Sent from reader, Karen:
Hi Collin! Thank you for all you do! Like most of us, I try to stay within a pretty strict budget, and one of the hardest areas to budget for in my home are those never ending variable expenses. Like how for some strange reason everyone expects to be fed, and every single day no less!
With the continuous price hikes in groceries, pet food, household items, and cleaning supplies, it’s a part of the budget that can quickly spiral into dizzying amounts. We all know the old standbys of cooking more from scratch, making your own cleaning supplies, etc but sometimes the time to do so isn’t readily available or you want to cut it back further. So you turn to coupons!
“They don’t release coupons for the brand I like.” “The coupons don’t line up with the sales so it’s just cheaper to buy store brand.” “I can never find coupons for produce or meat.” “Why won’t this dang coupon print?”…and so on. I’m an avid coupon user (binders and all!) and I still found myself becoming frustrated that few were ones I actually wanted, or were for such small values ($0.25 off a $20 item, really?) that it barely seemed worth it.
So what coupons did I want? I wanted coupons for my dog’s food, higher value coupons for laundry detergent and toilet paper, coupons for my husband’s favorite iced tea, coupons for produce, coupons for fast dinners on crazy nights, etc etc. And then I simply asked.
I emailed every brand of Greek yogurt I liked and told them so. I emailed the pet food company and told them how my dog thrived on it. I emailed companies about dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, oranges, snacks, motor oil, and everything else I found myself using day to day and gave my honest feedback and requested to be placed on their mailing list. And oh boy, did they respond.
This photo represents what I received in just a 2-week span, and doesn’t show some actual products that I was also sent. Multiple free product coupons, higher value coupons than are generally available to print or in the paper, coupons for other items the company produces, and even a couple checks and one visa gift card.
So if you find yourself sitting down with a cup of coffee and a few minutes to kill… let that coffee brand know you like it! Or if you’re doing the dishes before bed and see you’re running low on dish soap… fire off a quick email before turning in, and let those savings start rolling in!
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