Mail in Rebates are sometimes as far from the front of your brain as cleaning behind the refrigerator is! Little does the consumer know that there is a rebate for just about everything you can think of. And companies are always willing to reimburse unsatisfied customers to save their reputation. Bad publicity can be a train wreck for a product, especially if that customer is a blogger!!
Here are some tips to help you with your mail in rebates:
- Make copies of all forms and receipts just in case the postal service loses your envelope!
- Use a simple Excel document to track the date sent out and the rebate offer with the company’s name. Update your Excel sheet when your rebates come in, which can take upwards of 90 days
- I write on the top of the receipt, or the back, whenever one qualifies for a rebate. For example the Kikkoman rebate for the grilling item: purchase 3 and get an item free after rebate. At the top of the Meijer receipt I wrote Kikkoman Rebate. This is easier to find the receipt when you are digging through your purse or receipt pile.
- When I get home I take the rebate receipt and I put it in an envelope so that it doesn’t accidently thrown away or misplaced. I keep every receipt! Which is another tip all in its own. I have a wonderful example for why I keep all of my receipts. I took advantage of the Reynolds wrap at Meijer during a sale and found a rebate about a week later for a diecast car when you purchased 2. Viola! I now have everything for the rebate!
- Another benefit of keeping your receipts boils down to taxes. I sort mine by receipts with medical items and receipts without medical items. The more tax write offs you can get the better your refund will be. The way I personally like to keep these organized is super simple! I have ziploc baggies labeled: 2010 receipts w/o health items and 2010 receipts w/ health items. I keep them in a drawer the is dedicated solely to receipts. I dislike the file folder option because the receipts can slip out and end up in the bottom of the cabinet.
- If you follow a blog they typically have a section dedicated to mail in rebates to keep you updated with the forms you need to mail them in. If you don’t there are other ways to find the forms. Sometimes a manufacturer will run mail in rebates in the coupon inserts along with another money saving coupon. Sometimes a store will advertise the fact there is a mail in rebate next to the product in their ad. You can always go with word of mouth via Facebook! Social media allows us to spread news like wild fire anymore and you are bound to have a friend who is coupon savvy!
- Take advantage of a free offer to get mailing labels. I swear I go through labels like they are candy! I fill out tons of rebates each week that we probably go through a book of stamps weekly. It is totally worth the time investment because manufacturers count on you ‘gasp’ forgetting to send it in! So rebates are yummy money makers!
Since I am in the process of moving the old blog to my ‘big girl’ website I am just going to redirect you to my current mail in rebate page. Sorry for the lack of motivation to do it right now! You can see the current and previous rebates I found at this site here! I now leave you with a bit of cartoon humor.
Mallery is a Savvy Consumer who blogs about some of the best ways to save money out there at Mallery’s Deals. Don’t forget that she does throw in a product review and giveaway here and there, along with a do it yourself tutorial. Mallery lives in Michigan with her Husband and 5 cats until the 5 children come along! You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Email updates!