In June of 2011, I received an offer to join the National Home Gardening for the two year rate of $24.00. I was told that I would receive, for this money, “Gardening How-To” magazine, some packets of seeds, 4 free gifts and some other items.
The 4 free gifts are as follows: 1) Fiskars bypass pruner, 2) Kneelinjg cushion, 3) $20.00 in Gas rebates and 4) $100 Grocery Coupon Card.
On July 1, I sent my check for $24.00. I am not much of a gardener but I figured how could I go wrong with these free gifts. After repeated inquiries, I finally received the pruner and kneeling cushion in Sept. I did also receive a voucher for 4 $5.00 gas rebates, one to be used each of the next 4 quarters of the year.
A few weeks ago, I finally received a form to fill out to receive my $100 grocery coupon card. I was to fill it out and send it in with a stamped, self addressed envelope to then receive my card. Did that. Today, Nov 14, I received my “Grocery Coupon Card”. It is a list of over 900 products and 10 stamps. Each of these 10 stamps are marked “Grocery Coupon Certificate $10 and an expiration date of 9/30/2012. I am supposed to pick 48 of my favorites products from the list and send back that list of my favorites with one of the $10 stamps. I am to enclose $1.00 for handling and a stamped, self addressed envelope and I will then receive $10.00 worth of coupons for some of those products that I picked. These coupons may expire in as little as two weeks after I receive them. Then I am supposed to repeat this process each month for 10 months, altho the $10 coupons are only good until 9/30/2012.
I actually have probably gotten my original $24.00 worth but feel that I would never have joined their club without the offer of the free gifts. The offer of the coupon card is very misleading. I would like others to know of this so they can be forwarned.