I'm Back! Sorry it has been a while, but I am back to writing.
This weeks post is all about Mail-In Rebates. Coupons are not the only way to save money when purchasing everyday items, and when Mail-in Rebates and coupons are combined, you can actually be paid to use the product.
The Wikipedia definition of a rebate "is an amount paid by way of reduction, return, or refund on what has already been paid or contributed. A Mail-in Rebate entitles the buyer to mail in a coupon, receipt and barcode in order to receive a check for a particular amount."
Companies like Staples use "Easy Rebates" all the time to give away many products for free in a given week. You must buy their items on certain days of the week, usually Sunday or Monday, and must submit for the rebate within 30-days of purchase. Once you do that, they will send you individual checks for each product. The nice thing about Staples is that they promote these rebates in their circular.
Alcohol and wine also use the mail-in rebates quite a bit. You can find these rebates in the coupons in the newspaper. They will offer multiple amounts back based on how much you purchase. If you purchase a case of a certain type of wine, you can mail in the rebate and get $25 back. Plus, most liquor stores give you a discount for buying a case. This is a win-win for the liquor store and the manufacturer.
The following is a great blog I found that posts some of the biggest rebates that you might not have known about. Check the blog often to find new rebates.
One final tip: keep a log of your rebates. Make sure you are getting everything back that you are supposed to. If you haven't seen the check within 2 months, call the company and find out what is going on. Don't leave money sitting on the table, every $1 is another $1 in your pocket.