Rebates 101

by Melody on January 2, 2010

I never realized the value of a mail-in-rebate until I started getting serious about couponing. There are so many companies out there offering for you to try their products for free, if only for the reason of getting you interested so you will purchase again. This seems like a fine idea to me, because most of the time, I have a hard time spending my hard-earned money on a product unless I know it’s going to work (or my best friend swears by it!).

I started tracking my rebates in June of 2009 for one reason only, to track each rebate I sent out and make sure I received the money I was supposed to. These rebates can take a little bit of time and effort, so I wanted to make sure that I was getting rewarded. Plus, if I didn’t receive a rebate, I could contact the company and find out why. Since I started tracking, in six months time, I have sent out for and received back 26 rebate checks totaling over $200! These rebates have been for everything from food and beer, toiletries, diapers and baby supplies to a workout DVD and office supplies. These were all free-after-rebate offers. I don’t personally believe in submitting a rebate that is intended as a money-back guarantee if I am happy with the product, so I will not be posting these, but to each his own.

Getting Started

I will post any rebates I come across that are from legitimate companies and are for items that the majority of us will use. I will also try to post scenarios to maximize these rebates for you. I have used a coupon with 98% of my rebates to bring the cost below full retail price and have never once been denied. You can use them in conjunction with a Rite Aid Single Check Rebate and double your money back. You can use them as part of a promotion to get your total to where it needs to be.

My only suggestions for you are to read each and every word on the rebate. Make sure you are buying the correct product, in the correct size and type. Send in exactly what it asks for, whether it be a UPC code cut from the package or an original receipt. Keep track for yourself what rebates you have sent in and when, how much you should receive back and any tracking information that comes with the rebate offer. There are quite a few that give you a tracking website and will tell you exactly where your rebate is in the submission process.

It’s so fun to get rebate checks in the mail, on top of the checks you will start to see rolling in from Rite Aid’s rebate program. Happy shopping!

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