Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Week #3-They Say Nothing in Life is Free-Ha!

I like to think I am a good shopper and try to find the best deals.  But in all honestly, I'm not.  I simply don't have the desire to scour websites, blogs, newspapers, etc for coupons.  Nor do I have the desire-or time really-to drive around to multiple stores getting the BOGO deal on deodorant.   I wish I had both the desire and the time because I truly think there is money to be saved.  While discussing this topic with another parent at my daughter's preschool, she shared a money saving strategy with me that I thought was right up my alley.   

Right after telling me how she has never paid for a tube of toothpaste, this parent told me she often emails companies and simply asks them for freebies or coupons.  I replied, somewhat surprised, "You just ask them...point blank?"  "Yep." she proudly replied.  Well, I could do that I thought...So in the name of saving money, here goes!

I decided to pick five companies to email and plead my case.  These are companies whose products I use on a regular basis and that I would really appreciate receiving some of their merchandise.  The companies I plan to email are:

  • Daves Killer Bread
  • Tillamook Cheese
  • Applegate Farms
  • Sensodyne (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Tide (P&G)

I don't think I would have ever thought to email companies directly for my own personal use.  I am definitely stepping out of my comfort zone by doing this!!!  Check back later in the week to see what products I did-or didn't-score!

1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent goal. I have been clipping coupons for a few months & with the exception of "must haves", I only buy what's on sale. It only takes about 30 minutes to clip & write a list but, I save about 33% everytime I go to Safeway or CVS. No stockpile though.

    I have heard that many companies will send coupons if you request them but, like you, it is a touch out of my comfort zone. Anxious to see how this works for you.