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Great coupon request adventure week 4!

Posted September 20, 2010

We in the home stretch of the Great Coupon Request Adventure challenge and your mailbox should be filling up with bunches of coupons for the items you use!

What coupons did you get this week?

The total value in coupons I have received so far as of 9/19 is $72.85. 

Plenty more have indicated they are sending coupons. The total is for the face value of the coupons and many will/have been doubled (including those $1 coupons at HT this week!).

I think my best score of the week was a sheet of coupons for $1 off various Kellogg's coupons, all of which doubled at HT! Two of the coupons were for $1 of ANY Kellogg's coupon!

If you are new to the adventure, it is worth your time to read som eof the comments from the last 3 weeks to see which companies are sending out coupons and those that are not. It will save you some time if you know who is sending out the good ones! The links to the last 3 weeks of comments are found in the box above. Goof luck!


Here's how it works:

Each week for 4 weeks (we are on the 4th week now), 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.

So, what's in your mailbox?


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  • darlingfemme Sep 26, 2010

    I got a nice coupon pack from organic valley!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 25, 2010

    In today's mail I received a coupon for $1/2 Bigelow tea and 2 coupons for $3.59 of any Wet Wipes product (which will = 2 FREE wet wipes when they are on sale!)

  • Dr D Sep 24, 2010

    I've contacted Maxwell House, Hills Brothers, NesCafe Tasters Choice, Ghiradelli, and ZonePerfect. Must have been a week of caffeine cravings.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 24, 2010

    In today's mail I received 2 coupons for $1/2 Kahiki products, 2 coupons for .50/1 Twinnings tea and 2 coupons for FREE packages of Lance cookies or cr*ckers (up to $2.89) plus 2 more coupons for $1 off any Lance cookies or cr*ckers! (in case you are wondering, the bad word filter for comments will not let us use the word cr*cker!).

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 23, 2010

    Awesome! I hope the marshmallows didn't melt in the heat! Although, if you happened to have some chocolate and grahams cr*ckers nearby, you would be all set! LOL

  • lwright Sep 23, 2010

    Woo hoo! I was SO excited to see a package on the door step when we got home today! Full size bag of Campfire Marshmallows! Love it!!!
    Still waiting on more responses.

  • ssgspoon Sep 23, 2010

    I didnt get anything in the mail yet - everything seems to say 4 to 6 weeks. I did get an email from Chinette with a printable for $1 off.

  • earlychd99 Sep 23, 2010

    I received my coupons from family UNIT today.It says it has over $60.00 in commissary savings. There is a total of 14 coupons and all the coupons are bogo, for example,buy one tide 100oz or larger and get free downy 34oz.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 23, 2010

    That's alot of companies, lschlack! I hope your mailbox starts filling up soon!

    I received a coupon for .55/1 from Lindsay Olives today. Yum...we love olives!

    I also received a P & G brand sampler box with 2 good size Pantene samples and 2 smaller Head and Shoulder samples and a coupon for Pantene in the mail.

  • lschlack Sep 23, 2010

    Emailed 25 companies... still waiting to hear from most but got a no from Gaterade, I can't believe its not butter, Conagra. However, Fresh Express and Nature's Recipe sent me coupons already. Nature's recipe sent 2 $4.00 off coupons that don't expire til next year :) :)