I get asked all the time — where can I get coupons? There are common places almost everyone knows about, such as the Sunday coupon inserts in your newspaper, but did you know you can get coupons in the mail?
There are many ways you can get those coveted manufacturer coupons sent directly to you by postal mail (remember snail mail?!) so you can start saving money — no extreme couponing tactics required.
Let’s be honest here. The easiest way for you to get started with couponing is to use your Sunday newspaper. It shows up in your driveway with coupon inserts inside, just waiting to be clipped.
If you can spend a little more time saving money, you can use websites to print online coupons. You’ll find deals on coupon sites like Coupons.com, SmartSource, and RetailMeNot Everyday. (You can also use coupon apps from those same companies.)
However, what if you could just walk to your mailbox and have paper coupons waiting for you? Would you say SIGN ME UP?
Below, I share some of my favorite tips to help you get free coupons by mail to help you save money. Sometimes, these are even better deals than those you can receive online or in your Sunday paper!
HOW TO GET COUPONS BY MAIL
1. E-mail to praise or complain
E-mailing companies is the easiest way to get free coupons by mail. Take the time to e-mail a company or manufacturer and tell them what you love about their products. They will often thank you for your comments by sending you coupons for free or even a coupon book.
You can also sometimes get coupons by mail if you email with an issue or concern. Perhaps your grocery item was not fresh or did not taste as good as you wanted it to. E-mail the grocery store to tell them about it. They want to make it right, and the easiest way to do that is to send a coupon for a free item.
Getting in touch with a company might also get you on its list for direct mail coupons. Businesses often maintain a direct mail list to share specials and new products with their customers. If you wind up on one of these lists, it can keep the coupons coming! (It can also mean more junk mail, so keep that in mind.)
Before you just jump in and start randomly emailing companies to send coupons, make sure you read my post on How to E-mail Companies for Coupons. It will help you make sure you do it correctly, which may result in getting the results you want!
2. Sign up for newsletters
Take time to sign up for lots of newsletters! Companies and retailers will often e-mail coupons as part of their weekly or monthly e-mail, which can get you printable coupons or coupon codes to use online.
Bonus tip: Go through your home and make a note of all of the products you use and where you buy them. Then, go to each of those manufacturer or store websites and sign up to get their newsletters. This is especially helpful for getting manufacturer’s coupons, store coupons or grocery coupons.
3. Get on birthday lists
Watch your mailbox fill up with coupons in the month leading up to your birthday! Make sure you check out my list of more than 100 birthday freebies and take advantage of them as well.
4. Follow companies on social media
Social media is an excellent way for brands to share coupons and (sometimes freebies!) with consumers. Use the list you created in Step 2 above and follow them on social media like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram. (You can often find links on the company’s website.) And of course, you should join our Facebook group – so you don’t miss a thing!
5. Request samples by mail
When companies have new products they want you to try, they will often send free samples by mail. These sample boxes often include a high-value coupon tucked inside! Check out MySavings or PinchMe to find the most recent free sample offers currently available.
6. Purchase a coupon service
Some businesses will mail you Sunday coupon inserts for a fee, effectively allowing you to get extra inserts without buying multiple copies of your local paper. Some websites will even provide a coupon insert schedule and give you a Sunday coupon preview so you can decide whether it’s worth it to buy the Sunday inserts.
Another way to “buy” coupons is to join a clipping service. These companies will mail you clipped coupons (not the whole insert) for a fee. FYI that the fee pays for the clipper’s time spent on couponing, not the coupons themselves, because selling coupons is illegal. Getting extra coupons from a clipping service can be helpful when you find a great deal on a product you use often or a lot of.
That’s it! A few simple things you can do to receive coupons in the mail and start saving.