Friday, June 24, 2011

Roundup: Contacting Companies for Samples/Coupons

Here is the roundup so far of companies I have emailed for samples and coupons.  I will update this list as I email and receive replies from more.  I did not list companies that have not yet replied.  I began emailing companies June 22, 2011.  

Photos as of 6/30 

My basic email was "I like ____ brand's products and have been using them for years (or recently discovered the brand).  Are there any product samples or coupons available so that I can try other products by this brand?" I tried to make each email specific to that brand so that it is not just a generic email.

Updated August 4, 2011

Cosmetics/Bath/Baby/Pharmeceutical Companies
Almay - Received $1/1 Brick coupon in email
Bausch and Lomb - Received various coupons, mostly $1/1
Bed Head/Tigi Products - turned down
Biore - turned down
Bonne Bell - turned down
Burt's Bees - turned down
Calgon - turned down
Caress - turned down
Carmex - turned down
Covergirl - Received coupon for free product, $2/1 product
Dr. Bronner's - Received (3) $1/1 coupons for various products, 4 sample size products
E.L.F. - turned down
EOS - Received (2) $1/1 Shave product
Essie - turned down
Gerber - turned down
Goody - turned down
Hearos Earplugs - Received coupons for $0.25/1, (2) $0.50/1
Henkel - Received (4) $0.35/1 Dial, $0.40/1 Renuzit (except candle), $0.50/1 Purex
Jane Cosmetics - turned down
Jergens - turned down
John Frieda - turned down
Johnson & Johnson - Received (4) $1/1 coupons
JR Watkins - turned down (sent catalogue)
Kiss My Face - Received $1/1 full size product, $1/1 lip product, $1/1 any 
Lever 2000 - turned down
Mack's Earplugs - Received (3) sets of my preferred type of earplugs
Stayfree/Carefree/O.B. - Received (2) $1/1 coupons
Neutrogena - turned down
Nivea - turned down
Olay - turned down
Old Spice - turned down
Opi - turned down
Opti-free (Alcon) - turned down
Organix - turned down
Pantene - turned down
Philosophy - turned down
Prestige Brands - Received (2) $1/1 Little Remedies baby products
Playtex Baby - Received (3) $1/1 Playtex Infant product
Revlon - turned down
Rimmel - turned down
Seventh Generation - Received 4 diapers, sample packet of wipes and dishwashing soap, strip of (5) $1/1 coupons
Tom's of Main - Received toothpaste and bar soap samples
Tresemme - turned down
Unilever - Received various coupons (Vaseline, Q-tip, Degree, Ragu, Hellman's, Breyers, Sauve, Dove, Axe, Lipton, Bertolli, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
Unisom - Received (2) $1/1 Unisom product
Vaseline - turned down
V05 - turned down

Food Companies
Aunt Millies - turned down
Bush's Beans - Received (2) $0.55/1 Baked or Grillin' beans
Campbell's Soups - turned down
Celestial Seasonings - Received (2) $0.50/1 Celestial Seasonings Tea
Con Agra Foods - turned down
Edy's - Received (2) $0.75/1 Edy's 1qt ice cream
Fresh Express - Received (2) $0.55/1 packaged salad
Frito Lay - turned down
General Mills - turned down
Haagen Daz - Received (2) $0.50/1 14oz, 28oz, or bars
Kashi - Received $1/1 Brick coupon in email

Malt-o-Meal - Received (2) $0.75/1 coupons
McCormick - Received (2) $0.75/any, $0.75/1 dry seasoning
Mrs. Dash - turned down
Mrs. Smith's Pies - turned down
Mt. Olive - Received $1/1 any pickles, olive, or relish
Propel/PepsiCo - turned down
Santa Cruz Organics - Received (2) $1/1 product $1.99+
Thomas Bagels/Muffins - Received (2) $1/1 Thomas product

Chlorox Products - turned down
Del Monte Pet Foods - turned down
Downy - Received $1/1 coupon
Hefty - turned down
Nylabone - turned down
Pedigree - Received (2) $1/1 food or treat
Seventh Generation - Received (4) diapers, sample baby wipes, dish soap, and various $1/1 coupons
Sanford Office Products - turned down
Snuggle - turned down

Will mail coupons* = Emailed me back, have not received

Brick coupon = coupon printable by website but may also have a link to have it mailed instead

Turned down = either told me about their email program, promotions tab through their website, or in general told me they do not have coupons and samples available, either due to high volume of contacts asking for these, coupons available frequently in newspapers, or due to the low price of their products.


PinkMama said...

Wow what a list and that must have been alot of work too! I've always thought of contacting companies dirtectly but never got a enough nerve to it so BIG KUDOS to you! Enjoy your coupons! said...

Hello Danielle, I'm a new follower. It's nice to meet you. I'm not sure how I found you but I'm glad I did. I was clicking around face book. This is really cool that you are e-mailing these companies. I'm going to like you on facebook too! Please visit me.

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

I always forget to contact the companies directly. Thanks for the reminder! Love your blog!
I'm your newest follower on GFC!
Hope you'll hop by and visit me too!
Have a great rest of the week!

LisaWeidknecht said...

I'm a new fan from FBLYB!

Family Centsability said...

keep checking back too because I'll be adding to the list every few days or whenever I hear back from companies. I try to contact a few at least every couple of days, at minimum. :) Thanks everyone for checking out the post!

howmyfamilygrowsandsaves said...

it is alot of work its almost like having a fulltime job cause i do it and for almost all that i call n email i get refund or free coupon in return im a sahm mom on a tight budget and it def helps when you get free things from companies that you use i love it my mailbox is always fullll.... and so is my binder i have to actually say get in another line hun i have coupons (lol)

Sunny D said...

I recently contacted Mahatma Rice and received 3 coupons for .50 off. I'm always buying their rice so it was awesome to get coupons for it!

eclypsechic said...

This is awesome! I did this a few years back, but am starting again today so I can help out the household while I'm jobless. Plus mail time is my favorite time of the day. :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome list of companies. When I have a little spare time I try to write to two/three companies. All have responded with coupons!