Print the Rebate Form as soon as you see it.

Often rebate forms are only available for a certain amount of time, so as soon as you see the rebate, print it and file it safely away. (You may want to print an extra copy for a friend or in case you lose or make errors on the first one.)

Read the Fine Print.
One of the most important things to do, is determine what you need to buy. Read the fine print and look for Size Restrictions, and to see if you can use coupons to lower your Out Of Pocket Expense. Often rebates won’t specify, which means you can use coupons.  (if you are nervous, make a phone call to clarify).  Also, notice that most rebates will exclude sales tax, so you will want to make sure you reach your spending amount before tax is calculated. Also, it will be important to make sure and notice if you can send in more than 1 receipt.

Make a List And Go Shopping
When shopping for items included in a mail in rebate offer, it’s best not to veer from your shopping list. If you get to the store and they are out of the size you wrote down, wait until you can verify the details of the rebate. No sense buying something that won’t be applied to the rebate.

Fill it out carefully and make copies
Once you are home safe and sound with your items, get your rebate form and fill it out. Be sure to go slow and fill in every line. Some manufacturer’s will deny the rebate if there is any missing information. Then when you are all done, make copies of the filled out form and the receipt.  Consider making a special file just for your rebates. It may seem silly, but the more organized you are, the more likely you have success.

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