I’ve heard a bunch of hacking and coughing lately, and I bet Alaska isn’t the only state thus afflicted. With so much time spent indoors, you’re likely to run into some kind of rhinovirus or other virulent cootie just lookin’ for a home.
Once it hits, having to pay $7 for a bottle of cough syrup adds fiscal insult to physical injury. I think that’s why these cold-and-flu giveaways are so popular: Nobody wants to shell out $20 or more for analgesics and expectorants.
This time around the package features:
Advil Congestion Relief. It’s a non-drowsy version, in case you really can’t take time off from work, and it’s a one-pill dose so you don’t have to remember to take it throughout the day.
Tissues. With all the suffering in the world it’s a little embarrassing to complain about a chapped honker. But after a couple of days of nonstop blowing our noses really do get sore. That’s why I’m including a box of Kleenex Lotion Aloe & E Tissues.
Lip balm. When I’m sick my lips get really dry and I can never seem to find a Burt’s Bees or a Chapstick anywhere in the house. To maintain my frugal street cred, this particular model is the Walgreens store brand.
Teabags. A hot cup of tea is soothing and the steam can help decongest you somewhat. This little sampler has gingseng, Constant Comment, and three from Tazo: Wild Sweet Orange, China Green Tips and Awake English Breakfast.
Chicken soup. You know why. Just the sight of that familiar red-and-white Campbell’s label might make you feel better.
KAKM mug. For your tea or your soup and courtesy of my friend Linda B., she of the wearable Alaskan art. She’s supported public television for so long that she has a nice big collection of unused mugs.
Something to read. If you’re lucky enough to have sick days, or if you go to bed right after supper but can’t sleep, immerse yourself in Michael Crichton’s “The Lost World,” a sequel to “Jurassic Park.”
Robitussin Maximum Strength Nighttime Cough. A dose of this stuff might let you sleep almost a whole night, and we all know how important sleep is when you’re sick. (Comedian Chris Rock swears his parents tried to fix everything with Robitussin – a comedy bit that wound up on his TV show, “Everybody Hates Chris.”)
Here’s hoping you don’t need this giveaway. But I strongly suggest you enter anyhow, if for no other reason than to be able to White-Knight a sick friend. Karma points are nice things to have.
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The deadline to enter is 7 p.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 4. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 10 p.m. PST Wednesday, Feb. 5, I’ll pick a new winner.
Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner who lives outside the United States will be given an Amazon gift card and the package will go up for grabs again next week.