If you have a sec today, go through your pantry and make a list of products you like to use. Then take the time to email those companies and tell them you like their products. It doesn't have to be elaborate, here's what I usually say:
Just wanted to let you know that my family loves Product X. If possible, could we please be added to your mailing list? Thanks!
It takes about 15 seconds and I usually receive coupons from the company within a couple of weeks - sometimes even for free items. It's a great way to get coupons for organic/natural products. So, figure 10 minutes to make a quick list of 5-10 products and email the companies. Even if all 10 companies only send you one $1/1 coupon - it's still $10 for your 10 minutes of work.
If you're organized, jot down the date you contacted the company. Most of the time they don't have actual mailing lists and they'll tell you that in their reply. Your contact info is usually purged from their system in three months. So, you can contact them again in three months and receive another round of coupons. (I'm not that organized, though!)
Kickin' it up a notch - Once you get the coupons in the mail, don't run right out and use them - unless you need whatever it is right then. Wait until the product goes on sale, or is part of a larger promotion.
For example, you receive a coupon for Free Bodywash X. You can run out and get your free bodywash or you can wait and see if that particular bodywash will eventually earn an Extra Care Buck at CVS or a Register Reward at Walgreens. If you use it then, you'll have your free bodywash AND "money" to spend at that store. The product is going to be free up until the expire date on the coupon - it's up to you when to use it. Just be sure to use it before it expires!
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