Who doesn’t like free stuff, I know I do! I had heard from others in the coupon world that some companies would send free coupons or even product samples to those who ask. So-I began my company e-mailing journey on a whim. I did not expect to see much in return, but I was extremely curious as to what I could potentially receive for free in return for a compliment. After sending out e-mails to probably hundreds of different companies, I realized something. There seemed to be a trend among what type of companies send free samples and/or coupons and which ones send nothing.
What I Did
To begin my journey, I started by looking at all the products I currently had in my home. I made a list of my favorite products and began to search out their websites and contact forms. I would send the company a genuine compliment in my email; letting them know what I liked about their products and why. After the compliment, and even at times a personal story of how we as a family use their products, I would ask if they had a free sample program or coupon mailing program which I could be added to. It is important not to just flat out ask for free stuff from these companies. They want to know you are invested in their brand.
When I sent out an email to a company which I had not tried before, I would do a little research on the brand first. Look around their website and see what interests you. Send them the email and explain why you want to try their products and what made you seek them out. Most of the new companies I reached out to were health food and organic brands. I would let them know my family is trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Then after my introduction I would ask about free samples or coupons they may have for me to try out.
We will start with the worst, and leave the best for last!
From my experience, the majority of your major brands are very unlikely to mail free coupons upon request. In fact, for the most part, I received a very generic “thank you for your kind words but we do not have any coupons available at this time”. When you think of major brands, think anything under the P&G umbrella, Kraft, General Mills, Nestle, etc. So in all honesty, unless you have a legitimate complaint which needs to be addressed, it is a waste of your time to send these companies an e-mail. I will say that P&G specifically though does have excellent customer service when there is an issue though.
The Best Free Samples and Products
Now that we have gotten the negative out of the way, it is time to move on to the fun part, the companies who would love to send you samples and/or coupons for their products!
It was my experience that smaller brands, new brands, natural and organic brands; those are the ones who will be the most likely to send you a nice little care package!
Enfamil sent me this very large “sample” sized can of formula for free! While I am exclusively nursing, this will be an awesome gift to a local mother in need. Most formula companies have mailing lists that you can sign up for and they will send out generous free samples to expectant and new mothers.
I had never heard of Freekeh before, but I was curious to try it. This awesome company sent me a full sized package of their super-grain absolutely free along with a ton of coupons for future purchases.
A lot of companies that sell protein powder will be more than happy to oblige a free sample request. Garden of life sent me these sample packets of different flavors of their powders to try.
As mentioned earlier, many of the natural and organic brands send out free samples upon request. Eden Foods sent me this lovely little package to try. I will say that the little boxes of pasta are delicious and great for making a small batch of noodles for my three year old.
Who doesn’t love something sweet? Liddabit sent me this delicious package with a sampling of some of their products. The best part about it was the sweet handwritten note that came along with it. This company seems to truly care about their customer service (and the caramels were delicious).
I felt like I hit the mother lode when this package arrived at my door! Original Juan sent me a wide variety of their products for free (all full sized too!). A few of the items aren’t pictured here, like their apple BBQ sauce (which we used on chicken and pork chops recently). Their customer service was impeccable and everything we have tried so far has tasted amazing!
Organic Valley is a great company specializing in organic dairy products. They had sent me this cute free package over the holidays. One free product coupon, recipe booklet, and an adorable cow shaped cookie cutter!
Skoy Cloth was an interesting little brand that I discovered. I was looking for an alternative to paper towels and came across their website. After some browsing I sent an email. They sent me a really nice dish towel, their paper towel alternatives, and some really great scrubbie pads all for free!
A gourmet cheese company, Belle Chevre sent a very nice free package. It was in a refrigerated box so everything was fresh when it arrived to my door.
While not all companies sent free products, many did sent coupons.
Want more free samples and full sized products? Then head over and check out these Freebies for moms!
What I was about to take away from this, and I hope that you are able to as well, is that it never hurts to ask! None of these companies asked for anything in return for what they sent, they just did it with no strings attached
If you send out e-mails I would love to hear the reactions that you get and see what awesome free items and coupons you receive!
I will continue to update my free list as needed. Don’t forget to sign up by e-mail in order to stay updated on any new free products! You wouldn’t want to miss out on a killer deal!