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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.

 

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Conagra Foods currently has  two rebates you can  submit.  FYI, one of the rebates end on October 31, 2010. 

The new  rebate includes $30.00 in coupons and a $5.00 Walmart gift card when you spend $25.00 on  participating brands. 

Participating Brands include:

  • Rotel
  • Hunts
  • Swiss Miss
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Pam
  • Parkay
  • Marie Callendar’s

You can go here  for details on the new rebate which doesn’t end until January 2, 2011

You can go here  to view the details  and print the form for the rebate that ends on October 31, 2010

In part one of the Rebate Rundown I covered the “why’s” of submitting rebates. This week  I will discuss the 5 Best Ways to Find Rebates.  I’m sure there are other ways to find rebates, but these are the Top 5 ways that I find rebates.

1. Frugal Blogs and Forums-My fellow frugal bloggers are a wealth of information when it comes to current rebates “Coupons Deals and More” has the most comprehensive list of available rebates that I have found. I have only found a couple of rebates that were not listed on this site.  This is usually my first stop when I am looking for a rebate for a particular  product.  Coupon forums are also a good place to find out about rebates  because they are full of like-minded people, knowledgable people who always on top of all things frugal.

2.  Sunday newspaper coupon inserts-Although coupons are the main interest in the Sunday paper  coupon inserts, there are more to the inserts than just coupons. They also contain rebate information, contests and sweepstakes information, recipes and an assortment of other information. It pays to look beyond the coupons.

3. Product packaging A lot of rebates are mentioned on the package of the products.  The package may not sate “rebate” explicitly, but statements such as “Try Me Free”  or “Money-Back Guaranteed” are essentially rebate offers.

4. Product Websites-If I want to know if a  product has a rebate available and I can’t find one on Coupons Deals and More, I check the product’s  website.  The rebate offer may be on the home page, but  if it doesn’t show up on the home page, it may be on the “Promotions” or “Special Offers” page.

5. Family and Friends-When your family and friends know that you are couponer and that you submit rebates, they will tell you about rebates and deals  they learn about even if they don’t use the information. Make your habits known and you will be surprised at how much information will find its way to you.

Although it didn’t make my Top 5 list, coupon.com  deserves an honorable mention. Recently the coupon site has been offering rebates right alongside the coupons.  You can print the rebate forms when you print coupons.  

These are the best ways that I have found for finding rebates if you have some additional ways to find rebates, I welcome your ideas and tips. 

Next on Rebate Rundown….”Fufilling the Rebate Requirements.”

Here are all of the freebies, coupons and rewards I received  in the last couple of  weeks.

  • $100 Gift Card from ConsumerQueen YouTube Giveaway
  • Rebate check from Pantene (Rebate info)
  • Rebate check from Activia
  • Down fabric softener sample w/ multiple Qpon from Vocalpoint
  • Gain Dishwashing liquid. [Look for a $1/1 Qpon in Sunday’s (Oct. 10) paper . You can get it free at Walmart w/ Qpon)]
  • Everlast Energy bar w/Qpon
  • Gas-X Prevention sample w/ Qpon
  • Sleep Pretty in Pink Ear Plugs w/Qpon
  • Nature’s Bounty Adult Gummie Multi-Vitamin w/Qpon
  • (2) Free issues of Everyday w/Rachael Ray magazine
  • (1) Free issue of Baby Talk magazine
  • Eucerin Lotion sample w/ Qpon
  • Nicorette Gum sample
  • Wrist band from Mountian Dew
  • Tiger Balm Neck rub sample w/Qpon
  •  Bic Easy Glide ink pen w/Qpon
  • (2) Organize in Style Qpon Books
  • (2) Huggie’s Qpon books
  • Mambo Sprouts  Qpon book (Qpons are available online too)
  • Qpon for a free bottle of Refreshe pop
  • Qpon for a free Energizer battery pack
  • Qpons for free travel size items from Bath and Body Works
  • Clarins Lipstick sample

 You can see the video here.

For the last couple of weeks, I had been kicking the idea around about doing some sort of series.   I wanted  to cover a subject that I  that I  felt confident I could provide some useful insight on. I had several topics in mind, but the one that I kept coming back to was rebates and rewards. One of  the ways that I  try to make shopping  pay for itself  is by submitting for rebates or  taking advantage of reward programs.   This is my inaugural post for my “Rebate Rundown” series. This series will include tips on finding rebates, making money from your rebates, plus much more. 

Let’s start at the beginning.  What is the difference between a rebate and a reward?  Simply put, a rebate is a  refund (either partial or full) for the purchase of goods or services.    A reward program offers you various items for purchasing goods or services.  Rebates are usually monetary in nature while a reward can include anything from coupons, to store credits, to various gifts and prizes.  Whatever you call it, I like getting something extra for spending my money.

I follow a basic criteria when deciding if I am going to submit for a rebate. One or all  must apply before I will make an effort to fulfill the rebate requirement (s).

  1. Is it a rebate for an item that I normally purchase?
  2. Can I fulfill the rebate requirement with nominal or no out-of-pocket (OOP) cost and turn a profit?
  3. It it a “Try Me Free”  offer. 

I always submit  for any available rebates on items  that  I normally purchase.  If you are going to spend the money anyway, why not get some of your money back.  That is just common sense.  For those of you that think submitting for rebates is a hassle, I will debunk that theory in a future ” Rundown”. I will say this though, by not requesting your rebate you are essentially giving your money away.  

Often you can combine a good sale with  manufacturer coupons, and store coupons/rewards to get products super cheap or for free.  When there is  also a rebate available,  you can actually make money.  Just recently Proctor and Gamble had rebate  that gave you back $20.00  when you purchased $50.00 worth of Olay  products.   Using the following deal  at Target I was able to make a $7.84 profit by submitting for this rebate:

  • purchased (9) Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansers for $5.99/ ea
  • used (9) $5.00/1 coupons from the P&G Year of Savings coupon booklet     
  • Total Cost=$53.91 + 3.25 in tax
  • Total OOP=$12.16
  • Total Rebate=$20.00
  • Profit=$7.84

Not only did I make a profit, but I actually love the product.  Drugstores  usually offer the best opportunities to make money from rebates.  Between their store coupons and  various reward programs (Extra Care Bucks at CVS), Register Rewards at Walgreen and Single Check Rebates/ Up Rewards at  Rite Aid) there are always opportunities to turn great deals  into money-making deals.

Finally, “Try Me Free” offers guarantee you all of your money back when you purchase a specific item.  I do not submit for all “Try Me Free” rebates because it still requires an upfront OOP cost and it is not always a prudent purchase.  If it is an item that I can actually use and/or  the upfront OOP cost is reasonably low then, I will definitely purchase the item.  Using a coupon with a  “Try Me Free” offer always makes the rebate a money maker.

Please be mindful that this is the criteria that I use. By no means is it all-inclusive. This is only meant to be a  guideline to assist you in deciding if it is worth it for you to submit for a particular rebate.  Getting part of your money or even all of your money back is great, but making a  a profit is always my ultimate goal when requesting a rebate.

Next time I’ll Rundown  “How to Find Rebates.” 

 

 

 

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Proctor and Gamble has a new coupon savings booklet. Purchase $50 worth of P&G  products  between 8/20/10 and 12/31/10 and receive a coupon book with over a $100 in coupons.

The last P&G savings book contained some coupons that enabled me to get free Bounty paper towels and some $5.00 Olay Regenerist coupons. I scored some facial cleanser for $.99  at Target. Check out the video here. If you the find right sales and use the right coupons, you don’t have to spend $50.00 OOP (Out of Pocket) to qualify for your book. I spent $28.00 OOP to get my last book. 

Just go here to print your rebate form. You can also see which coupons will be included in the booklet and view all of P&G products here. 


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