This is a post by Couponers United writer Melissa R. Melissa is a stay at home wife & mom to 3 young children. She is a part time college student and has been couponing for over a year!
Ok, so I have to admit, even though I have been couponing for over a year now I’ve never been very good at remember to mail in my rebates. That changes today!!! We’ve seen some great rebates lately and I’ve decided to start a savings fund with the money I will be receiving from them. This year for Thanksgiving I would like to take a family vacation to visit my mom in Tennessee, and plan on using all of my rebate money to cover the cost of gas to get there.
The first thing I needed to do was figure out why I was always forgetting to mail in my rebates, and realized it all came down to my organization (or lack there of, oops!). All of my receipts were in my wallet and my rebates were in my small accordian folder that I carry my coupons to the store in. So yesterday I went out and picked up another accordian file just for my receipts and rebates. I also found this great site called Rebate-Tracker.com. It is free site that you can enter in all of your rebate information, and they will send you reminders of when they are due, which rebates you have submitted already, and even has a search option to help you find rebates for a specific item!
Almost all rebates require the original store receipts, so if you are purchasing items for more than one rebate, remember to either separate the transactions, or ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt if possible. Some rebates also require the UPC from the item. For this you can always remove the UPC and put it in your file with the rebate forms, or take a marker and mark on the container to remove the UPC when finished.
We also have to keep an eye on the specific wording of the rebates. Some will state that a purchase must be made before a specific date, while others say that the purchase must be between certain dates. Also keep an eye out on the dates to redeem. Most rebates have a date they must be postmarked by and another date that they must be received by. If you don’t use Rebate-Tracker.com, make sure you keep a list of what rebates you have submitted for,the dates you have mailed them and when you should receive your rebate, and any phone numbers on the rebate in case you never receive your check. It also doesn’t hurt to scan your filled out rebate and receipt into the computer, just in case!
I also learned something new about rebates this week. A lot of times you will see a rebate for a certain dollar amount when you purchase (for example) “beef, charcoal, and a 12-pack of beer.” Well, guess what? Some states are what you call “No Beer Purchase Required” states! That means you can just purchase the “beef and charcoal” or whatever other items are listed, and still qualify for the rebate. These lucky states are usually listed as NBPR states, but always double check on the rebate to make sure: AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MD, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OK, UT and WV. Oh, how I wish I lived in one of these states!
Well, I’m off to the post office to mail in my rebates now. Keep an eye out for future posts on how much I’m adding to my vacation fund with my rebates. Happy saving!
Stay tuned for a LONG list of rebates to be posted today!!