I’ve seen it on couponing blogs and I’ve seen it on books about saving, it seems like everyone says if you write to companies asking for coupons, you will get some in return. Never trying this method of acquiring coupons out for myself before, I decided now was the time to experiment and see what happened if I wrote to companies about coupons.
So, I set out on my experiment by writing letters complimenting each company on their product and asking if they could send me some coupons so I can continue to enjoy what they make. The companies included: Barilla, Buitoni, Rana, DeCecco, HeluvaGood, Amy’s, Zatarains, Norseland (they make Jarlsberg cheese) and Mondelez International (I asked about Teddy Grahams, I love Teddy Grahams).
Here are the results of my writing away for coupons experiment:
Zatarain’s – Zatarain’s is owned by McCormick International, which I didn’t know, but they responded within four days and sent back a note, two coupons and a recipe card.
Barilla – Barilla sent me a great recipe book that had coupons in it as well as tasty dishes. Of course, I can’t find it right now and have no idea where it went so I can’t show it to you. BUT THEN yesterday, August 11, they sent me another letter with four coupon/recipe booklets which I do have a picture of. Shoutout to Barilla for sending two letters!
Amy’s – I actually didn’t think I’d hear back from them, but I did. It took about two and a half weeks but I got a promotional pamphlet with some great coupons.
Buitoni – Buitoni was the quickest to respond. They sent me two coupons and a form letter thanking me for my feedback.
Mondelez – Mondelez is a pretty huge company, so I was definitely expecting some coupons or even just one. I did get a response, but it was a form letter telling me that they “don’t have any coupons [they] can send” but they told me where I can find coupons, like in newspapers and “on the tear-off pads attached to store shelves.” I was disappointed. If you can send me a letter, you can send me a coupon for 50 cents off one of your many, many products.
I have yet to hear back from Rana, DeCecco, HeluvaGood and Norseland. I do hope that I eventually hear from them at some point. Overall, I think I had a pretty positive response, but I was hoping to possibly get a free product coupon or two, but that did not happen. Hopefuly, this inspires you to write to companies about coupons – I will have a post about what you should write in the letters coming up soon!
Have you ever written to companies asking for coupons? What happened? Let me know in the comments!