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Great coupon request adventure week 2!

Posted September 6, 2010 11:20 p.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2010 9:16 a.m. EDT

Welcome to Week 2 of The Great Coupon Request Adventure! After a great week 1, I can't wait to see what week 2 brings to our mailboxes!

Here is the place to post the names of the companies you contact, how they respond, and any coupons you receive this week. I was thrilled we had over 100 comments on the blog post for the first week and that everyone is sharing their wins (and big fat no's!).  Let's keep it going in week 2!

 

 

Here are my totals for week 1:

# Companies contacted: 26

# Yes responses: 11

# No responses: 6

# Coupons received: 8 coupons total from 5 different companies

$ Amount of coupons: $12.00 at face value (I am holding on to some of them for Super Doubles or triples making the face value even better!)

There are still 9 more companies that have not yet responded from last week. I hope that the $12 worth of coupons I have already received is just a fraction of the total coupons I will receive as a result of last week's efforts.

I received the following coupons last week (all requests for these were also made last week):

1 coupon for a FREE bottle of Glade spray up to $3.00

2 coupons for a FREE Michelina's entree, up to $2.50

2 coupons for $1.00 off any Entenmann's product

1 coupon for .25 off any Birdeye frozen vegetables or fruit

1 coupon for $1.00 off any 3 Starkist tuna products

1 coupon for .75 off 2 Starkist tuna pouches

The way too bright picture of the coupons I received is in the box above. Forgive the photography - not my strength!

For those of you new to the adventure, here are the details. The link to the first week of fun is posted in the box above. Even if you are just joining us, it's not too late to play. Read on for all the information.

Here's how it works:

Each week for the next 4 weeks (actually for the next 3 weeks, 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.