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I haven’t shopped much in the last few weeks so, I was excited to get out this weekend. It was a marathon shopping day. I hit several stores and between trying to get all of my deals and Christmas shopping for my daughter,  I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I managed to save a ton of money at Target this week ($115.98 according to my receipt.)  I was cheated out of $9.00 in coupons, so I have to return a couple of items but, otherwise it was a pleasant trip. 

Purchases made in two transactions.

  • (4) AirWick candles $2.99 ea.
    • (4) $3/1 MQ 11/14/10-SS
  • (4) Tide (travel side) .97 ea
    • (4) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (6) Sleepshirts $1.98-3.24 ea.
    • (2) $10/3 TQ
  • KitKat $1.00
  • (2) 7 ct. Nescafe stick pack  $1.00 ea.
    • (2) .75/1 printable
  • Market Pantry Bagels $1.24
  • (3) Healthy Choice frozen meals $1.79 ea.
    • (1) B1G1 (Snail Mail Q)
    • (1) $1/2 MQ 10/17/10-SS
  • (2) CPK Pizzas $2.89 ea.
    • (2) $1.50/1 printable
  • (4) Vaseline Lotions $2.69 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (4) $1.50/1 TQ
  • (6) Softsoaps $1.00 ea.
    • (3) $1/2 TQ (Target mailer)
  • (4) Suave deodorants .97 ea.
    • (4)  .75/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • (3) Suave shampoo .99 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (3) Degree deodorants (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (7) Gillette Shave Gel (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (7) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) NYC nail color $1.72 ea.
  • (5) Herbal Essences .97 ea.
    • (5) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) Vaseline Lip therapy $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 printable (no longer available)
  • (3) Up pantyliners .89 ea.
    • (3) .75/1 TQ
  • (2) Gas-X chewable tablets $3.98 ea.
  • Crayola crayons $1.97
  • Crayola Toy $5.99
    • $2/1 MQ (Sent from Pamper)
    • $1/1 TQ (Target Mailer)
  • (4) Friskies cat treats $1.42 ea.
    • (2) $2/2 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • Leap Frog toy $19.99 (Not pictured)
  • OOP $46.71  Saved $115.98 

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 

I received a number of new freebies over the last week or so.  Here’s a list of what  I received: VIDEO LINK

  • (2) Coupons for a free tub of Cottonelle moist wipes
  • A coupon for a free bottle of Advil
  • (2)  Samples of Quaker life bars w/ coupons ( will be stacking these with the Target IP)
  • Sample of Wisk laundry detergent
  • Sample Gald trash bag
  • Sample box of Kleenex
  • Sample of Vaseline lotion
  • Sample of Nivea Happy Sensation lotion
  • Sample of Cold-Eeze cold medicine
  • Sample of Organix feminine pads
  • (2) Sample boxes from Roca la Vida ???
    • Box #1 included  samples of Bisquick, Fiber One Cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and Nature Valley granola bar
    • Box #2 included  a full size box of Hamburger Helper and samples of Fiber One Cereal and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

 

Today’s trip to Target for uneventful.  Thank God.  I was able to use all of my coupons and get some freebies problem-free. Here is what I was able to score for $13.26 including tax.

  • (2) Huggies Pull-ups-$8.99/ea.
  • (2) Gald Tough Odor Solutions carpet fresh-$1.99/ea.
  • (2) Glade Tough Odor Solutions room spray-$2.34/ea.
  • (8) Travel size Tide laundry detergant-.97/ea.
    • used (8) $1/1  RP 9/26/10
  • (4) Pairs Merona socks-$2.00/ea
  • (2) Nescafe Coffee 7ct. stick packs-$1.00/ea.
  • (1) Lunchable-$1.02 /ea.
  • (4) Kraft sting cheese-.49/ea.
  • (11) Olay Body Bars-.97/ea
    • used (11) $1.50/1 RP 9/26/10
  • (2) St.  Ives Travel size body wash-.99/ea 
    • used (2) $.75/1 SS 9/19/10

Total OOP  13.29  including tax          Total Saved $53.17 

Basically, I only paid for the Pull-UPs. 

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.


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