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I apologize for taking so long to finish this series. Initially, I was going to do two more parts, but because I am a few weeks behind, I have decided to wrap this series up. 

Once you make the decision to  submit for a rebate, you definitely need to read and understand the rebate requirements.  Every rebate has it own fulfillment requirements and if you fail to meet the requirements, you will not  get your rebate.   Following are some of the more common requirements for redeeming your rebates:

  1. The purchase -Nearly all rebates require you to make some kind of purchase.  You must ensure that you purchase the qualifying item(s) for the rebate.   Please read the  rebate form very carefully to ensure that you have purchased the correct items.
  2. The receiptMost rebates require that you submit your receipt.  Usually you must submit the original receipt, but there are rebates that allow for a copy of the receipt to be submitted.  Be mindful when you are shopping to either request a duplicate receipt or purchase your rebate items in a separate transaction.  There is nothing more frustrating than to discover that you have items for two different rebates on the same receipt and you need an original receipt for both.  Furthermore, you may need to return an item to the store, but you realize that you no longer have the receipt because you submitted the receipt with a rebate request. 
  3. Rebate fulfillment dates and postmark dates – It is imperative that you take note of the rebate fulfillment dates. That is the beginning and the ending dates to purchase your qualifying items.  The receipts that you submit must be dated for the  required  dates of the rebate.  Additionally, rebates must be postmarked by a specific date. 
  4. The rebate formIf a rebate form must be submitted, you must fill it out completely and accurately.  Most forms request your mailing information, but often you must provide additional information. i.e. UPC codes, brief survey answers, etc.   Always double-check the information you put on your form.

Once you are ready to mail your rebate, I strongly recommend that you make a copy of everything that you are submitting.  Rebates are usually handled through a clearinghouse that has contracted with the manufacturer and they handle a lot of mail.  Just in case your rebate is not received or if you rebate is rejected, having a copy of your submission will validate your claim. 

Often times the rebate form will have a website, an e-mail address or a telephone number for customers to follow-up on the status of their rebates.  Most rebates take between 4-12 weeks  to receive. The exact time frame will be listed on the rebate from.  If you have not receive your rebate within that time, contact the manufacturer to verify the status of your request. 

Rebate rejections are normally done in writing and contain some sort of contact information if you to dispute the rejection. If your request is rejected ask for an explanation for the rejection. If you are missing anything, ask if you still have the opportunity to resubmit the missing items.  Some companies will give you an oppotunity to (re)submit any missing documentation  

If you are certain that you submitted everything correctly, ask for your next line of recourse. If all else fails ask for a supervisor and be prepared to send (via mail or fax) copies of what you originally submitted. I have only had one rebate rejected (by Kraft), but I was eventually paid because I was able to prove that I had met all of the requirements.

I hope this series encourages you to start submitting rebates.  It is a good way to obtain products inexpensively or even for free.

 

Following is a list of the freebies I’ve received over the last couple of weeks. This picture was actually taken on Nov. 3, so it almost time for a new Freebie post.

  • Crest Pro-Health sample w/coupons
  • Crest Pro-Health For Me sample w/ coupons
  • Dr. Oz “Just 10 lbs” wristband
  • Kandoo wipe coupon
  • Shout Color Catcher w/ coupon
  • Jergens lotion sample
  • Nicorette Lozenge sample w/coupon
  • SeaPak cookbook w/ coupons
  • Earth’s Best w/coupon
  • Garnier Fructis Shampoo w/coupon
  • Garnier Moisture Rescue gel cream
  • Diesel Colonge sample
  • Coupons from Buy Buy Baby
  • $10.00 Rebate check from P&G
  • CoverGirl Wet Slick lip gloss sample
  • Glory Seasoned cooking base w/recipe cards
  • P&G Sampler
    • Coupons
    • Covergirl/Olay Ageless Serum sample
  • Sutter Breast CancerPack
    • Wristband
    • Button
    • 6 wine glass markers
    • Sutter wine rebate form
    • Breast cancer info. booklet

I went to Target  on  Saturday and other than the fact that they cheated me out $2.00 in coupons it was a pretty good trip.  I will be returning  two of the Friskies because I never let Target get away with cheating me out of money.  This is my shopping list for this week.

  • (2) turtleneck  shirts for my daughter-On clearance for $2.00/ea
  • Sweater for my daughter-On clearance for $6.20
  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups $8.99/ea
    • used (1) $1.50 Target Q
    • used (2) $2.00 printable
  • Large bag of Nestle candy -$2.49 on clearance
  • Bag of M&M candy -$.67 on clearance
  • (2) Large bags of Hershey Kisses -$1.22/ea on clearance
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 SS
  • (8) single containers of Meow Mix -.45/ea
    • used (4) $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 RP
  • (4) Friskies Party Mix-$1.34/ea
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used (4) $1/1 manu.  (Register only took off 2) 8/22/10 SS or 9/12/10 RP

Forgot to include in the other photo

  • (1) Alexia Sweet Potatoe Fries-$2.19
  • Berenstain Bears book-$1.00
  • MP Sandwich bread-.99
  • MP hot dog buns-$1.19

Total  OOP $31.73 including tax  Total saved $38.80 

My daughter celebrated her first Halloween this year and went to her first Harvest party.  She had a ball.  Running around and playing with the other children was the highlight of her day.  I am really not keen on raising her to celebrate Halloween in the traditional manner with the ghouls and goblins. However,  I do like the Harvest parties that many churches and organizations have as a safe and fun way to celebrate the beginning of fall. 

First Costume-Renaissance Princess

We were invited to attend a Hallelujah Harvest party at  Joy Baptist Church in Westland, MI  by one their members, Dicey.  I met Dicey while I was shopping at Target with my mom and my daughter one Saturdayand she  invited us to attend the Harvest party at her church.  While we were at the party, the members were so kind and welcoming that I will definitely be visiting again for their Sunday service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was plenty of food and lots of activities for all ages including  hay rides, a candy hay mound and a bonfire.  There was also a chilli cook-off and Smore’s by the bonfire.  The festivities ended with the trunk or treating.  My daughter has more candy than she could ever eat, but mommy is willing to make the sacrifice and help her eat some of it.  


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