There are many ways you can save cash and get free coupons. Check out these tips on the best ways to find these hidden gems.
Recently, I contacted a large manufacturing company about one of their household products. In my letter, I told them how much I liked their product and how well it works in my home.
Then I mentioned that the price has risen (doubled, in fact), and wondered if they had any suggestions. A week later I got a very pleasant, personal letter from a customer specialist and five free coupons for any size of the product. I saved almost $25.
Another way to get free coupons is if you have a complaint. Virtually all merchandise has a toll-free number on it if you have a question, comment or complaint. Some even offer a Web site address.
Last month, I opened a package of breakfast sausage patties expecting six--the number stated on the box. Only four plopped into the pan. I promptly called the company. The lady who answered apologized and took my name, address and the product code from the package. Shortly after, I received three $1-off coupons for any product from the company.
About a year ago, I tried a new product with a money-back guarantee. I had some very good coupons, so bought it for less than $1. I was very unsatisfied, so I boxed it up and sent it to the address on the back. I was not convinced I would get a reply. Surprisingly, I was sent a check for the full purchase price and a free coupon for any of the company's other products. Since I'd gotten it practically free in the first place, it was extra money in my pocket.
I am not suggesting you write to every company that makes something in your home. However, if there is a product or two that you buy frequently or in large quantities, write a brief note to the company. There is a good chance that you will get free or discount coupons out of it. Go online if there is a Web site listed and you could discover coupons you can print out to use instantly.
When my children were in diapers, I did this every three to six months. I can't remember how many coupons I actually received, but I do know that I never paid full price for diapers.
Companies love it when you use coupons. It shows demographics like regions where the item is popular, if a new product is taking off and how frequently people are repurchasing the item. Often they will run a sweepstakes or contest where the coupon is your entry--you just fill in your name and address. One note of caution: If it asks for your e-mail, do not give it if it is not required. You will get a slew of spam messages, often from companies other than the one running the contest.
So look around your house at the products you use regularly. Fire off a quick letter or phone the toll-free number. It is like writing your own free coupons.
Here's a list of personal budget stretchers. While you may already be doing a lot of these things, I guarantee you'll find at least a few new ideas to add to your growing arsenal.
I have read several articles that tell you how you can save money after you buy a certain product. I myself have even written articles about products that save you money. But, what if you could save money without spending any money?