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All About Mail in Rebates

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All About Mail in Rebates.


Getting rebate checks in the mail is one of my favorite things. It’s like a little gift! Plus, it helps stretch our budget, meaning I can buy even more. Needless to say, I’m always on the look out for mail in rebates! Amazingly though, only about half of rebate offers purchased are actually submitted for rebate. What a waste! It is a process, but I think it’s well worth it! Here is what you need to know about mail in rebates!


How do Mail in Rebates Work?

All rebates follow the same type of requirements: buy the product, cut out the UPC, fill out the rebate form, copy the receipt and mail it in. Some stores {like Staples, Rite Aid and Walgreens} are offering online forms now which cut down on your postage cost plus you can track the status of your rebate online.


Where can I find Mail in Rebates?

  • Besides watching for rebate offers I post, keep an eye out when you’re shopping at the store. A lot of companies offer deals like “Try Me Free” that mean you can snag a rebate! Double check the product though and make sure the rebate offer is still valid before purchasing.
  • Always look at the rebate offer dates first – sometimes old stock can sit on shelves with expired rebate offers. Also, sometimes you’ll find out about a rebate after your purchase and you can submit a rebate then!
  • Keep track of the rebate offers you submit. By keeping track of rebates, you can follow up if you haven’t received it in the allotted time.
  • When purchasing multiple rebate items in a shopping trip, make sure to request multiple receipts. Manufacturers require the original receipt with the rebate form, so you’ll want to make sure to either purchase items in multiple transactions OR request multiple receipts at check out.
  • Rebates can also MAKE you money! You can use coupons with your purchase and then submit a rebate, which means you’ll make money for getting that product! Just make sure to read the fine print on the rebate offer as some manufacturers will not allow you to use coupons AND submit a rebate!


How do you Redeem Mail in Rebates?

I have an envelope on my desk that I use for all rebates. I slide my receipts and rebate offers in the envelope so I can complete them once a month. This is an easy way to keep track of all my paperwork in one spot! I also my rebate tracking sheet:


Rebate Tracker PROOF


What tips do you have for submitting mail in rebates? How much do average in savings a month? Comment and let us know!



All About Mail in Rebates.

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