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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.” 

 

 

Another one of my Frugalnista YouTube  friends  is having an awesome giveaway.  GroceryGurus is giving away a $100 American Express Gift Card  and all you have to do is leave a comment on her giveaway video  and  share her video on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  This post is the sharing portion of my entry.  If you want to learn the ins and outs of  couponing and saving lots of money,  you should definitely check out her channel.  I have learned so much from this Frugal Diva and I’m sure you can too. The contest ends on October 15, 2010.

This was a very quick trip to Target. My mother needed to go to the pharmacy and I just grabbed a few things while they filled her prescription.  I was going to go back yesterday, but my daughter was tired, sleepy and grouchy so, I nixed that trip. Hopefully, I can make it back today to grab some of the P.F. Chang dinners that are on sale.  This week they are $6.99 and there is a $2.00 coupon in the 9/12/10 RP that you can stack with the $1.50 store coupon on Target’s web site.  That makes them only $3.49 each.  I also wanted to do the Venus Razor deal that I read about on TotallyTarget.

This is what I was able to grab while waiting.

  • (1)  Hefty Kiddy cups on clearance-.74 (no coupon used)
  • (2) Turtleneck tops for my daughter-$4.00/ea (no coupon used)
  • (6) Travel size Shout wipes-.97/ea ~~~used (3) $2/2 8/8/10 SS
  • (1) Tide Stain Release-$6.99~~~used (1) $3/1 8/29/10 P&G Saver  and $1.50/1 Target Q
  • (1) Travel size Tide laundry detergent-.97~~~used  (1) $1/1 8/29/10 P&G Saver  adjusted down to .97
  • (2) Archer Farms trail mix-$1.59~~~used (1) $1/2 Target Q
  • (1) loaf of Market Pantry bread-$.92~~~used .50/1 Target Q
  • (3) Sobe waters-$1.02/ea~~~used (3) Free Q’s from the Sobe Heads or Tail Game (no longer available) 
  • (2) Skintamate Shaving gel-$2.24/ea~~~used $.75/1  8/1/10 SS and $1/1 Target Q 8/22/10 SS
  • (4) Edge Shaving gel-$2.24/ea~~~used $.75/1  8/1/10 SS and $1/1 Target Q 8/22/10 SS

Total $44.76 (including tax)  Total coupons $28.54  Total OOP $16.22  Savings 64%

**NOTE** My coupon total is so high because the register was doing something wonky with the Shout coupons and the manager told the cashier to not worry about it as long as I got all 6 items for free.  This error resulted in a $2.06 overage.  Yaaaay for me.

      

Okay, I know it’s a little late, but better late than never.  It is more than a notion trying to work full-time + overtime,  posts updates to the blog, take care of a busy 16 month old and shoot You tube videos….etc.  I know, I know, I am preaching to the choir.  LOL.  We are all busy little bees.  Anyway. This was my final shopping trip from last weekend.  It was okay not nearly as awesome as my SUPER MEGA TARGET HAUL from a couple of weeks ago.  Go here to check out that haul.  It was awesome!!!       

Before I breakdown my trip, let me just say that I have a real love/hate relationship with Target.  I love all of the great deals you can get. I love the fact that they have store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer coupons and I LOVE the Target on Warren Rd. in Westland, MI.  

I HATE the fact that some of their cashiers have not been trained properly on the use of coupons, I HATE that their new computer systems cheats you out of part of your coupon savings. I HATE that they do not always honor their own coupon policy and I really hate the Target store on Ford Rd/Greenfield in Dearborn, MI. That store has proven to be the most coupon hating Target, I have visited.     

I know from some of the comments I’ve read on other blogs that I am not alone in my love/hae relationship with Target.  I believe that if you follow a few tips you can have a great shopping experience at Target.  Plus, I refuse to let a  few player-hating employees, stop me from saving money and getting deals.  I will post my tips on how to have an enjoyable shopping experience at Target.  Now on to my shopping trip.          

 Transaction #1      

  • (2) Hunt’s Ketchup – .84/ea
    • used $1/2 coupon from the August All You magazine 
    •  I did a separate transaction because I needed a separate receipt for the Conagra Rebate. Go here to print your rebate form.
  • Total cost=$1.68   Total coupons=$1.00  Total OOP= $ .68   Total savings=68%

  Transaction #2  

  • (2) Olay Regenerist Facial Wipes – $5.99/ea
  •  (1) Olay Regenerist Daily Facial Cleanser – $5.99
    • used (3) $5/1 coupons from the P&G Coupon Savings Booklet (no longer available) 
    •  Get the form for the new rebate in the 8/29/10 P&G Saver  or here.
    •  Once again I did a separate transaction because I am sending off for the another rebate. Go here to print the form,but hurry it expires on 9/17/10.
  •  Total cost=$19.05 (including tax)  Total coupons=$15.00 $  Total OOP=$4.05  Total Savings=79%

Transaction #3        

  • (2) Bounty Basic Paper Towel – .99/ea
    • used (2) $1.00 (adjusted down to .99) coupons from the P&G Coupon Savings Booklet (no longer available)
    •  Get the form for the new rebate in the 8/29/10 P&G Saver  or here.
  • (3) Aloe Vaseline Lotion -$2.99/ea
  • (3) Travel Sive Tide Detergent – $.97
    • used (3) $1/1 coupons  (adjusted down to .97)   8/29/10 P&G Saver
  • (4) Sauve sampoo – $.99/ea
  • (5) Travel size Degree for Women
    • used (4) .75/1    8/29/10 RP
  • (3) Friskies Party Mix – $1.34/ea
    • used (3) $1/1  8/22/10/SS  and here  
  • (6) Travel size Right Guard – .97/ea
    • used (3) $1.50/2  8/15/10 RP
  • (4) 2pk Sharpie Accent highlighters-$.75/ea
  • (2) Travel size Clean and Clear Morning Burst Cleansers- .97/ea
    • used (2) $1/1 (adjusted down to .97) 8/1/10 SS
  • NYC Lipshine-$1.72
    • used $1/1 August All You magazine
  • Pair of socks for my daughter  $1.00
    • no coupon used
    • used a $6.61 gift card from previous return   (see Target Mega Haul video here)
  • Total  cost $42.01  (including tax) Total coupons & GC=$37.09    Total OOP=$2.67   Total Savings 88% 

Note:  Try as I might I could not figure out the calculations based on the receipt.  I often have that problem with Target. I tried to be as accurate has I could.

 

Please check out my videos on You Tube.   There are a lot of great hauls, coupon tips, and freebies showcased in my videos.  While you are visiting my channel please subscribe, rate and comment.


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