Whether it is printing them off on your home printer, attaching them to your cell phone or pulling them up on a specialized app, coupons are getting easier to use.
What is also true is that the old ways of getting coupons still work like a charm and that is why getting coupons by mail is a great strategy for saving money.
Getting Coupons For Specific Products
Nobody wants random coupons to show up in their mailbox so it is necessary to make sure you are only targeting the brands you want.
The process is pretty simple. Look a
t the package of your favorite product and find the manufacturer. Head over to the website and find the page where you can contact them.
Once on the contact page, write a brief complimentary letter and ask if they ever give out coupons for their products. They will typically send you a nice response and that response will include coupons.
Now once you sign up for a list you can expect them to cross promote to you from other brands by the same company. So if you sign up for Pampers, a Proctor and Gamble product, expect them to also cross promote with Mr. Clean, Tide, and other P&G products.
There are tons of ways to get free samples online, the best site right now is FreeFlys. They keep a running list of free samples that you can login and sign up for. FreeFlys is free but you will have to sign up to see all the free samples.
I LOVE to get free stuff for my birthday. Now I have a great list and strategy for getting birthday freebies all year long. It is so bad that my family and coworkers make fun of me for frequently announcing it is my birthday.
What you also sign up for when you sign up to receive free stuff on your birthday is to get notices of when special events are going on with that company. This include promotions and, of course, coupons.
Many of these will now send you printable coupons to your e-mail, but a lot will still do the coupons by mail.
If you live near a major grocery store (that is not a Wal-Mart) there is a good chance that you can get them to send you coupons in the mail. Since Kroger is the largest grocery store chain in the country we will use them as an example.
Once you sign up for the Kroger card they will begin to collect information on you. Kroger does this because they want to make offers that will get you in their store more often.
This does not mean they are watching you at your home, it only means they watch your purchases while you are in store. Once they gather enough info, they will start to send you targeted coupons by mail and by e-mail that match your normal shopping habits.
These coupons are great because they are store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons.
I don’t have Kroger in my area, but both Bi-Lo and Publix do the same thing. You can also check to see if they have any special clubs. For instance, Publix has a baby club, a pet club, and several other specified clubs (there is even a wine club).
By joining that club you will get special store coupons each month that match up to what the people who join these clubs like to buy. So check to see if your local grocery chain has anything similar and sign up to get those coupons!
Places I Signed Up to get Coupons By Mail and Other Places
There are several place I recommend signing up just because they have so many brands that you can really get a bunch of different coupons. Some of them will be coupons in the mail while others will come via e-mail.
- SavingStar – They won’t send you coupons to your mailbox, but they make the easily available on your phone. Savingstar makes couponing easier.
- SmartSource – A good source for printing coupons from your computer, they are most well known for their Sunday newspaper coupons.
- RedPlum – They do online coupons, coupons in the mail, and are known for putting their circulars in Sunday newspapers.
- Coupons.com – They have stopped doing coupons in the mail, but coupons.com is a great option for printing coupons at home.
- P&G Every Day Rewards – Their list of online coupons is impressive, but they also send me a coupon book about once a quarter.
- Target RedCard – Sign up for either version of the RedCard and they will send you coupons (I prefer the debit card version). Target is the king of finding promotions that meet a customers needs. They have even been able to send coupons to a woman who is pregnant but not told anyone yet. See my full review of the Target RedCard for more information.
- Kraft Food & Family Magazine – There are tons of brands and products associated with Kraft. The magazine gives you useful recipes and coupons to help you save money.
Final Thoughts on Getting Coupons By Mail
I believe that getting bulk coupons by mail will eventually phase out for digital and less expensive options. What will not phase out is companies wanting to connect with loyal customers.
So whatever your favorite store is, make sure they know who you are and can contact you to send you these great deals.