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Have you ever thought about couponing?
No, I don’t mean gathering hundreds of coupons and using them to acquire enough canned food in case WWIII happens.
I just mean getting some coupons for things that you actually buy so you can save a few bucks.
Okay, I get that it might not be for everyone, but I swear it’s not as tedious or as difficult as it might sound. And couponing can save you a good bit of money – every little bit adds up, especially when you’re on a budget.
The difficult part is getting the coupons.
You probably already know about getting coupons from the newspaper, but that’s not the only place where you can get free coupons.
There are actually quite a few super easy things you can do to get free coupons. There are even ways where you can get free coupons sent to you in the mail FOR FREE (no coupon cutting needed!).
In this post, I’m going to share tons of ways to get free coupons by postal mail, places where you can print coupons for free, and places where you can get cheap coupons (don’t worry, it’ll be cost-effective). 👍
How to Get Free Coupon Books By Postal Mail
Here are some ways that you can get free coupon books by postal mail, and free coupons by mail! Let me know if you try any of these ways. 😀
Follow Brands on Social Media
This is probably the easiest way to get free coupons – social media!
Make a list of all the things you use regularly (doesn’t have to be a physical list, it can just be a mental one), and find the companies social media profiles and follow / like their pages so you can stay up to date with sales and you can have a chance to get coupons!
You don’t have to follow every social media profile that a company has (that would be crazy). At the very least, I would try to follow the companies on whatever social network you use the most. And if you can manage it I would follow the companies Twitter account, their Facebook page, and their Instagram profile (if they have it).
A lot of the coupons you will get through this method will be printable/digital, but there will definitely be opportunities to have coupons sent to you in the mail.
Get On Birthday List
This is another super-easy way to get free coupons! When you’re in a store, or when you signup for an email newsletter there’s usually a place for you to enter your birthday.
You could get a free item or a special coupon for your birthday!
Here’s my three favorite birthday freebies:
- Arby’s (Free Shake)
- Denny’s (Free Grand Slam [+20% off coupon when signing up])
- Red Lobster (Free Dessert)
If you’re interested in other birthday freebies you can get, check out Retail Me Not’s List of 100 Birthday Freebies
Get Free Samples
There are tons of companies that send out free samples to get people’s opinions on them. Sometimes it’s just a single sample, and other times a few different samples are sent in one box.
When these samples are sent out, they sometimes include a coupon!
Here are some websites you can use to get free samples (and possibly coupons!) sent to you:
- PinchMe (Has Skincare, Food, Pet Food, and More)
- Sample a Day (Food, Makeup, Games, Cleaning Products, and More)
- I Love Free Things (Food and Household Items)
Redplum / RetailMeNot Everyday
You’ve heard of Redplum, right?
In case you haven’t heard of Redplum, it is a coupon book that is either mailed or found in newspapers.
You can use the Redplum Coupon Book Finder to see exactly what newspaper you can find the coupon book in and if it’s able to be mailed to your address!
Redplum doesn’t just have coupon books and mailers, they also have digital and printable coupons, too!Redplum is changing its name to RetailMeNot Everyday and the digital and printable coupons are now available on the RetailMeNot Everyday website.
Valpak is similar to Redplum. They also send mailers filled with coupons!
Valpak doesn’t usually include coupons in newspapers, the Valpak coupons usually come in a Valpak branded envelope separately.
If you aren’t getting the Valpak envelope, you can add yourself to their mailing list.
Just like Redplum, Valpak also has digital and printable coupons! You can also find a lot of cool coupons for local eateries and local businesses on Valpak.com.
P&G (Proctor & Gamble) Coupons in the Mail
P&G (or Proctor & Gamble) is a huge company that owns tons of household brands like Bounty, Dawn, Gain, Pampers, Pantene, Tide, and more!
They have an online website called P&G Everyday where you can get mailed coupons, digital coupons, printable coupons, and free samples!
All you have to do is create an account, answer some questions about your household and what kinds of products you use, then you can select what coupons and samples you want!
Contact Companies Directly / Email To Complain
Another way to get free coupons that rarely gets mentioned is emailing or contacting the company directly.
This involves a bit more work than just signing up for a website or following a company on social media, but it can be so worth it.
Also by contacting the company directly, you’re helping them out by letting them know what you like (or don’t like) about a product!
Here’s how you do it:
Find the Company
It seems pretty straight-forward, right? To contact the company you need to find the email address of the support department or use the contact form on their website (if they have one). You should be able to find one or both of these things by using Google.
Gather The Information
When you’re contacting the company you need to give them specific and helpful information, you can’t just say “I love your products!!111!!!”.
You will want the exact product name, how long you’ve been using it, and what you like (or don’t like about it). If you have a complaint about the product make sure you have the UPC code handy, when and where you purchased it and the specific issue you’re having.
Draft Your Email
Once you have all your information handy, you can draft your email. Make sure you’re very polite and clear about how you feel about the product.
Here’s what I would say if I had a complaint:
Hello, my name is xxxx, I purchased xxxx on [date] (product UPC is: xxx xxxx).
I usually love buying things from your company, my family and I love xxx and xxx. We tried this particular product and [had this issue].
I just wanted to let you know the issue(s) I was having, hopefully, this is just an isolated incident.
And here’s what I would say if I loved a product:
Hello, my name is xxxx, I purchased xxxx on [date] (product UPC is: xxx xxxx).
I usually love buying things from your company, my family and I love xxx and xxx. We recently tried [product] and absolutely loved it!
[I’d go into detail about what I loved and why]
I just wanted to let you know how much we love [product].
Here is a list of 25 companies you can email for free coupons.
Other Ways To Get Free (Or Cheap) Coupons
I wanted to include some extra ways to get free coupons. These aren’t coupons that are mailed, but they are free! And the extra work it may be to download or print them is usually worth it!
This is one of the OG ways to get free coupons – your Sunday paper!
These coupons are pretty easy to get, no printing needed, all you need to do is cut!
Here are two tips for making the most out of the Sunday coupons:
- You can use websites like Grocery Coupon Grids and Sunday Coupon Inserts to see what coupons will be in your upcoming Sunday newspaper so you can plan your shopping list around them.
- If you see coupons you like, you can ask your neighbors or friends/family if you can have their leftover papers or inserts so you can get more coupons!
Buy Coupons Online
There’s a couple of places online where you can buy coupons!
These coupons can help you save a good bit of money (for example on Klip2save I saw a lot of “Save $1” coupons for just $0.10!).
You just select the coupons you want, pay the fee and whatever shipping cost there is, and you’ll have coupons in your mailbox within a few days!
Sign-up for Newsletters
This one is probably a lot easier than buying coupons or going through the paper.
All you have to do is find your favorite companies and signup for their email newsletters! Companies will keep you informed about new products, what’s going on sale, and will most likely also send you coupons to your email!
Free Printable Coupons
If you have a printer and some ink, you can take advantage of printable coupons!
There are a few companies that give printable coupons for their products (like P&G), and there are also quite a few coupon websites that specialize in printable coupons.
Here are a few coupon websites where you can print coupons for free:
Free Coupon Inserts
If you’re looking for more than just individual coupons, you can look out for free coupon inserts.
Inserts are very thin booklets that have multiple coupons!
Here’s a few places where you can find free coupon inserts:
- Check your local convenience store or gas station
- Look out for those free newspaper stands
- Lobbies of apartments, condos, and hotels
There you have it! 5 ways to get free coupons by postal mail (and 8 bonus ways to get free coupons)!
Let me know if you end up trying any of these methods! I’d love to hear about what worked for you!