Here's my "deal". I was awarded a $50 VISA gift card from work for a job I did and I pondered for months what to do with it.
Then it occurred to me! A couple of weeks ago,on the back of their circular, Rite Aid had an entire page of FREEBIES for their rebate program. Most had to do with cold management. We, thankfully, rarely get sick. My son is home schooled so that knocks out a huge "in road' for illness. Plus, we take Vitamin D, get good sleep, drink plenty of water, wash hands, yada yada. It works!
Back to my original thought: I now have cold remedies on hand if needed, instead of having to run to the store if either of us were sick.
Rite Aid make it soooo simple! You enter the receipt on-line (no muss or fuss) and keep adding receipts throughout the month until the rebate month is over. You then request your check (only one check per rebate period so that's why you store them).
Your check arrives in 2-3 weeks. What do I do with that money? Simply keep recycling it!
So for a $50 investment, I just keep using it for free things, wait for my check, and do it again.
So that $50 can easily turn into $300+ a year. And in my case, it will never cost me a dime.
What to do with birthday money? Go to Rite-Aid
Yesterday I picked up 2 packages of 100 watt light bulbs (which will be free) and a rainchecfk for a large bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion (retail $6.99) which will cost me .99 after rebate. Howver, while searching through my coupons, I found a coupon for $1.00 off so it truly will be free!
At my local store, they went above and beyond and earned my loyalty. One of the rebate items I bought was not showing up as valid. I went into the store to return it. They verified that it should have been free. So what did they do? Simply refunded my money (I kept the product) and that was that! No rebate mess. I just kept it.
Final note: Many of the freebies only quality for rebates if you buy them within a certain time period (usually a week). In that case, some of us ran into the problem of having to get rain checks. When the item was back in stock we were, in effect, buying it outside of the freebie window. You could still get the rebate; however, you were ineligible to use the on-line system and have it automatically sent. You would then have to mail all of your receipts, thereby slowing down the receipt of your check.
NOT ANYMORE. They have retooled their system to avoid this. Even if you are using a rain check you can still do everything on line. Yeah! They've made it so much easier.
If you have any questions on taking advantage of Rite Aid rebates, just let me know.
NOTE: Always cut out coupons also for the products that you would LIKE to have but usually don't buy due to the cost. Anything you would actually use is a coupon to keep. I haven't bought body lotion in a while because I'm still whittling away on a bottle. But, the Vaseline lotion I will be getting (for free) is a much better lotion for my current needs.