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The Great Coupon Request Challenge: Gift card winner

Posted June 17, 2015
Updated June 19, 2015

It's the final week of The Great Coupon Request Challenge and we have a winner of the McDonald's gift card and envelope of manufacturer's coupons!

The winner is:


Congratulations! I just sent an e-mail to you. Please respond by June 24 to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who shared which companies they contacted and what they received!

Share your experiences from last week.

* How many companies did you contact last week?

* Did you get any responses via e-mail or snail mail?

* Did you get any coupons yet?

Thanks to everyone who has posted already! Because of your posts, I knew who said yes to sending coupons so I contacted them as well.

Last week I received 2 coupons from Al Fresco for $1 off any Al Fresco product. These will be great during Super Doubles next week! I am still waiting on a number of other coupons from companies who said they would send them. If they come, I'll let you know.

If you are new to the challenge, read on for all the details. Even though the challenge is over, you can still send out requests for coupons.

Here's how it works:

Each week for the next 4 weeks, I will contact a minimum of 10 companies and request coupons for items we use. Most contact will be via the customer Contact section on the manufacturers websites and through the company's toll-free phone numbers. I also plan to contact some companies through their Facebook page Message option as well. 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 score 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.

Your challenge is to contact as many companies as you would like and request coupons from those companies as well. Set a goal and try to stick to it. Each week, post the coupons you have received or the companies you contacted on The Great Coupon Request Challenge blog post for the week. If we share which companies are sending coupons, we will all know who to contact.

Coupon Giveaway!

Everyone who makes a post during the 4 week challenge will then be entered into the random drawing for a $15 McDonald's gift card and an envelope full of coupons! You can enter each week, so be sure to share your contacts and coupons received on each weekly blog post. You can post as many times as you want, but you can only earn one entry for the giveaway per week.

I will randomly pick the winner on Friday, June 19 at 1:00 pm.

Sample Letter to manufacturer to request coupons:

Here is a sample letter you can use as a guide for contacting companies. I suggest you change it up a bit and personalize it so the company knows you really do use their product

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 a party for the kids or when you had a bad cold.) 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)

Where to start

For those of you who were reading this blog in 2010, you may recognize this challenge. We did a similar adventure then and couponers received tons of great coupons. You can see the posts from that adventure at the link above. I recommend reading the comments to see which companies were generous about sending out coupons. Although the coupon world has changed in the last 5 years, I imagine many of those same companies are still willing to send out valuable coupons to customers.

I recommend you start by looking in your fridge, freezer and pantry. Which products do you use often? Call them using the 1-800 number on the package or contact those companies on the Contact section of their websites.

For a long list of clickable links to manufacturer's websites go to This list was compiled in 2008, so some of the links no longer work, but it is a great resource to see who you might want to contact.

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


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  • TJ84 Jun 18, 2015

    I got a Truvia coupon good for one free Truvia Sugar Blend product up to $8.75! I also got a $1/1 Mazola coupon today in the mail!

  • lynbow39 Jun 15, 2015

    So far I got coupons from Purina and no one else! I contacted 4 or 5 companies!

  • TJ84 Jun 15, 2015

    Today I received ( 1 ) .55 of any Borden Cheese products, (2) .50 any cabot product! Got a no from Archway Cookies and Nature's Own bread.

  • miacarre Jun 15, 2015

    Today I received (2) 1.00 Band Aid coupons and ( 1 ) 3/3 of any Band Aid brand of first aid products from J&J ( 1 ) .55 of any Borden Cheese products, ( 1 ) 2.00 on any size Truvia natural sweetener and 3 samples packet.

  • ascherer Jun 15, 2015

    So I started my request in week two. I contacted 7 companies (I think). To date I have responses from 3 - Band Aid (J&J) is sending me a $1 coupon - Jimmy Dean is sending me a $1 coupon - Dreamfield Pasta emailed me @1 coupon. I have not heard back from Aveeno (J&J) or Fisher nuts. A couple of companies said to just check their websites and Facebook pages.

    This week I plan on trying Nature Valley, Jif, cat food companies and Tone soap. Advil would not be a bad one to contact either.

  • Nanee Lion Jun 15, 2015

    Received rejections from Jif, Minute Maid, Birds Eye, Yoplait, Little Debbie. I contacted Mazola, Hillshire, Sara Lee, General Mills, Lance, Nature's Own and Popsecret - no responses on these yet.

  • rnfairview30 Jun 14, 2015

    PS--Not sure if this counts because when I contacted Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasong Blends, LLC about their seasonings, they did not send coupons. But they were so kind to offer sachets in the mail. I received these 1/4-oz samples:
    Lemon & Cracked Pepper; Magic Seasoning Salt/New Orleans Blend; Blackened Steak Magic; Toasted Onion & Garlic; Vegetable Magic; Salmon Magic; Herbal Pizza & Pasta Magic; Hot & Sweet Pizza & Pasta Magic; Six Spice, Pork & Veal Magic

  • rnfairview30 Jun 14, 2015

    Results for this week's challenge--I received:
    $0.50/any 1 Newman's Own Food product

    $0.55/any 1 pkg of Nathan's Famous Beef Franks, Cocktail links or smoked sausage links

    $0.55/any 1 Sauer's product

    When you go the Contact page on Curtis foods' website (, one of the questions actually asks, "May we send you Curtis coupons?"

    The following kindly advised that they don't mail coupons but to check either for inserts or on their website:
    Archway cookies, Boar's Head, Green Mountain Coffee/Keurig, Knorr Boullion cubes/Unilever, Lactaid/McNeill Nutritionals, Mayfield Ice Cream, Mucinex, Quaker Oats, Sunbird Seasoning, & Werther's Originals.

    Another benefit to this challenge is that I have gained extra Swagbucks by doing so many searches on my SwagButton for these companies' web sites.

    Thanks again for this challenge!

  • TJ84 Jun 12, 2015

    Today I contacted Mazola, Truvia, McCormick,Cabot Cheese, Pepperidge Farms, Libby's and Log Cabin. I got a "yes" from Mazola and McCormick and a "no" from Log Cabin. I haven't heard from the rest of them. In the mail I got (2) Johnsonville $1/1 coupons. I also got a free product coupon for up to $9.99 and a $1/1 coupon for Ball Park product! It was great to get those. Thanks again Faye for this challenge.

  • miacarre Jun 12, 2015

    Happy Friday!! I Received ( 7 ) .55 coupons from Cape Cod on any 8 oz bag or smaller, ( 1 ) .50 coupon ( 1.00 ) from Cabot and recipes booklet. ( 1 ) 2.00 coupons from Jolly Time popcorn on any box microwave popcorn, ( 2 ) 1.00 on any box microwave popcorn ( 2 ) 1.00/2 box microwave popcorn. TURKEY HILL!!!!! ( 2 ) 1.000 any Turkey Hill dairy product, ( 2 ) .75 any 48 0z Turkey Hill premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, no sugar added, all natural and sherbet, ( 1 ) .50 turkey hill ice cream, ( 1 ) 1.00 any 48 0z All natural ice cream, ( 1 ) 1.00 turkey hill natural gelato, ( 1 ) .75 any one 57.6 0z container of Turkey Hill Pure & chilled drink, ( 3 ) .50 on any turkey hill drinks , ( 6 ) 1.00 0ff any Right Guard deodorant product.