Online Shopping: How to Save Money with Rebates

Do you love online shopping? If you do, then rebating is something you should do regularly. Rebates are a wonderful way to stretch your budget a little further, as well as try out new products and shop at new stores!

If you’re a newbie to the world of rebating, then don’t worry. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Use a trusted rebate or cashback site.

The first thing you need to do is find a steady source of rebates. You may want to try popular websites like Ebates, zuuzs, Mr. Rebates, BigCrumbs and FatWallet. Different rebate or cashback sites are affiliated with different stores, so be sure you choose a website that can get you rebates on your favorite stores!

2. Signing up is easy.

In most cases, signing up for a rebate site is as easy as entering your email address or creating a user name and password. You can usually start shopping as soon as you’ve set up your account.

3. You can start shopping with your rebate site.

Log in and start shopping! Make sure that you begin your shopping session at your rebate site. Always click first on your store’s link through the rebate or cashback website.

4. Shop like you normally would.

When you get to the store’s website you will just shop as you normally would. Put items in your cart and pay for them when you’re done. You won’t see any difference—so don’t panic if nothing extraordinary happens.

5. Check the rebate site later on.

At some later point, your rebate information will show up on your account. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks, depending on the store and the site you are signed up with.

6. Request for your rebate.

A site member usually needs to reach a minimum amount before rebates can be released. Once you’ve reached this amount, simply request your rebate and wait. Sites use various methods to send over rebates, such as via check or PayPal. Some sites even allow you to donate your rebates to charity!

7. Refer your friends.

Referrals aren’t required—but most rebate sites offer bonuses if your friends or family members sign up with them and also make a purchase.

As you can probably tell by now, rebating doesn’t take a lot of extra time or effort. It’s free to do and really is that simple. You’ll save money whenever you shop online, and all you need to do is make a few extra clicks!

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Free Downloadable Rebate Tracker

Click for larger view of rebate tracker.

I used to be really horrible about keeping track of all the rebates that I write about and send in for.  My record keeping method did consist of throwing a photocopy into a file and never looking at it again, but I’d often wonder if I was actually getting all the rebates I was due.  I finally got off my duff and created a Mail In Rebate Tracker spreadsheet so I wouldn’t have to wonder anymore and I’d love to share it with you.  If you’d like to know at a glance whether your rebates have been paid and how much you’re owed, then download your free copy of the Mail In Rebate Tracker spreadsheet for Excel (.xls file – right click and ‘save target as’) and see how easy it is to keep track of your rebates.

 

Free Downloadable Rebate Tracker

Mail In Rebate Tracker

Click for larger view of the Mail In Rebate Tracker

 

I’m pretty good about keeping track of our weekly grocery and drugstore spending, but I’ve been rather horrible at keeping track of all the rebates that I write about and send in for.  My record keeping method has consisted of throwing a photocopy into a file and never looking at it again, but I’ve always wanted a way that I could track the rebates that I’d been paid for, and especially the ones still waiting to be paid.  Well I’ve finally gotten around to finishing up the project and I’m proud to share the results with you guys!  Download your free copy of the Mail In Rebate Tracker spreadsheet for Excel (.xls file – right click and ‘save target as’) and see how easy it is to keep track of the rebates you’re owed.

 

New Olay $20 Rebate

There is a brand new Olay rebate available that is good for $20 back when you purchase $50 worth of Olay Facial Moisturizers, Facial Treatments and/or Facial Cleansers. All purchases must be made by September 3, 2010. Rebate submissions must be postmarked by September 17, 2010.  These always make for some great deals so stay tuned for more info!

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