Saving Money: Sign up with Brands


If you are loyal to a brand (like I am to Skippy Peanut Butter. Mmm.), it may be harder to find sales and coupons. If that thing you like is really good or popular (again, Skippy Peanut Butter), sales and coupons may be even rarer.

Here’s the thing: brands want your eyeballs. They want to hear from you, and they want to send you things.  If you let them, you can get the goodies. Often, just going to the brand website will get you a coupon. For example, right now at Skippy, if you scroll down, you can print out a coupon.

To get better deals, see if there’s an email newsletter you can sign up for. If you like, set up a separate email account for all your brand and coupon newsletters. This can yield unexpected prizes. For example, when you sign up at Pillsbury, they’ll send you a link to an online recipe book.  I was going to ignore it, but I decided to click through, and found this cool chart of produce seasons. I printed it out for my fridge.

in season

And, I admit, I also printed a couple of yummy-looking recipes.

I haven’t done this yet, but it’s also recommended that you write the brand and tell them how wonderful they are, and ask for coupons. You’ll probably get them.  Many moons ago, I worked customer service for a ramen company. I dealt with a lot of complaints, so fan mail really made my day. And no matter what they said, most folks got a case of ramen.

All of this is especially true of restaurants. I get regular emails with coupons from our favorite eateries, so we’re rarely going without a coupon. Just remember–tip on the original total, not the total after coupons.

Will all this get you spam? Probably, but my email has a pretty good filter, and it’s worth it to me to get coupons and other bits. I even give them my mailing address if they want it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get some peanut butter.


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