I read an article somewhere that suggested writing some of your favorite companies (restaurants, products, brands) to give them praise and explain why you patronize them. In return, they are likely to send you coupons, vouchers, and gift certificates. This kind of project is right up my alley! I like to write and I love getting things for free! I picked out a few companies that I would say I love, some local and some national. I wrote to each of them, going into detail about why I support their business.
I received a personal email response from all of them except one. Some of them quickly thanked me for my thoughts while others seemed genuinely appreciative of the time I took to compliment them. I only received one postal letter in return. It was from Purex and contained several coupons.
Well, I didn't tons of free stuff out of this project but I think I did make a few people's day through it. In the end - well worth it. I think I'll go use one of my sixty cents off coupons now.