Adjust to College with ReadyU + a P&G Prize Pack Giveaway! (Tide, Gillette, Olay + More)

by Marcy on August 17, 2011 · 157 comments

Do you have a child heading out to college in a few short weeks? If so, help them through some of the anxiety of leaving home by sharing the ReadyU program with them. ReadyU is a program that aims to help college students meet new friends and live on their own by sharing content and information that they need to conquer life beyond the classroom.

The ReadyU program is supported by over 150 colleges throughout the country, and is championed by campus ambassadors with dedicated events featuring select P&G products.You can check to see if ReadyU is sponsoring at event at your child’s college or university on the ReadyU Facebook Page.

I loved receiving care packages from home when I was in college. You can make your child feel more at home by sending them a care packge with products from Gillette, Old Spice, Covergirl, Tide, Herbal Essences, Crest, Olay, Secret and Duracell.

Here is an example of a few items that might be fun (and practical) to send:

I am thrilled that P&G has given me the above prize pack for one of you to win as well!

What am I giving away?

1 lucky winner will receive a prize back containing products from Gillette, Old Spice, Covergirl, Tide, Herbal Essences, Crest, Olay, Secret and Duracell

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite type of gift/care package is when you are sick, lonely or missing home. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

@stretchingabuck is giving away a @ProcterGamble @theReadyU Prize Pack! Enter to win: http://www.stretchingabuckblog.com/?p=28184 #giveaway #sponsored

3) Promote this on your Facebook Page. (Be sure to check out Stretching a Buck on Facebook!)

4) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

Who is eligible?

You must have a valid US address to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Saturday, August 20th at 9 PM EST

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 2 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: P&G reached out to me to try these products. Opinions expressed here are strictly my own. View my disclosure policy here.


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{ 157 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather Taylor August 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I love a mixture of things that remind me from home – foods, scents, drinks, pictures, products, etc. This was extra nice when I was living in Japan.

2 Kerry August 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I love a soft blanket and a warm cup of tea.

3 jennifer horn August 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Love getting home made snacks and gift cards!

4 Sonya August 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I was just reminiscing today through some letters I received when in college. Letters from home, cards, and “sweet treats” were my favorite. We just moved my son back to college for “year two” last weekend. I enjoy your RSS feed! Thank you.

5 Cynthia Hughes August 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I would like a gift card from somewhere yummy like Cheesecake Factory where I could drown my sorrows in something delicious :)

6 jennifer horn August 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

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7 jennifer horn August 17, 2011 at 9:28 PM
8 jennifer horn August 17, 2011 at 9:28 PM
9 KimF August 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

pictures, local foods and drinks

10 Nicole August 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I called my grandmother once a week for one of her recipes while I was living away from home so that I could always have some comfort food. Also music. I come from a Greek household so dancing around the place to some greek music was always a pick me up.

11 andrea burns August 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

i love chocolate in my goodie bags !!!!!!!!!

12 ella August 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

I like cozy things. Comfort foods, chocolate, perhaps a candle with a comforting smell.

13 ella August 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM
14 ella August 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Subscribed to feed.

15 rupa August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

food from home is the best

16 rupa August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

i follow you on google reader

17 Mendy August 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Mine always contained junk food (:

18 Mendy August 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I subscribe via rss feed

19 amy m August 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

My favorite kind is anything with chocolate! Always makes me feel better!

20 Matthew B August 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM

i better not win, if i do this will be the first care package i have gotten, and i have been in college/grad school for 8 years now!

21 Patty August 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I love getting chocolates!

22 Robin Scott August 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I like food, snacks, candy, small toiletries

23 Matthew B August 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

tweeted
“@stretchingabuck is giving away a @ProcterGamble @theReadyU Prize Pack! Enter to win: http://www.stretchingabuckblog.com/?p=28184 #giveaway #sponsored”

24 amy m August 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM
25 Robin Scott August 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM
26 Robin Scott August 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM
27 Robin Scott August 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

subscribe to you on yahoo rss feed

28 amy m August 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

I am a subscriber already!

29 Lynette August 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I never got care packages when I was in college but my Mom would make things for me on the weekends I was home & got to take them back to school with me. AWESOME!!

30 Bonnie Lacroix August 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I love getting old pics and notes that bring up memories, my favorite chips that I could only find here in Michigan, a teddy bear always helped too lol.

31 Teresa F August 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Love to get flowers! I don’t receive them often but when I have the extra money I send them to various friends to brighten their day!

32 Teresa F August 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I receive your emails. Thank you.

33 Brandy Mcbride August 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

I subscribe to emails!

34 Michelle August 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Chocolate , magazines and movies would make me feel better

35 Jennifer August 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

my favorite things are handmade personal love tokens.

36 Tanya August 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I love getting postcards from my hometown reminding me of the sites even when I can’t be there to enjoy them in person! Care packages with laundry and personal items included is always a plus!

37 tina mcgraw August 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM

i love chocolate covered cherries and a great computer game.. that is what my mom brings me!
tmcgraw4475@aol.com

38 Lori August 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Once my mother made a chocolate pizza topped with candy and marshmallow toppings and shipped it to me in a pizza box…My roomates and I loved it!

39 Joan Garrison August 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

My favorite is the care package my sister sends from Hawaii. It’s full of goodies from home.

40 Heather August 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Fav gift package would contain Dad’s fudge and Cheryl’s iced buttercream cookies!

41 Heather August 17, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I’m an email subscriber =)

42 Donna Baker August 17, 2011 at 11:26 PM

chocolate always hits the spot for me!!!

43 JUANISHA August 18, 2011 at 3:07 AM

JUST FINISHED HELPING MY BABY MOVE IN TO HIS NEW DORM ROOM! THE PRIZE PACK WOULD BE A PERFECT GIFT!

44 Kate August 18, 2011 at 6:35 AM

I love looking through trashy magazines.

45 Kate August 18, 2011 at 6:36 AM

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

46 nat August 18, 2011 at 6:59 AM

anything to eat is good

47 jeanie August 18, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I love chocolate, coffee, and a good book

48 RBH Hill August 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM

With two kids in college, this would be GREAT!

49 Katrina E August 18, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I love getting gift baskets full of candy/ baked stuff when I am missing home. :)

50 Katrina E August 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I subscribe to your emails.

51 Ginger Adams August 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

My daughter would be thrilled to receive such a wonderful basket full of goodies !!

52 Maria August 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I’ve only ever received one care package in my whole life, and it was a tiny Halloween box that was promoted through my college. I always wanted to get the ones with photos from home, homemade goodies, and something special, like my friends did. Getting stuff in the mail is probably my most favorite thing!

53 Maria August 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I also subscribe through Google Reader! Thank you for the giveaway!

54 Christie August 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

blanket, chic flick, homemade chicken noodle soup!

55 Courtney August 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I love care packages that my mom sends – when I was a freshman in college she would send sweet cards, baked goods and always something necessary like some Tide! Care packages are the perfect way to tell someone you are thinking about them with each item you put into it!

56 Sharon Edwards August 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Candles and chocolate!

57 Amy August 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I love receiving things that make me remember my childhood. My mom will see things in the store that remind her of me and send them to me. It feels good when someone takes the time to think of you in that way. ♥

58 Stephanie August 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I loved getting care packaged full of homemade goodies from my mom when I was in college.

59 Stephanie August 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I am an email subscriber as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

60 Lisa M August 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I loved getting homemade cookies from my grandmother! And I have sent a Movie Themed carepack to my neice in college: Blockbuster gift card, microwave popcorn, movie theater candy (hot tamales, mike & ike’s, etc) and a fleece blanket to curl up with! She loved it!

61 Lisa M August 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I am an email subscriber!

62 Mallory August 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM

My favorite care package when I went away to college was filled with commonly forgotten items, such as a thermometer, and cold medicines, along with some batteries. I can’t tell you how lucky I was to have the thermometer and cold meds the first time I got sick away from home. It is something you don’t want to wait til you need to have to go buy.

63 Milk Donor Mama August 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I only got one or two care packages, but my favorite goodies were the homemade cookies and hot cocoa mix. yum!

64 Brooke August 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I like foods from home

65 Brooke August 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I’m an RSS subscriber

66 Liz E. August 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I love getting surprise packages almost as much as I love sending them! My favorite items to receive are from my mom… anything that she has made or baked!

67 Liz E. August 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I subscribe to your emails!

68 Chelsea S August 18, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I like the ones with snacks for the dorm, along with a few practical things that I can use daily.

69 Chelsea S August 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM
70 Chelsea S August 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Subscribe to your emails.

71 Tammy W August 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I love getting a care package from my mom – both when I was in college, and now when I have little kids. She send fun little notes, granola bars, homemade bread and cookies, and other fun things like that. It’s awesome!

72 Chelsea S August 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Promoted on Facebook. @Chelsea Spurgeon

73 Juliana August 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

My mom would always send Reese’s to me when I was homesick- I love the Holiday Reese’s so she would always send those or a gift card to a favorite restaurant.

74 Juliana August 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I tweeted about this giveaway @nulie87

75 Juliana August 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader

76 Ginger Ramage August 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

My mom has always sent me the best gift packages! Even though I am 31, she will still send me packages for every holiday (Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc.) with usually a book, magazine, candy, makeup. It’s amazing!

77 Ginger Ramage August 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I subscribe to your email newsletter!

78 Linda August 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I love getting lotions and bubble bath. But the best “care package” I received was dinner for my kids when I was too sick to cook for them.

79 Melissa A. August 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

pictures of and home movies of family are always nice

80 Melissa A. August 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I am an email subscriber

81 Kim Colville August 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Never think your ready to send them back to college! Anything we send, just a package in the mail, is greatly greatly greatly appreciated.
rocknrod@sdplains.com

82 Heather King August 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I usually like anything related to food. Food is always the best care package to me. LOL!

83 Heather King August 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I subscribe to your emails. I love to see them in my inbox. Thanks!

84 Heather King August 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I wrote about this giveaway on my facebook page. Ben-Heather King.

85 Connie August 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I liked getting care packages from my hometown with items that I can not buy where I live now. Things included were amazing Daphine’s chocolate (maple creams to die for!) and Wise or Synder’s Salt and Vinegar chips which for some reason I can not find here.

86 Connie August 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I am also an email subscriber.

87 Shell Holland August 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I love healthy snacks like fruit & granola bars.

88 Shell Holland August 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM
89 Shell Holland August 18, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I subscribe by email

90 cathi carpenter August 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

well…it’s not a care package…but I love when my mom calls to check in on me (she’s in Chicago and I’m in Georgia) to see how I am feeling…. I also like that when I have an awful tummy ache, my hubby will bring me ginger ale!

91 cathi carpenter August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I happily follow you on fb too!

92 Candice August 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

I went to school across the country my first 2 years of college. My favorite care packages were a combination of my favorite foods, toiletries, etc., and news from home. My mom used to save clips from the newspaper about people I knew and send them to me. :)

93 Candice August 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

94 Casey August 18, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I would like to receive greetingcard, with books, pictures, soft blanket, with my favorite food.

95 Casey August 18, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I liked you on FB.

96 petra August 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM

When I’m sick — hot tea, comfy clothes, homemade soup. When I’m away from home — a heartfelt letter and some photos.

97 petra August 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I tweeted the giveaway (moeyshay).

98 petra August 18, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I get your email newsletter.

99 Sheri August 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

When I’m ill, my mother still sends me a care package. I love getting a new book that she recommends, her great cookies (any kind, they’re all great!), some herbal tea, some medicine and sometimes some kind of fleece, sloppy shirt. Love my mom!

100 Maureen August 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I love an assortment of homemade cookies, brownies, note fomfamily memebrs and a movieto watch.

101 Sheri August 18, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I am a e-mail subscriber.

102 Cheri M August 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I love bath and body product baskets.

103 Cheri M August 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

email subscriber

104 Pedro August 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM

A call home to my parents always helps if I’m sick or missing them.

105 Pedro August 18, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I subscribe via Google reader.

106 Kelly B August 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I try to send my daughter something for her to see, taste, feel, and smell. I send a photo, a bag of popcorn, a blanket and air freshener to my daughter. It reminds her of home.

107 Kelly B August 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I subscribe to your emails.

108 Lori Burkhart August 18, 2011 at 9:12 PM

When I was in college my favorite gift pack to get was the one my grandma sent….Homemade bread and her famous date cookies. Always made me happy and feel loved!

109 Jennifer Madigan August 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I love home made cookies. They are always amazing. I also LOVED the gift basket I got for our wedding. It was a laundry basket filled with home products that a new couple might not have or would have to buy (which could really add up).

110 Jennifer Madigan August 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I Tweeted about this giveaway. jrosencr

111 Jennifer Madigan August 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I subscribe via email.

112 Rondah August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM

When I’m missing home I like handmade cards from my kids
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113 Rondah August 18, 2011 at 9:17 PM

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114 Lee Bell August 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Chicken soup w/matzo balls naturally always a comfort food. I subscribe to you by email.

115 sharon s August 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Dark chocolate and earl grey Tea…my comfort food

116 Stephanie August 18, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I love getting care packages with chocolate!!!!

117 Jill August 19, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I loved getting homemade cookies and breads.

118 Jill August 19, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I love getting cards and photos from family and friends.

119 Jill August 19, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I am a Facebook Fan.

120 Jill August 19, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I get your emails.

121 Just Coupons August 19, 2011 at 1:47 AM

My favorite type of gift/care package is homemade cookies! Reminds me of home

122 Just Coupons August 19, 2011 at 1:47 AM
123 Just Coupons August 19, 2011 at 1:48 AM
124 Just Coupons August 19, 2011 at 1:49 AM

I am an Email subscriber

125 Samantha Y August 19, 2011 at 3:58 AM

When I’m sick I love a pot of homemade soup, soft Kleenex and when I delivered my baby a package of homemade cookies went a long way!

126 Catie August 19, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Homemade baked goods always brighten my mood!

127 Catie August 19, 2011 at 6:47 AM

I subscribe via Google Reader.

128 Jen August 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Anything homemade from my mom!

129 Jen August 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Like you on FB!

130 Jen August 19, 2011 at 8:02 AM

I get your email. Thanks!

131 Jill August 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM

My daughter likes me to send her homemade banana bread.

132 Jill August 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Email subcriber.

133 amber August 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I love mama’s homemade cookies!

134 amber August 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I subscribe to emails!

135 Jill August 19, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Homemade cookies!

136 Jill August 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I give my daughter and neice (who are both in college) things I get with my coupons……toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc. It really helps them out .

137 Kathryn August 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Anything homemeade was always welcome when I was in college.

138 Kathryn August 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I subscribe to your email updates!

139 Amanda August 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM

When I was living in a college dorm my mom would sign me up for every free sample out there. It was always fun to check my mail box and find samples of coffee, my favorite shampoo, etc.

140 Dan August 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM

My mom’s homemade fudge!

141 Jill August 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

When I am sick, a call or card from a friend or family member always made me feel better.

142 tonya August 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I loved getting photos of family and friends. I also loved getting homebaked goodies and little treats from my state…

143 doris August 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Dark chocolate!! Thanks!

144 amanda l h August 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I love cookies and tea.

145 amanda l h August 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM

email subscriber

146 amanda l h August 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

facebook fan and shared

147 amanda l h August 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM
148 Christina August 19, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Bath & Body, Lotions, Candles….I love smell goods!

149 april shoffner August 19, 2011 at 2:51 PM

my favorite care items are a hot bath, comfortable bed, good movie, yummy food and a hot cup of coffee. just a nice lazy day with no worries. i call it heaven not really a care package, but a relaxing day to take care of me. lol

150 debbiek August 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

My favorite thing is to sit on the couch wrapped in a soft blanket and drink hot tea.

151 debbiek August 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I’m an email subscriber

152 Jessica T. August 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I like snacks or bath and body products!

153 Camiele August 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I love getting food of all kinds!

154 Camiele August 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Tweeted it on Twitter.

155 Camiele August 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I subscribe through a reader.

156 Beth August 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM

The best were handwritten letters from mom along with homemade cookies. Love in a box!!! :-)

157 andrea burns August 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

thank you for the win !!!!!!!!!!!!

love your site marcy i sent you emails with address it is my birhtday too !!!!!!!!!!!

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