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March 18, 2006 - M'm! M'm! Free!

Four responses today, making for a decent Saturday. Considering we had a few days where we didn't receive anything, I'd say we did alright today...

Campbell's (#75) sent over a letter and included four 50-cent coupons good for any of Campbell's brands. I didn't know that Campbell's owned Pepperidge Farm. Hmph.

Energizer (#35 — and one of my personal favorites) sent back a letter and three coupons, each good for $1. I can only wonder if some Energizer employee has my letter hanging in their office somewhere, as a fond (or not so fond?) reminder of Tom Locke; his lazy, couch-sprawled wife; and their 11 kids — er, remotes, remotes.

Clorox sent back a pretty simple "no", not atypical from the other rejections I've gotten. I found the bottom of their letterhead amusing, though. Quality Laundry, Household Cleaning Products, Charcoal Brands, Barbeque Sauces, Salad Dressings, Car Care Products, and Water Filtration Pitchers.

Now, I know that it's common for companies to dabble in a variety of products and product areas. I just wonder who, where, when, and why someone at some point said, "Ya know, we've been making laundry soap for years now. Let's try our hand at salad dressing!"

I can only hope that the manufacturing of these various products is done at different locations. If my wife brings home a bottle of "Mountain Fresh Bleu Cheese", I won't know whether to eat it or to stick it in the wash.

S.C. Johnson, who sent back a $3 coupon for Skintimate shaving gel a while back, sent over a follow-up letter. The letter included a brief survey asking if I felt that my inquiry was handled well. I usually don't answer these types of surveys, but I'll probably answer this one.

Thanks to Campbell's and Energizer for the freebies, and thanks to S.C. Johnson for the follow-up.

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
26 companies $169.93




S.C. Johnson - Followup Letter