be switching to Suave, Playtex, and Colgate as of this week, due to your selection of Kate Gosselin as a brand promoter. It's not because I "hate" her, and it's not because I'm "jealous." It is because I no longer trust your company, who at one point shared my personal values. Your choice of Kate as a spokesperson for P&G has alienated me - I cannot relate to her. She is not a good mother or wife, and I cannot continue to support a company that makes poor choices for spokeswomen. Please be assured that I will be utilizing word-of-mouth to friends and family who are also lifelong P&G users. I will only patronize your company when you make the correct choice and drop Kate Gosselin as your spokeswoman.

Corinne

timetogokon said...

I just wrote P&G:

To whom it may concern,

Regarding your recent very unwise decision to hire Kate Gosselin as your spokesperson and the subsequent lies told by your rep Mr. Williams about your company not having received any complaints, I will no longer purchase your products. I grew up in Cincinnati - P&G was like my neighbor. I have been using your products for the better part of my life, but will now start to phase out your products for those from companies that do not endorse child exploitation via Jon or Kate Gosselin and their disgrace of a show.

Shame on you for choosing profit over principle, and shame on Mr. Williams for his blatant lies.

laurajean said...

Attached is a link for a list of all P&G products. I for one will be printing it out and keeping it in my purse when grocery shopping.

http://www.pgboycott.com/productlist.asp

Amanda said...

I thought Kate was all about "organic" cleaning products and making her own cleaning solutions? As far as P&G products go, I'm sorry Sara Snow wasted her day with Kate.

Maybe Kate should take some advice from the Dugger Family and start making her own laundry soap to save money (HA!)...