A few months ago I received an email from Kraft. The email offered me the opportunity to pay $20.00 to cover shipping and handling, and they would send me over $50.00 worth of new products to try. I had my credit card out faster than you can say "Bob's Your Uncle". I LOVE to be the first to try new products. It makes me feel special. I feel very elite, you know like I'm in some secret cool kid club. The frugal mom in me likes that I can try new things, and if the kids don't like them, it's no great trouble to the ever present budget.
I was so excited. It was like waiting for Christmas. Everyday I would go to the mail box, eagerly anticipating that little card in the mail box telling me I have a package. I really am basically a big kid. Finally that day came. The kids were so excited that they wanted to tear open the box in the car. I made them wait until we got home (even though I wanted to tear it open in the car, but felt like I needed to set a good example). We put the box on the floor, and everyone sat around it. Slowly, carefully I opened the box. It was filled with boxes of cookies, and boxes of fun new flavours of crackers. There were coupons for free refrigerate-able products. Oh I was so excited. We then opened every single box, and tried everything. It was really a lot of fun. We all compared which were our favourites, which ones we would buy again, which ones were fun to try, but would not need to purchase again.
Recently I received another email from Kraft, asking if I would like to receive another Samplicious trial package. Do monkeys like bananas? You bet! I pulled out the credit card, this Samplicious package contained cheese products. The price had gone up, to $30.00, that's o.k., the first package was worth it. So I waited for my package, excitedly.
A few weeks ago I received a large envelope in the mail. It contained a "What's Cooking" magazine full of recipes, and a page full of coupons to receive "free" cheese products. It was a little bit of a let down. There was not the same excitement level as the first package. I knew that they could not deliver refrigerate-able products through the mail, but it so lacked that instant gratification, it lacked the excitement. I went to the store, and none of my local stores stocked any of the new products. I guess I may have to wait until my next trip to Toronto to get my products. This Samplicious was a bit of a let down. Having said that, if I am asked to take part again, I will. I do love to be the first to try new products. I love that anticipation of the package coming, and getting to try new things. Maybe I should try one of those Christmas Hampers that they always advertise on t.v..
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