Groceries are one of the biggest monthly expenses for most families. You have to eat. That means you have to spend.
A large family typically has large grocery bills, but even in small families growing children significantly increase the cost of food.
Coupons are an excellent way to save money on groceries.
You can find coupons in grocery store flyers, Sunday newspaper inserts, and there are plenty of free printable coupons online on sites like Coupons.com. But my favorite way to get coupons from companies for free is to contact them and just ask politely.
Figuring out how to get free coupons in the mail will help ensure that you have a steady supply of high-value coupons for products you actually buy and use all the time.
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Companies That Mail Coupons Upon Request
You might wonder, What companies give free coupons? I’ve received coupons from:
- Pepperidge Farm
- Edy’s Ice Cream
- King’s Hawaiian
- Skinny Cow
- Ocean Spray
- Blue Diamond Almonds
- Birds Eye
That’s just a small sample of coupons I’ve received from companies just for asking nicely. Your mileage may vary as companies change their policies all the time.
Some companies will send you a bunch of coupons. Others will send one or two. I’m happy with whatever they send.
The coupons I receive in the mail directly from brands tend to be high-value and better than anything you’ll get in a newspaper. For example, one snack food company sent me a a $5 off coupon for any of their products. I’ve also received a couple of buy one get one free coupons from different brands.
It’s not always the case, of course. More often than not, the coupons I have received from contacting companies have been better than anything I could clip locally. Combine them with a sale and you can really rack up some savings at the supermarket.
I suggest you keep track of which companies send you coupons and when. Most companies won’t send you coupons more than once every six months or once a year. Every company is different, but you can try contacting your favorites again after at least six months have passed since you got your coupons.
There are plenty of companies that send coupons for compliments. They want to connect with their fans and turn casual users into loyal customers for life. Sending coupons in the mail for free helps them do that.
They might even send you coupons if you complain or report a bad experience. Just remember there’s a human being on the other end of that email address. No need to ruin anyone’s day to get a free coupon.
How to Get Coupons from Companies for Free
Here’s how to write to companies for coupons:
- Visit this list of over 300 companies to contact to request coupons. The table at the bottom of the page contains links to each company’s home page and their contact page. The table is sortable by company name and product category.
- Once you find your favorite brand in the table, click the link for their contact us page in the Contact column. Some companies have a dedicated coupons page on their website. You can check that out too if there’s a link to it in the table. The links will open in a new browser tab.
- If there’s a contact form to fill out, complete it with your information. If there’s a comment section, tell them what you like about their product. Ask if they have coupons available.
- Repeat this process for any other companies whose products you use and enjoy.
- Check your email and your postal mail to see what the company sends you.
- If you don’t hear back, some companies give out coupons or are more likely to respond to messages sent through Facebook. Check their Facebook page if they have one. The table also provides links to company Facebook pages in the Facebook column.
Is Writing to Companies for Free Coupons Really Worth It?
For me, it absolutely is. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars using coupons I got in the mail. Plus, it’s easy and it really doesn’t take much time at all. After a while, when all the coupons you asked for show up in your mailbox, it gets fun.
My mother-in-law doesn’t use email for anything other than keeping in touch with friends and family. She loves getting free stuff and using coupons, though.
Ever since I explained the idea of contacting her favorite brands for coupons, she’s jumped in with both feet. She does it all her way, though. She does online research on the companies she likes, goes to their website to locate their mailing address, then mails them a paper letter.
Requesting and getting free coupons by postal mail only is really time consuming. I couldn’t do it that way, but for her it works just as well. She always seems to end up with fistfuls of coupons she can’t wait to show me every time I see her.
You don’t have to contact every brand you like all at once or spend all your spare time on this. You can start slow, maybe reaching out to a couple of brands a day.
I recommend that you set up a fresh email account and only use it for coupon hunting. If you’re going to be filling out contact forms on company websites, they’ll ask you for your email address.
Once any company gets a hold of your email address, they usually aren’t afraid to use it. And use it they will.
You’ll probably get product announcements, newsletters, recipes, and promotions emailed to you. The more companies you contact, the more of that stuff you’re going to get in your inbox. That might not bother you at all, but I like to keep those things separate from my personal email.
Free Coupons By Mail (No Surveys)
Please beware of scams. I’ve been on websites with ads or obnoxious pop-up windows promising free coupons. I’ve also been on the receiving end of some sketchy looking emails that promise a free coupon if you just click a link.
When you click those links, you’re usually confronted with long forms asking for detailed personal information. They frame it like it’s some sort of consumer opinion survey, but it’s not clear what they use that information for, what exactly you get for providing it, or if the offer is even legit. Some even ask you to pay for shipping and fill in your credit card info.
If you come across any of these offers, run away. Don’t click on any questionable looking links and don’t download anything. Don’t fill out or submit anything that isn’t a part of the product’s official website.
If you’re interested in getting coupons from companies for free, it’s far better and much safer for you to go to the brand or manufacturer’s website and contact them directly.
Getting Coupons from Companies for Free
You can get coupons from your favorite brands for free. Once you track down their contact page, customer support email, or Facebook page, all it takes is a nice note and a little patience.
Give it a try! It will be fun going out to the mailbox to see what’s waiting for you.
Sara Graham is a frugal living and household budgeting expert. Her writing has appeared on MSN Money, The Good Men Project, Fairygodboss, and several other online publications. She is the co-founder of KindaFrugal.com, a personal finance and frugal living blog.