If you are just tuning into the How to Save Money at Walmart series, here are some posts you may have missed:
- Lesson #1 – How To Price Match Like A Pro
- Lesson #2 – Coupon Overage
- Lesson #3 – Competitor’s Coupons
- Lesson #4 – Mail-in Rebates
- Lesson #5 – Shop Walmart Clearance like a Pro
Long before I started couponing, I hated rebates. Thought they were a big fat waste of time and energy. I mean who really has time to fill out a rebate form, cut the UPC label & send in a receipt JUST to get money back? I hope you sensed a little sarcasm there…because um…the last time I checked…we could all use a little extra money!
Rebates come in a variety of forms. You can find rebates online (like this $10 Valvoline Rebate). Some rebates are found attached to the packages in the form of stickies or peelies and sometimes you find rebates on a tear pad in your grocery aisle. But my favorite type of rebate is the kind you find on beer (like this one)
Below are some of my favorite rebate tips:
1. Send it in immediately – The longer that you wait to send in the rebate, the more likely you will forget about it. It’s happened to me and I just want to kick myself for not sending it in right away.
2. Don’t throw away the packaging – Most times you will also need to send in the UPC label from the packaging, so be sure NOT to throw out the box before you get a chance to cut out the UPC label
3. Keep your receipts – The first thing I do when I get home with either a Rebate form or making a purchase at Staples, I take out the receipt and rebate form and put them aside near my computer, so the next time I sit down to work or surf the net, I’ll remember to do the rebate.
4. Make a list – If you are sending out a lot of rebates, you may want to keep a list of all the rebates you send out along with their expected delivery time (usually 4-8 weeks) and a contact email or phone number to inquire should your rebate never arrive.
5. Extra Savings – One thing I like to do with the rebate checks I receive…is deposit them into a special fund account like Christmas or Vacation. It’s money I’m not missing anyway, so I might as well stash it away as soon as it comes in. Because if it’s in my checking account…I WILL spend it!