Yesterday I touched on using rebates with my mystery shopping to come out ahead. Today, I’ll go over using coupons during your shopping trips and pairing that with rebates for maximum savings.
Where does one obtain rebates? eBay! That site is a plethora of rebates just waiting to be purchased. Or rather, purchasing the time of the individual who gathered and shipped them to you. That’s more like it.
My shops are pre-planned. I know what will be purchased that day from knowing what is on sale to pair a coupon with for maximum savings. On to eBay, where I’ll peruse the no beer purchase required rebates. Fortunately, The Mrs and I live in a state where the beer companies can offer these fabulous “no beer purchase required” rebates where you just go to the grocery store, purchase your items, send in your rebate form with the grocery receipt, and in 6-8 weeks you get a check in the mail! It’s amazing!
When purchasing these forms on eBay, just make sure it is WORTH it. Be sure you are actually getting a rebate you will buy. For example, I make sure I find meat rebates. We eat a lot of meat at my house (I can just hear some of the comments I might get from PETA here.) It is worth it to spend $2 on eBay for a $10 meat rebate, it puts me eight bucks ahead on my purchase. If you stay just within the rebate boundaries and do not overspend, you can easily come out even on your purchases. That is my goal- to come out even.
If these rebates are paired with coupons, it is a win-win situation! Split up purchases at the check out (unless there is a BIG rebate you are using- most stores will print out a duplicate receipt if you ask prior to scanning your items, or you can get one at the customer service center.) This way you can benefit the most.
Today I plan on doing a mystery shop, sending in a rebate, and using coupons.
It is my hope that these posts really help someone out there! Staying within your budget is paramount for most families, and saving money out of the grocery budget can only help a family in other areas!