Extreme Couponing Tip: Know Time Schedules of Rebates

Reading and understanding fine print is crucial to sending in and receiving rebates. Here are the times and dates to keep an eye out for:

Purchase period: This is the given timeline when you have to buy the product(s) listed. Make sure your receipts, if applicable, show a date within this time frame. Some rebates will ask that the date be circled or highlighted.

Postmark date: To be valid, the time stamp on the envelope has to be on or before the date as listed on the rebate form. Make sure to send off your submission at least a few business days in advance to ensure the rebate is in on time. If you are sending out a valuable rebate, it may be worth it to pay a little extra to send it certified mail. This way, you’ll get a receipt with proof of the postmark date in case there are problems with your rebate and you need documentation to back up your claim.

Receive by: Rebates, under law, must be given to the customer in the time they list on the official form. This is usually 6-8 weeks from the rebate end date. Jot down when you sent off the rebate and the last day of the given time frame, and if you haven’t received your rebate by then, contact the company.

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8 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Know Time Schedules of Rebates”

  1. This was very helpful

  2. a x says:

    I used to receive coupons in the mail, but for the past few months, not as much. Some weeks I won’t receive them at all, and others, it seems like I don’t get all of them (just very few). Is there any number I can call to verify that I’m receiving everything I’m supposed to receive? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you referring to coupon inserts that are mailed out in some areas? For some locations, the Red Plum insert is mailed out on Tuesday or Wednesday and delivered to postal addresses. But even if you are in one of those areas, Red Plum doesn’t come every week. For a year schedule of coupon inserts, check out: 

      If you stopped receiving them even for when they were scheduled, you may want to contact the post office to see if your area still is getting coupon inserts delivered. 
      Other mailed coupons to keep a look out for are the blue monthly ValPak envelopes or coupons from local businesses. 

  3. sasha says:

    I’m new to couponing and I have a few questions about the P&G rebate if anyone could help that would be great! Does the $50 worth of products come from a pre-coupon Price? I was also looking at the rebate form and there is only room to right in 8 UPC codes and I think I will have to purchase for than 8 items to reach $50, where would I right additional UPC codes? If anyone could help me with these questions that would be great! Thank you!

  4. Do you have a rebate tab or a list of current rebates?

    • Anonymous says:

      Type the keyword “rebate” in the search box at the top right hand corner and it will bring up all the current posts about current/ ongoing rebates!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Got my P&G rebate today - love it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    do we add up the sale price before coupons?