Like I said before, going to the mailbox every day is a little like Christmas. Besides Sundays and holidays I have gotten at least one cool (or possibly cool) thing in the mailbox every day except one for the last three and a half weeks. Free magazines, free beauty products, free coupons, and free cleaning products. A whole mess of stuff that I think is amazing. Now I understand that some of you might say - "Oh wow - cereal - big freaking deal!" but I love the potential of a little gift brightening every day. I am amazed and impressed by the quality and the size of some of the samples. I look at some of them and I think "really? They wasted a stamp to send me 2 blisters of Prilosec?" In the end it is all part of the excitement. If I can't use it I know that I could donate it to a local food bank or save it for Christmas when they put out calls for sample sized items to send overseas in care packages for the troops. None of it will go to waste because I will pass on anything I get that doesn't suit me to friends and family. Do I really need an Arby's t-shirt? No. Will I sleep in it and garden in it and love it just the same? Absolutely.
The very first thing I got was also one of the things that blew me away. It was an Atkins weight loss start up kit. Now I'm not running out to start the Atkins diet plan. I consider myself a starch-itarian, so it would be murder for me. However I have tried the bar before as a snack in place of candy and I really enjoyed them. The kit came four days after I filled out my info even though it said "allow 6-8 weeks". It looked like this:
The box was filled with a meal plan and recipe book, a carb counter card and three of the bars that I liked so much. I know that the bars generally come in six packs, so I was able to try several flavors that I hadn't had before. I thought this was a genuinely cool sample, and I was happy to take the bars to work with me and have them as a snack or even as lunch. The chocolate peanut one in the middle tasted about as much like a Snickers bars as anything that had no sugar in it could, so I would say it was pretty awesome. I emailed them and asked a question about how I could get a second one for my mother in law who didn't have an email address and they took her mailing address and sent her one too which was pretty cool of them.
I plan on making little posts whenever I get something awesome or surprising in my mailbox. If you want to know more about how I got it, where I got it or if it is still available, I will do my best to find out for you. Leave me a comment and I will post a link if you can still get it.
As of today (June 2, 2012) the Atkins link is still open if it looks like something you might want to try.
In my next post I'm going to talk about another new discovery - instant win games and contests. After that there is a whole world of cool things to come - product test sites, coupon match ups that are already done for you, and the thing I am most excited about - sample subscriptions! (The last ones cost money. No worries though, I will try and explain the ins and outs of the ones I have subscribed to so you can make informed decisions. Are they cool - yep! Are they all worth the money? - nope.)
Much Love, and the hope that you may find some small wonders in your life today.