Using Rebates to Save Money

Rebates seem to be fewer and farther between than they used to be.  But they are still  a great way to lower your grocery bill when you find one!  But the first step to saving money with rebates is knowing HOW to do it.

If you’ve never done a rebate before, read over these tips:

  • Read all rebate forms carefully, noting the qualifying products/sizes, purchase period (between xx/xx/xx and yy/yy/yy), and what is necessary for the rebate (form, receipt, actual UPC off of product, etc)
  • Always make sure any items you are submitting for different rebates are NOT on the same receipt! This may mean doing separate transactions at the store or getting items on different shopping trips since you will need a separate receipt for each reabte. (Items for the same rebate can be purchased together – some may even require two items to be purchased in the same transaction to qualify).  If I’m purchasing something that I know I want to send in a rebate on, I will write “rebate” or “R” next to it on my shopping list so I make sure I don’t buy multiple rebate items on the same receipt.
  • Mail in the rebate ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out on it! I usually send mine in within a day or two of purchasing the products.
  • Keep a copy of the rebate form, your receipt and UPC. (99% of the time, rebates will require ORIGINALS, no photocopies. But I do keep a photocopy of all the info in case my rebate doesn’t arrive in a timely fashion.
  • Keep ALL your receipts! You never know when you may come across a rebate you didn’t know about for a product you just purchased!  It’s best to organize them by month.  Just keep an envelope for each month and keep receipts for at least 90 days.
  • Use your coupons even if your buying an item for a rebate!  If you have a rebate offer for a $3.00 product and you use a $1 off coupon when you buy it, you will only pay $2.00 but get $3.00 back!  That’s a money maker!

Just as it is with stockpiling, when you start doing rebates, you have to put a little money in before you start seeing the benefits.  If you start doing available rebates you should start seeing checks in about 4-6 weeks.

Hope this helps you get started!

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