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April 27, 2006 - Summer Big, Summer Small

With the deluge of freebies having come to a near-halt, I feel like I've been away for a while every time I don't update the site for a week...

Anyway, a response came back from Colgate-Palmolive today. The letter is dated March 27, so I have to wonder what happens for the month between writing the letter and actually receiving it...

Colgate must take their enthusiasts very seriously, however, seeing as how my very official title of "Personal Care Enthusiast" was included on both the envelope as well as the response letter.

In Colgate's response, Summer Small (the letter respondent), tells me that like so many other companies, Colgate doesn't send out samples and such. They did, however, send over ten coupons (with a total value of $6) good for a personal-pampering-potpourri-of-products — with their "compliments".

I never really got that. "With our compliments". What exactly are they complimenting? My use of the Internet? My fancy self-adhesive envelopes? My apparently excessive amount of free time?

Anyway, thanks to Colgate for the goodies.


Freebies Summary
Who? What?
approx. $
Fellowes Four cans of compressed air $32.00
Carma Labs One jar of Carmex $1.29
Stash Tea Nine teabags $1.80
White Castle 19 burgers, 2 breakfast sandwiches, 2 orders of Chicken Rings $12.37
Airborne One free tube of Airborne $5.99
Reynolds Two 50-cent coupons $1.00
S.C. Johnson One free ($3 max.) Skintimate coupon $3.00
Church & Dwight Two $1 Arm & Hammer coupons $2.00
Pfizer Three 50-cent Purell coupons $1.50
Pepsi Pepsi pen, pencil, stickers, and gift catalog N/A
Biotene Free samples of gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash N/A
Burt's Bees Free stick of Burt's Bees $1.87
Dunkin Donuts Book of five $1 gift checks $5.00
Mercedes Benz Mercedes keychain $30.00
Eden Foods Pasta, tea, soymilk $9.54
Chicken of the Sea Two $2 coupons, one 25-cent coupon $4.25
Sanford Four pens $5.00
Gatorade (aka Pepsi) Three 60-cent coupons for Propel $1.80
Nestle Two coupons for Nestle candy $1.00
Max and Erma's A hat and travel cup $15.00
Dairy Queen Three $1 gift certificates $3.00
Del Monte Five coupons for dog snacks $5.25
Celestial Seasonings Three sample teabags, three coupons $5.60
Boston Market 33% of $50 coupon book $16.67
Campbell's Four 50-cent coupons $2.00
Energizer Three $1 coupons $3.00
Frito Lay Two 55-cent coupons $1.10
Nylabone A "Double Action Chew" with "Minty Fresh Center" (wolf size) $9.33
Brownberry Three $1 coupons $3.00
Riceland Three coupons $2.70
Eight in One Pet Products A bunch of free dog snacks $25.00
BMW BMW keychain $18.00
Wyeth Three ChapSticks and three $3 coupons $12.87
Avis A $25 car rental coupon $25.00
Colgate-Palmolive 10 coupons worth $6 total $6.00
35 companies $272.93