Showing posts with label Rebates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rebates. Show all posts

Monday, February 11, 2013

Frugal Living Tip #42 - Credit Card Rebates

Credit Card Rebates

If you are a Dave Ramsey fan you probably think that I am crazy suggesting a credit card. I am not encouraging you to go out and open up new credit card accounts. I also want you to understand that in order to receive the rebates that I am going to be talking about you need to pay your bill in full each month.

We have two credit cards that we routinely use - an American Express from Costco and a Visa from Old Navy. We primarily use the American Express because we get a rebate check once a year that pays us back a percentage of what we purchased with the card, both at Costco and outside of Costco. We have the Old Navy Visa to use with merchants that don't accept American Express. I get vouchers to use at Old Navy based on the dollar amount charged to the card.

We were recently invited to a dinner for a local charity. I realized when we were getting ready that I was all out of checks, and thought we would have to make a pledge and mail the check later. When we got there we realized that they accepted donations with credit cards. We made a donation with the Old Navy card to help out a local charity, and received a store credit to use for Christmas presents.

Do you use a credit card that you pay in full every month in order to receive a rebate?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Frugal Living Tip #20 - Rebate Checks

Rebate Checks

My Prepaid Rebate Card

I mentioned prepaid rebate gift cards very briefly in my last post. It was coincidental that as I was getting ready to begin this post, I received a $15 prepaid gift card as a rebate from Proctor & Gamble in the mail.

Rebates are not anything new, but they are another way to increase your savings. They require a little bit of work and you have to make sure that you follow all of the instructions and guidelines on the rebate form and the fine print at the bottom of the form.

This is another case where organization helps. I try to paper clip the receipts to the paperwork in the event I don't have all of the requirements needed or time to fill it out immediately. I also try to clip any UPC's that are required before I put the items away from my shopping trip. I used to make copies of all of my receipts and forms. I generally only do this on higher value rebates like $10 or higher.

Rebates are becoming easier to submit via the Internet. Staples is a great example of easily submitting rebates on-line using codes that print out on your receipt. I was able to do this recently also with a Starbucks coffee purchase. I just had to submit pictures, that we took with a cell phone, of the receipt. It can still take 4-6 weeks for these electronic ones to be processed and to receive your check, but not having to pay postage is another savings!

Do you submit rebates on a regular basis? Do you have any tips for keeping everything together?

 

Monday, November 28, 2011

MARTIN’S Top Deals for the Week of November 27

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Click here to view an on-line version of this week’s ad. Click here for information about MARTIN’S coupon policy. The ad and the coupon policy are for the Richmond, VA area. There is the possibility of some variances in other areas.

Check out Money Saving Mom for my MARTIN’S top deals in addition to top deals for other grocery stores, drug stores, and discount stores from other deal seekers.

If an item is part of the weekly fuelperks! deals I list the final price as if you buy the necessary quantity of just that item in order to receive the deal (if you have to buy 7 I list the final price after sale, coupons, and fuel discount as if you bought 7 of that one item). That is not what you have to do in order to receive the fuelperks! rewards. You can mix & match any of the items listed in the same category. This may make you out of pocket higher if you add in items of various cost, but in the long run you are hopefully buying items that your family can use and redeeming your fuelperks! towards saving money at the gas station.

Here are what I consider to be the top deals this week at MARTIN’S. I verify the coupons that I mention with what I receive in my local paper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (RTD). Coupons are regional so you may not have the exact same coupon or the same face value. Remember what I consider to be a good deal and what you consider to be a good deal may differ. Please feel free to leave me a comment with any deals that you find.

Meat:

  • Fresh Boneless Chuck Roast – $2.99/lb
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Single Pack) (Regularly $5.69/lb) – Buy One Get One Free (I still think this is a high price, but if you are brand loyal to Perdue it is a good deal.)
  • GIANT Brand Sliced Bacon (12-16oz)– $3.33
  • GIANT Brand Fresh Eye Round Steak or Roast – $3.99/lb
  • Smithfield Ham Steak (8oz) – $2
    • Use $1/1 from the November 2011 issue of All You Magazine
    • $1 after sale and coupon
  • Johnsonville Italian Sausage – $3.99
    • Use $0.50/1 from 9/18 or 10/16 SmartSource insert
    • $2.99 after sale and coupon
  • Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links (12oz) – $2.50
  • Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs (3lb) – $8.49
    • Use $1/1 from the 11/13 RedPlum insert
    • $7.49 after sale and coupon
  • Fast Fixin’ Chicken Strips (26-36oz) – $4.99
    • Use $1/1 from the October 2011 issue of All You Magazine
    • $3.99 after sale and coupon

Produce:

  • Gala Apples – $0.99/lb
  • Grape Tomatoes – $2
  • California Navel Oranges – $1
  • Hot House Cucumbers – $2
  • Eastern Apples (3lb) – $2.99

Dairy/Refrigerated:

  • GIANT Brand Natural Sliced Cheese – $2
    • Use $1/1 from A Celebration of Savings
    • $1 after sale and coupon
  • GIANT Brand Butter Quarters (1lb) –$2.50

Grocery:

  • GIANT Brand White, Sandwich, or Roundtop Bread – $1
  • Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce – $1
    • Use $0.35/1 Rinaldi ToBe Healthy Pasta Sauce from 11/6 RedPlum insert
    • $0.30 after sale and coupon
  • GIANT Brand Baking Pasta – $1
  • Select GIANT Brand Cereal – Buy 5 and get $5 off instantly prices starting at $1.99 each
    • $0.99 each after sale and instant saving
  • GIANT Brand Canned Tomatoes (28-29oz) –$0.80
  • Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes Pouch (3.33oz) – $0.79
  • Hungry Jack Instant Potatoes (15.3oz) – $1.50
    • Buy 2 and use $1/2 from 11/6 RedPlum insert
    • $1 each after sale and coupon
  • Select GIANT Brand Canned Vegetables (11-15.25oz)– $0.67
  • Krunchers Chips (regularly $3.79) – 50% off
    • Use $0.75/1 from 9/11 SmartSource insert
    • $0.90 after sale and coupon
  • Grande Tortilla – 50% off
    • Use $1/1 from 9/11 SmartSource insert
    • unsure of final price
  • Emerald Mixed Nuts or Cashews (10oz) – $3.99
    • Buy 2 and use $1.50/2 from 11/13 RedPlum insert
    • $3.24 each after sale and coupon
  • Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers – $2
    • Buy 2 and earn $1 in your SavingStar Account
    • $1.50 each after sale and SavingStar Savings
  • Caribou Coffee (12oz) – $7.99
    • Use $1/1 from 11/20 SmartSource insert
    • $6.99 after sale and coupon
  • Apple & Eve Fruitables – $2.50
    • Use $1/1 from 9/18 SmartSource insert
    • $1.50 after sale and coupon
  • Chock Full o’Nuts Coffee – $3
    • Use $0.75/1 from 10/30 SmartSource insert
    • $2 after sale and coupon
  • Snapple Iced Tea (12 Pack) (Regularly $13.99)– 50% off
    • Look for $1/1 Peelies
    • $6 after sale and coupon
  • Planters Nut Bars –$2.50
    • Use $0.75/1 from 9/18 SmartSource (expires 11/30)
    • $1.50 after sale and coupon
      • Buy 4 and save $0.20/gallon
      • $0.69 after sale, coupons, and $4 fuel discount

Frozen Foods:

  • Healthy Choice Naturals, Selects, or Lunch Steamers – $1.67
  • Green Giant Boxed Vegetables or Health Blends (7-10oz) – $1.67
    • Buy 3 and use $0.60/3 from 11/13 General Mills insert
    • $1.33 each after sale and coupon
  • Select GIANT Brand Frozen Vegetables (12-20oz) – $1.50
    • Use $1/1 from A Celebration of Savings
    • $0.50 after sale and coupon

Household:

  • Luden’s Cough Drops (25-30) – $1
  • Carmex – $1
    • Use $0.30/1 from the 10/30 RedPlum insert
    • $0.40 each after sale and coupon
  • Finesse Shampoo or Conditioner (13oz) – $2
    • Use $1/1 from the September 2011 issue of All You Magazine
    • Save your receipt to submit it for this $2 mail-in rebate
    • Money Maker after sale, coupon, and mail-in rebate
  • GIANT Brand Designer Plates, Bowls, or Hot Cups – $2
    • Use $1/1 Our Brand Plates from A Celebration of Savings
    • $1 after sale and coupon

fuelperks! Deals:

Buy 4 in one transaction and earn $0.20/gallon:

  • Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo or Conditioner (10.17-12oz) – $2.79
    • Use $1/1 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or buy 2 and use $1/2 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • As low as $1.79 each after sale and coupon
      • $0.79 after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner (13.5oz) – $2.89
    • Use $1/1 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or Buy 2 and use $1/2 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • As low as $1.89 after sale and coupon
      • $0.89 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner (12.6oz) – $3.50
    • Use $1/1 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or $3/2 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • As low as $2.50 after sale and coupon
      • $1 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Pantene Styling Products (5.7-11.5oz) – $3.50
    • Use $1/2 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or $3/2 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • As low as $2.50 after sale and coupon
      • $1 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Select Reach Toothbrushes – $2.50
    • Use $0.50/1 or Buy 2 and use $1.50/2 from 1/9, 4/17, and 7/31 SmartSource inserts or Use $1/1 Reach Kids Toothbrush from 7/31 SmartSource insert, $1/1 July 2011 All You Magazine
    • As low as $1.50 after sale and coupon
      • $0.50 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Select Reach Dental Floss – $2.50
    • Use $0.50/1 or Buy 2 and use $1.50/2 from 1/9, 4/17, and 7/31 SmartSource inserts
    • As low as $1.50 after sale and coupon
      • $0.50 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Old Spice Body Wash (16-18oz) – $3
    • Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free and $1/2 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or $1/2 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • As low as $1 each after sale and coupon
      • Free after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Gillette Body Wash (16-18oz) –$3
    • Use $1/1 from 10/30 (expires 11/30) or $1/1 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert
    • $2 after sale and coupon
      • $1 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Crest Toothpaste (6.4oz) – $1.88
    • Use $0.75/1 from 11/27 P&G brandSaver insert (only one coupon will “double” to $1)
    • $0.88 after sale and coupon
      • $0.07 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings
  • Febreze Air Effects (9.7oz) – $2.50
    • Buy 3 and use $3/3 or use $1/1 from 10/30 P&G brandSaver insert
    • $1.50 after sale and coupon
      • $0.50 each after sale, coupon, and $4 fuel savings

Don’t forget to leave me a comment with any great deals that you find.

Happy Shopping!

~Ann

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MARTIN’S Top Deals for the Week of October 9th

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Click here to view an on-line version of this week’s ad. Click here for information about MARTIN’S coupon policy. The ad and the coupon policy are for the Richmond, VA area. There is the possibility of some variances in other areas.

Check out Money Saving Mom for my MARTIN’S top deals in addition to top deals for other grocery stores, drug stores, and discount stores from other deal seekers.

If an item is part of the weekly fuelperks! deals I list the final price as if you buy the necessary quantity of just that item in order to receive the deal (if you have to buy 7 I list the final price after sale, coupons, and fuel discount as if you bought 7 of that one item). That is not what you have to do in order to receive the fuelperks! rewards. You can mix & match any of the items listed in the same category. This may make you out of pocket higher if you add in items of various cost, but in the long run you are hopefully buying items that your family can use and redeeming your fuelperks! towards saving money at the gas station.

Here are what I consider to be the top deals this week at MARTIN’S. I verify the coupons that I mention with what I receive in my local paper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (RTD). Coupons are regional so you may not have the exact same coupon or the same face value. Remember what I consider to be a good deal and what you consider to be a good deal may differ. Please feel free to leave me a comment with any deals that you find.

Monday, August 22, 2011

How I Spent my $10 for the RVA Coupon Pros School Supply Challenge

I mentioned about a month ago in this post about meeting up with some other frugal bloggers in the Richmond area for lunch.  We were given a challenge to see how many school supplies we could buy for $10 (pre tax) and not a penny more.  Kroger graciously decided to match what we were able to buy up to $1000 and decided to up the ante and offered us three prizes (a $200, a $100, and a $50 Kroger gift card for first, second, and third place).

I am not going to deny that it wouldn’t be nice to win one of the gift cards and have bragging rights, but the true winners in all of this are the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond.  They are the ones who will receive all of the school supplies we collected.  This was a fun challenge that allowed me to have the thrill of the bargain hunt and help out others at the same time. 

So – how did I do?  I ended up $214.80 worth of school supplies that after sales, coupons, and rebates I purchased for $10 (pre-tax) – and of course being a blogger I took a picture to share.  :)

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Here is the breakdown:

  • 2 packs of crayons
  • 6 bottles of glue
  • 7 rulers
  • 3 compasses
  • 3 packs of highlighters
  • 1 pack of permanent markers
  • 24 packs of pens
  • 4 packs of pencils
  • 1 pack of mechanical pencils
  • 17 folders
  • 4 packs of cap erasers
  • 2 packs of index cards
  • 8 packs of notebook paper
  • 3 composition books
  • 13 spiral one subject notebooks
  • 7 three-ring binders
  • 4 reams of paper
  • 1 backpack

I can’t wait until Thursday when I get to drop off what I bought and see what everyone else was able to get.  (I have seen a few pictures that people have posted on the RVA Coupon Pros facebook page.)  I will try to remember my camera to take a few pictures and show you how much we were able to collect.  If any of you participated and are going to be at the drop off on Thursday be on the look out for me – I would love to talk to you face to face.

~Ann

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coupon Organization–Everyone has a method what is yours?

 

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I had a comment from Jennifer asking for help with organizing her coupons.  Here is her question if any of you want to chime in:

I have been using the insert method of organizing my coupons but I am finding it more and more difficult to use that method when out shopping. Do you have any special tips for someone starting off with the binder method? I have seen people write what date and what insert the coupon came from. Is there any benefit to do this and if so, what is it? Just seems like a lot of work to me.

To answer Jennifer’s question – I don’t know why people would write the date and source of a coupon the printed unless they were using their own coupons to write a blog and needed the source or so that they could match-up their coupons with those posted in a blog or coupon forum.  I agree with you – it sounds like more work. 

I have tried several different methods of coupon organization over the years and I really think that the key is having and finding the system or pieces of each system that works best for you.  I have highlighted what I feel are the pros and cons for the three most common systems. 

Insert Method:

Pros:

  • You can always check your inserts to see if you got the coupon that you read about on a blog or coupon forum.
  • You don’t have to clip, sort, and file coupons every week for products that you may or may not use.
  • You only clip the coupons you are going to use and some that you will probably use (for me that is something like diapers).

Cons:

  • It is not very convenient to take into a store.
  • You may miss a deal because you don’t have other coupons with you when you shop.
  • It can be time consuming to check for expiration dates.
  • You still need a way to organize printable coupons.
  • You still need a system to keep the coupons you are going to use together.

Binder Method:

Pros:

  • You always have all of your coupons with you so that you can get great unadvertised specials.
  • You can organize your coupons within your binder to correspond with the lay out of your favorite store or by categories like meat, dairy, frozen foods, etc.
  • You can easily flip through and check expiration dates.

Cons:

  • You have to clip, sort, and file lots of coupons.
  • You may have to fold your coupons to fit in the holders (most people like baseball card sheets).
  • Although it looks pretty – the organization can be overwhelming and time consuming.  Depending on how organized you want it you could be working on it daily.
  • The binder can get heavy and awkward to carry around.

Coupon Wallets:

Pros:

  • These are great if you want to clip and file only a few coupons (it works great with the insert method).
  • It is easy to carry around with you or leave in your purse (or man-bag).
  • You can sort your shopping lists by store and divide them in the different sections.
  • Can be great if you want a system that you can keep things like CVS Extra Bucks, Catalinas, or Walgreens Register Rewards in one place.
  • Can be a great method for keeping all of your internet printables and coupons you find in the store from blinkies, tearpads, or winetags together.

Cons:

  • Not large enough if you want to keep all of your coupons together.
  • You have to sit down and sort and purge expired coupons on a somewhat regular basis.
  • You can’t organize into subcategories like you can with the binder method.

 

I was a hard core binder person. I loved my binder, it went everywhere with me. Then I had a few weeks in a row where I didn’t have time to sit down and organize my binder. It became too overwhelming for me to clip, sort, and organize all of my coupons. I also like to have things organized and then sub-organized and then sub-sub-organized. I wasn’t happy with having a mustard coupon in just the non-perishable grocery section, it had to be in the condiment section on a separate page for just mustard. I know I am a little OCD.

I transitioned myself to the insert system and although there are deals I may miss because I haven’t clipped every coupon, it is easier for me to manage right now. I also can contain it so that I don’t have to worry about any of my little ones getting into my coupons and pulling them out.

Here are some pictures of how I organize my coupons:

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I start off with a file folder and write the date of the insert on the tab.  You can see from all of the scribbles to the left of the visible date that I recycle and reuse the folders.

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I keep all of my file folders together in a tote bag (I actually got this bag for free a few years ago from L.L. Bean.  I had redeemed my Pampers Gifts to Grow Points for a gift card to L.L. Bean and this is what I found at the outlet in Williamsburg.)  I like the tote bag versus a filing cabinet because it does make it portable.  I have taken this bag with me on lots of trips.  It is a little heavy, and I don’t usually carry it with me into a store. 

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I file all of my folders in chronological order.  I generally go through my inserts about once a month and pull the inserts that are older than three months.  I still flip through all of those before I let them go to see if there is anything that hasn’t expired that I want to clip and hold onto.

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I have a small plastic box that I put things like coupons for restaurants, coupons I receive in the mail, coupons that I cut out of product boxes, coupons for stores, and rebate forms.  These generally end up in the coupon wallet, but this is the holding area.

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I keep my internet printable coupons in a separate folder.  That folder is in the front of my tote bag.

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My coupon wallets.  I am not using the red one at the top right now.  I was using that more when I was really hitting multiple stores in one trip.  I would write out my list clip and sort the coupons that went with the list and then separate them by store in each of the accordion files inside. 

I am only using the clear envelope right now.  I like it that it is longer and most of my coupons fit in there without having to fold them.  It is just the right size for me to take the coupons I want to use into a store with me (especially if I have all three kids with me) and I can keep things like my catalinas, CVS Extra Bucks, and other things together.  I usually have any blinkies or tearpads in there because I have this with me when I find them in a store.  I will sometimes keep receipts in here as well, especially if I need to obtain a certain dollar amount for something like a rebate.

I hope I have helped Jennifer out and given any of you struggling with the same issue some ideas of how to organize all of your coupons.  I really feel that the more unorganized your coupons are the harder it is to find the great deals.  I would love to hear back from all of you about how you keep your coupons straight.  Remember what you think is obvious to you may be a new concept to someone else.

Happy Couponing!

~Ann

Edit 8/22/11 - I met Anjie (The Frugal Freelancer) about a month ago at a luncheon for frugal bloggers.  She has been couponing since I was in elementary school (maybe longer).  She has just created a new system for filing coupons.  Remember the key to having your coupons organized is finding the system that works for you.  Thanks for the tip Anjie!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Did you get your $10 prepaid MasterCard rebate?

MARTIN’S had a promotion about 3 weeks ago in their ad stating that if you bought $30 worth of select Proctor & Gamble products you would be able to submit a rebate for a $10 prepaid MasterCard.  I went to the store late the Saturday night the promotion was ending and got my $30 worth of products.  I had Megan with me (my 2&1/2 year old).  She was getting tired, and I was trying to get in and out of the store quickly.  I realized when I got home that I didn’t get a rebate form at the bottom of my receipt or stop at the service center to pick up one.  I didn’t get back to the store until later the next week and asked around and no one at the service center or even one of the store managers had a clue about how to get the rebate.  I had purchased a big box of pampers, four Tide stain release, and a box of tissues.  I knew I had purchased the eligible items and if I couldn’t get the $10 rebate I was going to return them to the store.  I only got them because the $10 prepaid MasterCard lowered the price enough to make it a decent deal.  I got a comment from an anonymous poster saying that she (or he?) was also having trouble getting the rebate form.  I went to the MARTIN’S site earlier this week and sent them a note through the contact us link explaining that I had purchased the items but did not receive a rebate form.  I simply asked them to send me a copy of the submission form.  They called while we were out Saturday morning and left me a message informing me that the promotion was over and they couldn’t send me a form, but would be sending me a $10 MARTIN’S gift card.  (When I submitted the question there is a place for your phone number and address.)  I was very pleased that they not only got back with me, but that they were quick to remedy the problem.

Don’t forget that you can always contact MARTIN’S directly from their website.  I have sent them e-mails through their site regarding accepting internet printable coupons that are for free items and giving discounts to non-profit organizations.  They have always gotten back to me within a few days, once through e-mail and twice by actually calling me. 

Have you contacted MARTIN’S for an issue and had a positive experience you want to share?  Feel free to comment!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Rebate Checks!!!!

I recently received three more rebate checks in the mail.  I wanted to give you an update on the ones I had received and how easy they have been to submit and even easier to cash!

I received a $10 rebate check from Coors.  My friend Judi had given me a rebate form that she found at Kroger for a $10 rebate for purchasing $100 or more in gift cards.  I had several receipts that were easy to find and submit from where I had purchased gift cards as Christmas presents.  I had already purchased the gift cards so getting a rebate was a little present for me.  Thanks Judi!!!!!

I received a $15 check from Olay for purchasing 3 body washes.  I actually came out ahead with this deal.  When I made the purchase there was a Register Rewards (RR) promo at Walgreens. I bought a Gillete Embrace Razor (which generated a $4 RR) for $8.99.  I had a coupon for $2 off the razor and another coupon for a free Olay body wash when you buy a Gillette Embrace Razor.  I ended up with 3 razors and 3 body washes for $20.97, I earned $12 in RR, and I got a $15 rebate check from Olay.  The way I see it I actually earned $6.03!

I also got a rebate check from Schick for purchasing a Schick Quattro Razor for Steve.  The rebate was good for the full purchase price up to $11.99.  I found the razor at Walgreens for $9.99 and it was generating a $4 RR.  I submitted my receipt showing the purchase price of $9.99.  I received a check for $9.99 in addition to the $4 RR I got when I purchased the razor.  I earned $13.99 just for buying Steve a razor!

I have really changed my attitude about rebates being too difficult and time consuming.  I have 3 checks totaling $34.99 to take to the bank.  I don’t think that is too bad for buying a few toiletry items and filling out a few forms.

How about you - have you been successful with submitting rebates?  Do you find them easy to submit and even more exciting when you get a check in the mail?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More rebate checks!!!!

I had a post a few weeks ago about several rebate checks I had received in the mail.  I had even more come in the mail since then and wanted to let you know how I have changed my opinion about the hassle of rebates not really being worth what you get back.

The best rebate I got back was our annual rebate from American Express for almost $600!  I know that there are lots of people out there who argue that credit cards are bad and that they allow you to overspend.  I see where they are coming from, but I truly believe we are in the minority who can really stick to a budget and handle paying for everything with our credit card.  We even go so far, because of the rebate, to pay for our monthly utility bills with our American Express.  There are some payees who don’t accept American Express so for them we just go through our regular bill pay software.  We have our American Express tied to our Costco membership and what really got us interested was two years ago when gas prices were at $4+ a gallon.  We get 2% back just by using the card for gas – something we are going to buy anyway.  The rebate works for items you purchase anywhere – not just Costco.  The nice thing about using the credit card (outside of my annual rebate for paying the balance in full every month) is that it gives us an itemized statement and we have buyer protection from using the card.  I see this as a double check on our spending and budgeting – we can look at our monthly statement from the bank and the American Express monthly statement and see where we spent our money during the month.  (The “catch” to this check is that it is only redeemable at Costco, but you can get cash back for the difference if you don’t spend the entire check in one transaction.)

I got the last of my SC Johnson $5 rebate checks for purchasing Glade candles in the fall.  The rebate is still active and there are lots of items that are eligible like Ziploc bags and candles, air fresheners, and cleaning products. 

I got a $5 rebate from Coors – no I didn’t get it for buying beer (we don’t drink alcoholic beverages).  My friend Judi found a tear pad for a rebate offer from Coors for buying gift cards – that was it.  I just had to submit a receipt showing I had bought a $25 gift card to anywhere or for anything like iTunes gift cards to be eligible for the rebate.  I am still waiting for the $10 rebate for buying $100 worth of gift cards.  These were all gift cards that I used for Christmas presents.  I told Judi thanks for the rebate forms – it was like she gave me $15!

I got a $10 rebate check from Philips for purchasing a Sonicare toothbrush for Steve for Christmas.  I found the toothbrush on sale at Walgreens and was able to combine a friends and family promotion to get it for $42.49.  I then was able to use this with a $10 manufacturer coupon from a Sunday paper insert combined with a Walgreens coupon for $10 off.  In the end I purchased the toothbrush which can run around $100 for $12.49  Not a bad deal and Steve has liked the toothbrush. 

I still have some additional rebate checks that I am waiting for and I will keep you posted as they come in.  I love getting paid to shop!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Rebate Checks

I had several rebate checks arrive in the mail last week.  I will be the first to agree that rebates are frustrating, you have to read the fine print, make sure you get the necessary info together, make copies of everything, find an envelope, a stamp, and remember to drop it in the mail before it expires.  I sometimes run into the frustration of having items for different rebates on the same receipt.  Some rebates are easier to submit than others – you just have to send your receipt and write down your UPC code on a form.  I have had some rebates that want the actual UPC code from the box, the receipt, and the form.  When it is all said and done, it really isn’t that much work, it is just finding the time to get organized and make sure you have all of your materials together.  So, how did I do?
  • I received a $20 check from Kraft foods.  To qualify I had to purchase 10 packages of Nabisco cookies or crackers, 5 Capri-Sun boxes (or Kool-Aid Jammers), and 5 cups of Kraft Easy Mac.  I looked over my receipts that I submitted and I figured I spent about $26 for the 20 items that I purchased.  So – I ended up getting all of that for only $6 after I got my rebate.  (I think there is a similar rebate offer through June 2010 – but I can’t locate it right now.  When I find it I will pass it on.)
  • I got two $5 rebates from SC Johnson.  I submitted a total of three so I don’t know if the third one is lost somewhere.  This rebate is available for a while so if I don’t get my third check in a few weeks I have more items I can submit for the rebate.  I talked about buying several Glade candles with a Target deal this past fall in this post.  I only had to submit 3 UPC codes and a receipt from all of the candles that I purchased. (I had purchased them in separate transactions so I would have receipts for each rebate request.) I bought ten candles and candle holders for $5 and I actually got two $5 gift cards (for buying 5 in each transaction).  I already had made $5 on the transaction so the additional $10 in rebates means I got $15 for buying candles! 
  • I also got a $15 check from Olay.  I purchased two Olay Regenerist Cleansers at Walgreens for $4.29 each (after coupons).  I submitted the rebate and and got a check for $15.  I ended up making $6.42 for buying cleanser!
I am working on submitting two rebates right now –
  • Receive a check (up to $11.99) for a Schick Quattro Titanium Razor or Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer – you will get reimbursed your purchase price.  The form for the rebate is in the 2/7 Smart Source insert.  The rebate must be postmarked by March 7, 2010 for purchases from February 7 – March 7, 2010.
  • The other rebate is another $15 rebate from Olay.  This rebate must be submitted by March 12, 2010 for purchases from February 12 – March 12, 2010.  I was able to make this a really good deal by combining sales and coupons.  Walgreens has a $4 Register Reward (RR) when you purchase a Venus Embrace Razor for the month of February.  The razor is $8.99.  You can combine a $2 off coupon form the 2/7 Proctor & Gamble insert.  There is also a coupon in the 2/7 P&G insert for a free Olay body wash when you buy a Venus Embrace System.  The bottom line is I paid out of pocket ~$7 for a razor (with 2 cartridges) and a 10oz bottle of Olay body wash.  I left with a $4 RR (to use on another transaction) and a receipt showing the purchase price of the body wash that I can submit.  I repeated this transaction two more times.  I ended up spending ~$21, earned $12RR, and can submit for a $15 rebate.  That makes it ~ a $6 profit for purchasing razors and body wash. 
Do you like rebates?  Do you have success with rebates?  Do you have tips of current rebates you want to share?