With all of the back to school deals starting, I thought it would be a great time to talk about REBATES!
Rebates are a great way to save money, but they can be very costly mistakes if they are done incorrectly! Here are a few tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse.
Last year, I purchased an overpriced backpack for my son at Staples. I paid $50 and the rebate was for $25. I sent the rebate but NEVER received my check! There was no record of it and I was stuck with it since he had already started using the bag. Luckily, it held up well and he can use it again this year!
- Be sure to purchase the exact item advertised.
- Get the rebate and the copy of the receipt before leaving the store.
- FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. Circle, Highlight or Underline exactly what you need to do. Some rebates require each rebate to be mailed separately or require the original receipt. Watch for deadlines, too!
- If possible file the rebate online. Staples offers “Easy Rebates“: It’s so easy you can hit the “Easy Button”! Be sure to scroll down on any online form and make sure it is submitted. Print the confirmation, too!
- When mailing a rebate consider using, USPS Return Receipt. This will serve as confirmation the rebate was received! It may not be worth it for every rebate, but for higher values it may be a little extra insurance!