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4 Ways to Fill Your Mailbox with Savings

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Tired of hunting down ways to spend less? You can save thousands of dollars every year by having offers come straight to your mailbox! Read on for ways to get savings sent to your doorstep.

Score coupons for freebies.

Sure, you’ll find coupons in the Sunday paper or online, but companies send their best ones in the mail! “They’ll use exclusive, high-value coupons, often for free products, to reward you for being a loyal fan,” says Kati Kiefer, founder of TrueMoneySaver.com.

“For example, High Road Craft Ice Cream mailed me coupons for six free pints just for reaching out to them!” Simply find the address or email of a company you like, write a letter or email complimenting their product and ask if they can mail you coupons. If they do, you’ll typically receive them within two to four weeks.

Save 25 percent on home services.

Receiving offers in the mail for lower rates on credit cards, repairs, and insurance can lower bills as much as 25 percent. “You can even take them to other providers to negotiate a better rate,” says Kiefer. “After getting a $50 coupon from a plumbing company, I asked a less expensive one if they’d honor their competitor’s coupon. They did, and it saved me over $100!” Want more offers mailed to you? Call the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry at 888-567-8688 and opt in to receiving insurance and credit card offers and sign up at Valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistaddition.

Spend 30 percent less on clothes.

Having store catalogs for clothes, shoes, home goods and more mailed to your home can save you up to 30 percent on your next order! That’s because many catalogs come with a unique coupon code (often on the back page by your address) that can be used online or over the phone — and it only works for the catalog recipient. To request them from your favorite retailers, call their customer service number or sign up at their website, such as Naturalizer.com and PotteryBarn.com.

Nab deals on food and fun.

Most town, county and state tourism centers mail out free magazines about the area — find out if yours does, then call or email them and ask to have your name added to the mailing list. These publications often contain offers from nearby restaurants, hotels, and attractions (such as 20 percent off meals or BOGO offers) and locals are allowed to use them too, reveals Kiefer. In fact, in her city’s tourism magazine, she found a coupon for a restaurant she’d never heard of. “Our family went there for dinner, had the best experience and saved on our meal. Now it’s one of our favorite places to eat.”

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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