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So you’ve seen me post about some great deals through rebates and you want to know how you can get them! Here’s some “Rebate Debate” to help understand the 101 on Rebates!
1. SAVE THE REBATE FORM
If you find a rebate you might want, make sure to either print or save it on your computer! A company might change their rebates with no warning. The worst is when you buy a product and come back to your computer and can’t find the rebate form!
2. DON’T REBATE JUST BECAUSE
DON’T buy things just because there is a rebate. Only do the rebates for items you need. It takes time and effort to purchase items, get rebates organized and mail them!
3. READ THE TINY PRINT
First of all, you’re PROBABLY going to mess up on your first rebate form, so DON’T WORRY! Just chalk it up to a learning experience and move on.
It’s important to know exactly what you products will qualify for the rebate. So read the fine print on the rebate form to make sure you’re purchasing the right product. Also, the dates of the rebates are very important! Most rebates will require you to purchase the product during a specific time period as well as having you mail in the rebate during a specific time period.
4. USE COUPONS TO SWEETEN THE DEAL
I’ve had readers ask me if you can use coupons on rebate offers. The answer is YES (make sure to read the tiny print just in case coupons aren’t allowed on the rebate)! This will sometimes turn a rebate into a money-maker! Yea!
5. MULTIPLE RECEIPTS
Make sure to stay organized when you check out. Most all rebates require you to send in the original proof of purchase receipt with your rebate. So if you have multiple rebates on one receipt, you’ll have a problem. Or if you want to keep your receipt for returns or anything, you won’t be able to keep it. Some stores may give you a second printed receipt if you ask for one, but I’d recommend multiple transactions just in case they can’t (or won’t) do that.
(*Note: If you accidentally do this, I recommend going back to the store and returning the product then re-buying it if needed.)
6. FILLING OUT AND MAILING YOUR REBATES
I STRONGLY suggest you come right home and put your receipt and the products needed for your rebate off to the side and in a place where you’ll remember to send them in!
1. Remove all needed UPCs from the packaging. (Read my funny store about this below.)
2. Get your store receipt.
3. Get you rebate form.
4. Get a blank piece of paper.
5. Tape everything to the blank piece of paper.
6. Make a copy of this sheet.
7. Record the following information. I like to do this on my Google calendar then simply go in and delete it off the calendar once I’ve received my money.
- Date you mailed the rebate.
- What the rebate was for.
- How much money you should be getting back.
7. NOW YOU WAIT
Most rebates will say expect 6-8 weeks to receive your refund. Some rebates can even take longer than this! That is why it’s really important you keep track of what you’ve sent in so you’re not wasting your time.
*Funny Rebate Story from Cher: “Labels DO Peel Off Silly!”
I had a 5 gallon oil rebate I needed to send in. Being new to rebates, I thought I would need to cut off the UPC code directly from the plastic which would make my container useless. I literally spent DAYS trying to figure out a way I could store 5 gallons of oil, when I realized “DUH, just peel off the label Cheryl!” lol Yes, I struggle sometimes!