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The great coupon request adventure!

Posted August 30, 2010
Updated September 2, 2010

Let's have some fun! I am setting out on an adventure  - The Great Coupon Request Adventure - and I am looking for fellow couponers to join me.  Your reward will be lots of fabulous coupons for products you already use, which equals big time savings at the grocery store!

Here's how it works:

Each week for the next 4 weeks, I will contact a minimum of 25 companies/brands and request coupons for items we use. Most contact will be via the customer contact section on the manufacturer's websites and sometimes through the company's toll-free phone numbers.  I'll post an update on the blog weekly with the coupons I have received from the manufacturers.  My goal is to see how many valuable coupons (for products we use) I can procure in the next month and how much I will save by using those coupons. It will also be fun to see what samples and freebies some of the companies will send with the coupons! Of course, I'll take pictures and include those in the weekly post.

Sample Letter to manufacturer to request coupons:

Hello, I am writing to let you know that we really enjoy using (name of product). (Write a few things you like about the product or how it helped in a specific situation, such as an illness.) We live on a budget and try to use coupons to help us stay within the budget. If you could send any coupons or samples of (name of product) we would really appreciate it. Thank you for such a wonderful product! Sincerely,  (your name)

Your role in this adventure:

Your job is to contact as many companies as you would like and request coupons from those companies as well. Each week, post the coupons you have received or the companies you contacted on The Great Coupon Request Adventure blog post for the week.  Everyone who makes a post will then be entered into the random drawing for one of 3 envelopes full of coupons! You can enter each week, so be sure to share your contacts and coupons received on each weekly blog post. If you enter each week, you will have 4 entries, increasing your chances of winning! You can post as many times as you want, but you can only earn one entry per week.

At the end of the four weeks, September 27, I'll randomly draw three names from all the entries.  Each of the three winners will win an envelope full of coupons and whatever rebates I have available. The drawing will be held at 11:00 AM and the winners will be announced soon after.

I can't wait to see what fantastic coupons everyone receives!  On your mark, get set.....e-mail!


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  • grodys Sep 7, 2010

    In Friday's mail, I got 5 coupons from BumbleBee Tuna!! They did not respond to my email, though. Now off to my next set for the week!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 6, 2010

    Yikes on the General Mills response, jmb! I am glad Starkist came through for you. I also received a big fat no from Barilla!

    I am about to make a Week 2 post so we can all share our hits and misses for this week and not have to scroll back through a weeks worth of posts to find this post.

  • jmbjohnston Sep 6, 2010

    i got coupons from starkist today. they were SOOO nice. very thankful that i choose their tuna. i go a big fat NO from Barilla AND General Mills. General Mills email kinda made me angry, though. it made me feel like they didn't really need my business. i mean, i guess they probably don't, but what happened to manners?? haha

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 5, 2010

    I'll post my totals for last week's efforts tomorrow, but I am pleased with the responses.

    Great to hear everyone is starting to receive some good coupons! Thanks again for playing!

  • gumprules Sep 5, 2010

    I recieved 2 $1 off any Kashi coupon via e-mail. I recieved a yes from Powerbar,Purina and Amy's. I recieved a no from general mills,Larabar, and M&M's. Awaiting several other replies and plan on e-mailing many more!

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 5, 2010

    Yesterday I got coupons from delmonte, unilever and birdseye! Yeah

  • lwright Sep 5, 2010

    Just sent out emails to Kraft (for Oscar Mayer Bacon), Clorox, and Heinz ketchup. My list is growing every day! No responses from any one yet though. ??

  • Nancy Sep 4, 2010

    Received my two 50 cents off Heinz Ketchup coupons today - yea! Since Heinz doesn't often put out ketchup coupons I feel thrilled, now I'll just hold onto them until the next triples event :)

  • earlychd99 Sep 4, 2010

    Received my first batch of coupons today from lactaid. free cottage cheese up to $3.00, free milk up to $5.00 and $2.00 of lactaid fast act dietary supplement.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 3, 2010

    Got a no from ConAgra but I received 3 more coupons in the mail today:

    1 coupon for a FREE Glade spray up to $3.00 (which is funny because I requested coupons for Ziploc, but I am good with free Glade. :-)

    2 coupons for $1 off any Entenmann's product. I'll hold onto those for a good BOGO sale.