It’s always easier to save and stock up when you have a variety of savings to choose from! You don’t always have to buy a paper or print savings from your computer – you can also request coupons directly from the manufacturer of your favorite products!
Start by thinking about your favorite items – the products you use every day. Rummage through your pantry or refrigerator if necessary! Every product has a website or phone number listed somewhere on the packaging. Call or email, letting them know how much you like the product and request coupons. They’ll usually send great coupons that can’t be found anywhere else! This is a great trick if you like specialty items that aren’t usually featured on coupons.
All the same, don’t hesitate to contact the company if you find the quality of an item to be less than what you expected; they like to keep customers happy and will often send a coupon for a free item to replace what you purchased. For example, I recently opened a package of long grain and wild rice that had puffed beyond recognition (though it was well within the expiration date). Since I was in the middle of making dinner, I called the contact line and asked if this was normal. They assured me it was not, and sent a coupon or two for a free product to replace what I’d lost.
Some people like to work through the list alphabetically and contact every company they’re interested in – if you have the time, it can be worth the effort. Or simply pick and choose from the companies that catch your interest. As a habit, Tracie at Penny Pinchin’ Mom contacts one company each day as part of her Apple a Day series (she also has some great tips for getting results, including example email comments!). Aim to write a quick note to one of your favorite manufacturers each day and you’ll soon have a mailbox filled with savings as well!