Finding and Using Rebates

Everyone loves to get a deal on purchases they make. Rebates, whether instant or mail in, are a great way to save money on things you buy. This is a guide about finding and using rebates.

November 24, 2006 Flag
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Why do companies offer large rebates on both high and low ticket items? As many as 40% of all rebates are never redeemed by the consumer. The redemption rate is even less during the holiday season. Redeem rebates quickly after buying a product to help insure that you won't forget to mail the rebate or won't be able to since you've lost the receipt. If you are buying gifts make sure that you can get the rebate and still give the gift to the recipient without destroying the box.

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Here's a printable rebate checklist that can be helpful in tracking your rebates. It's in PDF format.

Keeping Track of Rebates

Download: Rebate Checklist (PDF)

March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Keep a list of all rebates you mail with date, whom sent, address, product and manufacturer's 800#, and amount due. Check it off when received, however, if not received, contact the manufacturer on their 800# or send a post card inquiry.

Manufacturers always want to know if things are not going right with valued customers!

By Syd

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March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Good advice from all the posters about rebates. I am firmly convinced that the companies offering rebates count on the fact that many folks will "intend" to do it, but put it off and lose the instructions, receipts, etc. and then finally think it's just too much trouble to follow thru on. Thus, the rule about filling out the rebate upon arriving home with the merchandise is a winner. Also, that way, if you find you don't have everything you need, or the wrong rebate slip --(yes, this happens!), you can go back and get what you need from the store where you purchased the item.

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January 6, 20060 found this helpful

I make photocopies of all forms, upc, receipts I mail out. Then write the mail date on the front and file away. Each week I check the status and when they come in I pull them out of the file. A little extra work, but I can resubmit them if they get lost.

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January 9, 20060 found this helpful

No kidding about keeping track of rebates. I have found that the companies wait until they have several thousand pieces of mail, because they get a cheaper postage rate. So you could conceivably have a delivery anywhere from a few days to 2+ months depending on the fullness of their outgoing mail bin.

When Kitchenaid didn't send me their rebate, I called and they re-did it. The darn thing took something like almost 4+ months to reach me after the expiration date on the rebate form for a total of some 6 months later. That's why it pays to keep track.

I suspect some rebates are being marked as sent and then ending up in someone else's pocket based on previous experience, because I have been carefully tracking my rebates for years.


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June 9, 20070 found this helpful

May 12, 2011 Flag
Kelly Ann Butterbaugh1 found this helpful

When purchasing a large appliance, there is often a store or manufacturer's rebate attached. It's a pleasant surprise that justifies purchasing a more expensive model in some instances. What many don't realize, however, is that there are more rebates waiting to be taken. They're not as readily advertised, but anyone can find them.

Start with Your Power Company

Not all power companies are as generous as others, but many offer rebates that encourage consumers to upgrade appliances to more energy efficient models. Check your power company's website often; usually the rebates change every six months. The most recent rebate offered by a large power conglomerate in eastern Pennsylvania offered set dollar amounts for each appliance that was upgraded to an Energy Star appliance over the last two years.

While the rebate was only active from January through June of this year, the appliances could be purchased 48 months prior to the rebate. Each appliance had a different rebate amount, but the going rate was $50 for a refrigerator, $30 for a clothes dryer, and $10 for a window air conditioner. All the consumer needed to supply was a completed rebate form and copies of original receipts.

Look at Rebate Monitoring Sites

There are groups that monitor the rebates, encouraging companies to offer the extra money to consumers who make strong environmental choices. Websites like Energy Star ( and Sire USA ( tally all of the rebates currently offered which allow for the consumer to do some quick research.

The beauty of the rebates is that they can be combined with other rebates to maximize the money earned. For instance, if you purchase a Maytag washer and the company offers a rebate or the appliance store offers a rebate on the delivery fee, that will not affect the rebate you receive from your power company or another energy monitoring company. It may ask if you've already received a rebate on this item, but that doesn't affect your eligibility for the additional money.

Rebate Addiction

Once you find these little nuggets of paperwork gold, you'll feel a compulsion to find more and more rebates. It's one addiction that's welcomed by many. Look beyond appliances and see what other rebates are out there. Often large companies offer money to new customers who have never purchased a car or a service from them before. Similarly, rebates are offered to those who switch from one company's services to another. These aren't overly advertised rebates, but they are there for the finding.

The best rule of thumb is to do some web research every time you make a major purchase. Look at the website of the manufacturer, the provider (if there is one), and the store. Then, do a quick search every six months for new rebates by using some of the rebate compilation websites. You'll find yourself with enough extra money for a night out and a sense of satisfaction that you found yourself a bargain.

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November 2, 2005 Flag

My husband regularly takes several prescription drugs. I have seen where sometimes you can get a rebate coupon for up to $30 on prescriptions - does anyone know if there is a website that you can check drugs you are taking to see if they qualify for such rebates? All of his co-pays just doubled so I am looking for ways to save some money. He already requests samples but they are not available for several of his medications. Thanks.

Starlight from North Platte, NE

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November 2, 20050 found this helpful

go to Look up each of your husband's medications. You most often can request free medications from the pharmacuetical companies Patient Assistance programs.

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November 2, 20050 found this helpful

I do a google search for the drug by name. Name brand drugs often have a website, and if there is a rebate, that's where you'll find that information. I've done it with three drugs (all name brand), and I've found rebates on all of them. I doubt that you'll find any coupons on generic drugs, but that's worth a try, too, at the manufacturer's website.


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November 2, 20050 found this helpful

There are sites that list rebates/credits when you transer a med RX. I think the easiest way is to call the phar and ask them what type of incentive/coupon they have for transfering a rx.

also, check the local coupon ads - there was one this Sunday for $20 if I transferred an rx to that store.

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November 18, 20050 found this helpful

that's a great link ! thanks ! i passed it on to everyone i know & said pass it on !! -- here's some from alexa related links - to go with it ! orgot about Alexa related links - so here's a bunch more ! ... d_links?q=&


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September 19, 2011 Flag
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I just purchased a new chest freezer. Are they still offering rebates for energy saving appliances? How can I find out? Thanks.

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September 24, 20110 found this helpful

Go to the appliance maker's website. You should find information there as to whether or not they are offering rebates, and/or the place you purchased the appliance(s) from should also have information.

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October 30, 2004 Flag
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Take advantage of rebates at Rite Aid, Walgreens, Office Max, Auto Zone, CVS and the grocery store.

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