I love rebates! Companies will offer rebates on specific items (i.e. Buy Product X get a $3 mail in rebate) or a certain dollar amount (Buy $30 of Brand X, Get $10 back) or even generic rebates- mostly from beer companies (Buy meat, get $5 back).
In my state, NC, beer companies cannot put rebates or coupons on alcohol- so instead they put rebates out on meat, produce and other items. No beer purchase is required in NC, but in other states a beer purchase is required.
Here are my top tips for rebating:
-Look in the beer aisle and on beer displays
-Check the websites of companies
-Look for peelies or tags on the products themselves.
-Generally rebates are limited 1 per household so taking 10 forms is not necessary. Take 1 for you and 1 for Mom (or whomever).
Understanding the rebate:
-There is a difference between receipt and receipt(s). The (s) indicates it does not all need to be purchased in a single trip at a single store. If it says receipt and you send in two receipts to qualify for the rebate it will probably be denied.
-Check for restrictions regarding coupons and/or store discounts. Some rebates will deduct the coupon values from the rebate.
Sending in rebates:
- Keep copies of EVERYTHING. Put a date on the copy. Either scan into your computer or keep a paper copy. Keep a record of when you should be expecting the rebate. After 2 weeks past the expected date- contact the company and inquire as to the status.
- Follow directions to a “t”. If it says circle the price- circle the price.This is not the place to skip steps.
-Be sure to check the mail by date. Don’t miss out on a $10 rebate by a single day.
A few other tips:
-Look in the cart. People are notorious for tossing their receipts into the carts (litter bugs) but sometimes I am grateful. I had a rebate form for $4 wyb fried chicken from the deli. Voila- found a receipt in the cart for $15 in fried chicken from the deli= FREE money for me.
-Don’t be fooled. If you see a rebate offer attached to a product- check the date before deciding to buy or not. Recently I have seen at least 3 items with “try me free offers” that expired at least 6 months previously. Glad I checked in the store rather than getting home to find out my “free” item wasn’t so free.
-Don’t base a purchase SOLELY on a rebate. There is always the chance the rebate may not be returned. Buying a $200 item to get a $150 rebate may be a waste of $200.
What rebate tips do you have?