Every week in their sale flier, there are items available for great prices after sending in a rebate. Many are free after rebate (FAR). As of fall 2011 they no longer require a $10 additional purchase. Your rebate is only available in the form of a Menards “rebate check”, meaning you use it just as you would a gift card.
So, you go choose your items, and the first time you shop, you will pay full price Out of Pocket (OOP). Your receipt will have rebate receipts attached, and each will have a rebate number on it. Near the exit door, a counter has all the rebate forms in numerical order. Choose the ones you need. At home, fill out your forms (I use address labels so it takes one second each), address your envelope, put in the forms and rebate receipt and you are done. I don’t even have to cut out UPC’s. In about three weeks, your rebate “checks” should start coming in the mail.
The next time you shop, use the checks instead of cash, and depending on how much you spend, you can greatly reduce the chance of ever having to spend money OOP there again. If you do have to spend $10 to qualify for a free rebate item, this can also come from your checks.
I’ve had a good amount of Menards money on a gift certificate for a couple of weeks now and have been waiting for some good freebies to use it on. Yesterday Hubs needed to grab some stuff for work so I sent him with a list! Although he forgot the batteries look at all the goodies we got:
2 x laundry detergent
2 x saver bags I needed
4 x paint brushes to donate
Total after rebates? $1.98 plus a little tax.
For those of you who’ve never done Menards rebates before I decided to time how long it took me to do them today! It took me two minutes to write them, grab the envelope and address labels. Then it took me two minutes to copy them and while doing so I managed to change the laundry over. So, 4 minutes to do it to get $37 worth of things for under $2. Pretty good deal me thinks!
Points to Remember
1) Even if you have 10 rebates to send in you don’t need 10 envelopes. Put them all in the same one and label it “Rebates” at the address they give. Save yourself some time and some stamps.
2) You don’t have to spend $10 for each FREE after rebate item. Items that aren;t free after rebate require no additional purhcase and items that are require only 1 $10 purchase. This can be a $10 gift card to Menards.
3) If you’re like me the first time you spend money OOP, the next time you can simply use your rebate money that you got back and keep rolling it.
4) Menards doesn’t take food stamps.
5) A lot of items are being repeated for the FREE with rebate. You can buy those same items again and get the rebate again. Each rebate cycle is two weeks and all the rebates will be renumbered in the future and you can buy the same item again.
6) The rebate checks state that they must be used in one transacation, but you don’t. They just write on it how much is left on it, just like a gift card.
7) Be aware of their two-week sales cycle and only go one time per two weeks instead of twice. Get the ad one week then wait until the next week to get the second ad and then shop. Since all the deals in the first ad are good through the second week get all the deals on one trip. What is especially great is when they have a CRAZY DAY SALE . Go on Sunday and get the deals from that ad and the week before and the new ad out on Sunday!