|This is the back side of the Budweiser spend $14 get $7 form|
What are NBPR rebates?
If you haven't heard about NBPR rebates (no beer purchase required) now is the time to have your world rocked...but only if you live in a state that required no alcohol purchase to redeem the offer on the rebate form (generally AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MD, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OK, UT and WV). For those people not in one of these states, I’m so sorry!
For those in NBPR states you can get great rebates on an odd assortment of goods and services, courtesy of alcohol companies, with no strings attached. For example, one of my above rebates is for $6 back when you buy $20 in shoes! Follow the terms on the back and you have a $20 pair of shoes for $14 after rebate!
Even better: At Rite Aid recently I was able to get a lot of a salty snack items for free after register coupons for money off my next order. I spent .97 and got $1 to spend. Then I spent the coupon on the same kind of .97 item, get more coupons. On and on it goes. I have over $14 in salty snack items on receipt that I effectively got for free. Now I can use that receipt to get an additional $7 with $14 purchase- with the Budweiser rebate above! So that means I would have 15 bags of salty snacks from Rite Aid (.97*15=14.55) for a $7 profit!
I have been doing NBPR rebates for a while and it almost always works out as it should. When it doesn't I've been fortunate to easily speak to customer service and have my problem resolved.
Where do I find these forms?
I do not find these in my stores, so I have to use coupon clipping services. EBay stores carry these rebates and so does Hot Coupon World's Trader forum (we talked about that in a previous post about why not to buy a Sunday paper if you need more info).
I like to go on HCW Trader Forum to read the offerings and see what is out there. If it wasn't for that forum I wouldn't even know what to look for on eBay! HCW is where I got the rebate forms you see above. I make a monthly list of rebates I want to get and check off what I have gotten. When you have 15 rebates (some with similar offers) it’s easy to lose track. You don’t want to lose money by sending two forms to one company. Generally you may only have one offer per household and you would lose out on the second form.
How much to pay for the rebate forms?
My general rule is to not pay more than 10% of rebate value on my purchase, with shipping at actual cost only. I think this is a fair price. Occasionally on a really desirable rebate people ask more. If it's like $25 for buying $100 of ANY groceries I would make an exception on my 10% rule. Even if I paid $5 (20%) for this form I would be ahead $20. Who doesn't have reciepts for something as general as groceries? I'd not be thrilled to pay it, but I would!
What else do I need to know?
Read the terms of the forms before you buy, and then again before you submit the forms in the mail. Make sure there’s NBPR each time. One recent form DID require a beer purchase, and I didn’t even notice since it’s never happened to me! The seller let me know, thankfully.
If you are unsure about any of the instructions for submission- call the company. They are helpful and can address your concerns.
Once you get rolling with the rebates you will enjoy checking the mail each day as you wonder if another check has arrived. What could you do with an extra $300-500 a year?