A little story for explanation
My old house was right by Rite Aid & I shopped there frequently for things I needed & ran out of. One day, I go into the store & I'm behind a lady with like 2 carts full of stuff. I didn't think much of it. She was charging everything on a credit card & she kept ringing up seperate orders. So, I just started chatting with her [because it took forever]. She was telling me about how all of the stuff would end up being pretty much free; just the cost of tax & interest.
She shared her rebate method with me. I haven't used it yet, but once I get a credit card with nothing on it, I will.
She frequently shops at like RiteAid/Walgreens/etc. for the household items/personal items that are "free after mail in rebate".
She said she charges them onto a credit card allocated for rebate shopping alone. She then mails out the rebate forms & receipts or files them electronically when possible. Then, when the check comes in [according to her, usually 2-4 weeks], she applies the whole check to her credit card. If the rebates don't come in on time, she just pays the minimum until the rebate checks do come in.
I, of course, was like "WOW how brilliant is that!? I never thought of that before". It's like being able to get namebrand products for free! It's something so simple, but I never thought of it. :shock: I was in awe. My next question to her was, "Will you even USE all of that stuff?!" -She had 2 full carts, remember... She said, "Probably not..." But apparently, she takes what she can use, gifts some to family & friends for Christmas giftbaskets, & the rest she donates to shelters that desperately need donations of such items for homeless, battered women & children, etc. I thought that was great.
Hope some of you can take advantage of the savings!! :D I know I can't wait til I get a credit card with no balance to get free items to free up my budget on necessities!!