Why should you submit rebates?
In 2009, I redeemed $743.62 in rebates by simply buying products and mailing in the rebate form. If that’s not reason enough, then I don’t know what is. Some people think rebates are simply getting a refund of money spent, but that is one the biggest rebate myths ever. I have redeemed rebates on items that paid for using coupons and zero out of pocket.
Rebates are easy to submit and usually only require that you mail in (3) things;
- a rebate form
- a receipt
- the product UPC code.
Where do I find rebate forms?
I have my rebate form…now what?
Try to buy the rebate item when it is buy-one-get-one FREE or when it is buy-one-get-one 50% OFF. Always use a coupon if it’s available and double check your rebate offer to make sure you buy the right item.
Here’s an example of a BOGO 50% off + coupon transaction I recently made a Rite-Aid. Even though I did not pay full price for the rebate items, I will still receive a check for the full amount of the rebate.
Fill out your rebate form legibly. If possible, include a return address sticker. If the processor can’t read your writing, you may not receive your rebate.
Write down the address and any contact information found on the rebate form. Also, make a notation of the rebate validity dates as well as the date you mailed in your rebate (or postmark date).
Mark your calendar making a note to yourself regarding when to expect your rebate. If the rebate says 6-8 weeks, than mark your calendar at about 7-9 weeks away. This extra time is allotted for mailing and processing. Finally, mail your rebate and file your rebate information in a safe place.