Mail in Rebates

December 28, 2009 at 11:25 am 3 comments

I have posted a few mail in rebate deals lately (the Just for Men, Olay, and Dulcolax).  I never used to bother with these, but I have decided to give them a good try for this next year.

Mail in Rebates (MIRs) are pretty simple.  You purchase the qualifying item, fill out the redemption form (some ask for the UPC to be cut off the product, others let you just write the codes down), and send it off in the mail.  Most of the time you have to wait 6-8 weeks to receive your check back.  That’s why I never bothered before – it didnt seem worth it to have my money out of commission for that long.

The deals I am submitting now, however, are money maker deals.  With the Just for Men haircolor, I purchased it after Thanksgiving at CVSfor $8, used the $2 coupon that I printed off their site, and received a $8 Extra Buck.  So that already made it a $2 money maker.  Then I was able to submit my receipt for the MIR – meaning that in about 6 more weeks I should get a check for $8 – a check that I can put into savings or use to pay a bill (can’t do that with EB!).

To keep track of my rebates, I have made a small spreadsheet.  Across the top I listed the item, date purchased, rebate details (look in the fine print for the phone # to call if your rebate does not show up), date mailed, and date received.  This way I can look and see that I should be expecting to receive rebates, and if they dont show up I can call to find out where the check is.

I will be using MIRs as a way to turn my Register Rewards and Extra Bucks into cash – legally!  I am not sure if these funds will be added back into my shopping budget, put towards a bill, or put into savings.  I still have a few weeks to decide before they get here.

If you have not tried a MIR deal yet, why not start out with the Olay deal?  Its a pretty easy deal to do, you will end up with 2 great cleansers for only $5.66 + tax, and when your $15 check comes back in, its almost a $9 money maker!

To check out other great MIR deals going on across the country, check out A Full Cup’s Mail-In Offers forum. There are great deals here, from groceries to toiletries to hardware items!

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  • 1. Janelle Domeyer  |  December 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I decided to go ahead with the mail in rebate on Glade and Nabisco and received both pretty quickly, more like four weeks instead of 6-8. I like your spreadsheet idea. I’ll probably start one because I submitted one for Dulcolax and will do this Olay deal too. I decided that I will just use them to roll into my Walgreens shopping.

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  • 2. sammyssecrets  |  December 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Dont forget – if you know someone who wont be submitting the rebate, you can ask if you can submit on on their behalf. My parents let me do this all the time 🙂 And I do it for my dad on the hardware things that I really dont go for. That way you can get 2 rebates!

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  • 3. Janice Crain  |  December 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I have done mail in rebates for years. I have found that it is best to make a photo copy of everything you send in for your records. There are times when you will be denied a rebate because they say you did not send something that was required. If you have a copy of everything you sent you can send them what they seem to not have.

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How to get started with CVS ________________________________ How to get started with Walgreens ________________________________ How I use my printer to print money ________________________________ How to get coupons and keep them organized ________________________________ Stockpiling Basics

Coupon Terms

BOGO = Buy one, get one (usually buy one get one free).

EB = Extra Bucks. Use these like cash at CVS.

IP = Internet Printable coupon.

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are at Walgreens

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble. One of the Sunday
coupon inserts.

RP = Red Plum. One of the Sunday coupon inserts.

RR = Register Rewards. Use these like cash at Walgreens.

SS = Smart Source. One of the Sunday coupon inserts

WYB = when you buy

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