In order to take advantage of a rebate offer, you first have to locate the rebate. They can save you money, but you have to know where to go.
Step 1: Check newspapers Look for rebate offers in newspapers. The classified sections of newspapers frequently include offers for cash rebates.
Step 2: Check flyers and booklets Check for flyers and booklets inside newspapers, in the mail, and in retail stores for rebate offers. Don't just throw away your junk mail -- it may include more than just junk.
Step 3: Check magazines Look for offers in magazines. Manufacturers often place ads in magazines that include rebate offers.
Step 4: Look for rebate coupons in the mail Look for rebate coupons in the mail from Valpak. These coupons can also be found online at Valpak.com.
TIP: Be on the alert for scams. Some product manufacturers have ignored or refused to honor rebates.
Step 5: Check out Refundsweepers.com Check websites like RefundSweepers.com. The website links to rebate coupons for grocery items, baby products, health products, household items, pet products, restaurants, toys, and amusement parks.
Step 6: Decide what to do with your rebates Decide what to do with all of your cash once you've collected your rebates.
FACT: A September 2009 survey by Consumer Reports found that in the previous 12 months, 70 percent of the consumers surveyed had taken advantage of manufacturer rebates on products.