While I’m not a huge fan of rebates (I’ve had one too many denied for dubious reasons) I am a big fan of Menards’ rebates. Nearly every week, Menards has a variety of items that are FREE or inexpensive after rebates. I’ve begun blogging the great Menards rebates deals, but in case you’ve never done their rebates before, here are a few tips…
Menards rebates are easy. You don’t have to cut any UPCs off product packaging or send photocopies of your receipt. When you buy a rebate item at Menards, a second rebate receipt automatically prints at the bottom of your main receipt. There’s a number at the top of each product’s rebate receipt. This corresponds to the number of the rebate. For example, in the photo above, #2688 is a $4.00 rebate for glass cutting boards. Rebate #2066 is a $2.00 rebate for sunscreen.
After you finish buying your rebate items, head to the customer service counter at Menards, where you’ll see a large display of rebate forms. They’re usually sorted in numerical order. Take one form for each rebate you plan to submit. All rebates going to the same address can be sent in the same envelope, so this saves postage too. (Menards rebates nearly always go to the same P.O. Box in Wisconsin.) If you forget to grab your rebate forms before leaving the store, you can also print them from Menards’ site.
In the photo above, I’m sending five different rebates in the same envelope. When these rebates are processed, the total for all of them will be sent back in the form of a credit check for Menards. You can use this for future Menards shopping trips. There are a couple of perks with this — first, anything you buy with a credit check is tax-free. I recently had a $69 total at Menards, and when I paid with a credit check from a past rebate, the total immediately dropped to $65 and change — no tax. “Rolling” the rebates from free items to buy more free items is a great way to get freebies from Menards too.
Here’s a credit check I got from a large batch of rebates. While the check came back with a total of $218.50, I don’t have to spend that entire amount in the same shopping trip. The cashier will scan it and write the remaining balance on the check. The checks do not expire.
I’ve been doing Menards rebates for many years and have never had an issue with receiving them. In my experience, they’re very reliable. We shop at Menards pretty frequently, and rolling the rebates over and over not only helps save us money (that no-tax thing again!) but also allows us to get a lot of interesting and fun items free or very inexpensively. Have fun shopping and rebating at Menards!