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Subject: Refund/Rebate forms for food/household Items- Anyone Interested in Trading
Date Posted: 1/14/2015 2:47 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2006
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Hi RAOK friends,

I used to be an avid Refunder- which means collecting food labels, household item labels or boxtops and accompanying grocery receipts for refunds and rebates offered by National food companies. For example- You could buy an item and send in a label and receipt and get the full refund for the product- a promotion often for new food products encouraging people to try them. I used to save and  organize my labels for name brand foods and products ( Procter and Gamble company used to have TONS of rebates on their laundry soaps, toothpastes, etc )  Some companies are still offering refunds- of course you need to have the Refund forms and required product labels.  I used to earn over $100.00 to $150.00 a month in refund/rebate checks and even belonged to a Refunders Rebate Forms Club- each month we met and exchanged refund/rebate forms and had a fun time. We even traded what we called "Complete Deals" Say someone bought a certain brand of shampoo alot and there was a rebate on it- they would have extra forms and labels and their grocery receipt to trade others for Complete Deals they had extras of.  Not only did I receive the nice refund checks but some offers were for Free coupons for products, food items, produce, free movie tickets to certain theaters and sometimes free mugs, Tshirts or other neat promotional items- some of them now collectibles.  Has anyone been into the Refunding hobby in the past or currently? More companies used to have refund promotionals- but I am finding some still do.  I am most interested in refunding for food items, and household products, toiletries, etc.

This week I found a couple Refund forms at the grocery store for food products and grabbed a bunch of extra forms and thought it might be fun to find others who do this and trade refund forms that we could use from one another. One was for Nature Valley Nut Crip bars- for the full rebate- just for trying it- Full refund.  Another form I found was for Red Baron Pizza and Bud Light- up to $10.00 and expires on February 3rd ( usually that means the rebate that you mail in has to be postmark no later than that date.

I am not announcing this to give away these forms- it involves lots of postage and then if you are refunding for profit you lose alot of income- But if you find others who have current refund/rebate forms for common national food products and household items or extra labels on current offers and they wish to trade rebate forms or labels- its worth the postage to obtain refund forms you could use.

Just checking here to find out if there are others who actively do this REFUNDING or come across a good number of currrent food/household product refund and rebate forms.  They used to have magazines out that announced current rebate forms and gave tips and had trading forums/ Does anyone see alot of these rebate forms at their grocery or drug stores currently?? You also may see Refund or Rebate forms in the Sunday coupons sections or Parade type Sunday magazines in newspapers.

Would trading Refund/Rebate forms be traded on the coupon forum or where would that best fit- I may have to look for other Refunders on the Internet or online groups that exchange Refund Forms.  But wanted to see if there were others here into this hobby??



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Date Posted: 1/14/2015 4:42 PM ET
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Not sure which forum would be appropriate for rebate refund exchanges, but (like you) I was an avid rebater when my kids were little.  Even subscribed to a rebating newsletter which kept up-to-date details on current rebates.  Though I never had anywhere near $100 to $150 a month!  Usually more like $50 or so, but those little checks did add up!

Nowadays I do maybe one a month.  This month I sent in a rebate form for $16 back on Vella wine.  It seems that beer/wine products often have very good rebates and those forms are rather plentiful at my grocery stores (the biggest one I do EVERY year is a $40 rebate from Budweiser beer, if you buy a 12 pack of beer and spend $100 at the grocery store -- the beer only costs about $13, so even if a person was to throw out the beer or give it away, it would make sense to do it!  It was like getting free beer and an additional $25 to boot!  They always run this promo around the 4th of July).  I recently got Arm & Hammer's clumping cat litter for free by sending in the UPC and receipt as well (and even used a coupon on the purchase, too!).  

But, I don't seem to see very many of those rebate forms at my stores anymore, excepting for beer & wine ones.  Sometimes a new brand of dishwashing detergent will have a 'try me free' form attached, but I'm not seeing as many as I used to.  So, I could contribute beer/wine forms, but not sure what else I could come up with.  Though may be a matter of just keeping my eyes peeled a bit more!  Will be interested in hearing if others have many in their areas as well. 

Date Posted: 1/14/2015 6:31 PM ET
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Thanks so much catsandroses for sharing your experience. Appreciate your feedback and knowing that you were an active refunder and still send in refunds monthly.  The reason I believe that I did so well was that my mother allowed me to use her name and address for rebate checks- and she would just add them up and issue me a check for the total each month. And yes, I too did it when my kids were young and got diaper rebates and other kids perks too for mailing in name brand labels.  We are teetotalers so unfortunately would not use the liquor rebates but I am sure others might be able to use those. I too am keeping my eyes peeled for refund/rebate forms.  I have been seeing most of them when a new product comes out and they want you to try it.  I will check, but used to see persons offering refund forms on Ebay for a handling fee they call it.  I would enjoy trading refund/refund forms and name brand food and toiletries, household items labels, upcs, and boxtops, etc with others who do this.  The new Nature Valley Nut Crisps are very good- and I already bought 2 boxes and will send one in for myself and my mom- who lives in the same town.  Since we love the dark almond nut twist bars and they are a better health option, I will likely buy more and could trade those proofs for other refund forms.  At my refund club we exchanged refund forms and extra labels some of us had for current offers. I got in the habit of saving current grocery register receipts ( that most rebate forms required )- especially those that don't identify the products and some of the prices were close to what the item cost. I remember some offers just posted online and you did not need a refund form- so I might search for those.  Thanks catsandroses and hope others who have been, or are involved in the refunding hobby might share their experience or interest.  Its fun to have a hobby that makes money!!

If anyone knows any active websites that list current refund forms or those you don't actually need the form- or have trading forums- Also refund offers on cereal boxes or food boxes, toiletries for cash refunds or free products.  THANKS

I may ask my at my local grocery stores or drug stores and pharmacies if they have some refund and rebate forms for products- I remember some stores years ago kept them behind the counter or in a file and people could request them   Appreciate others keeping their eye out for refund pads displayed by products on their shopping trips- and if you would like to trade refund forms- take a number of extra forms when you see them.  Thanks!



Last Edited on: 1/14/15 7:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 1/15/2015 8:29 AM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2009
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I used to submit for rebates a lot, but it just got to be too cumbersome.  Now, I only do the ones if I can get everything together on the same day I bought it and if I can buy all the requirements on the same trip.  Otherwise, I end up losing or throwing away the receipts.  I also donate a huge amount of stuff to the pantry at my church and more times than I care to admit, gave away stuff I needed the UPC's from to complete a rebate.  I am an avid couponer, so I end up buying stuff for next to nothing already; and I use Ebates and Saving Star and get tons of "rebates" automatically.  The majority of "refunds" that I've seen are if you are not satisfied with the product, which normally wouldn't apply to me.

You did peak my interest though on what else might be available.  I found this website that I'm gonna explore a little more.  http://couponsdealsandmore.com/printable-rebate-forms/

Date Posted: 1/15/2015 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
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I used to do a lot of the rebates too. But now I only do if it is a substantial amount to make it worth my time and postage needed to mail it all in.

Date Posted: 1/15/2015 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 3/29/2009
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My mom and I used to rebate. I don't find many rebates like I used to..it would have to be worth my time before I would do it again. But if people want to exchange rebate forms here without getting into trouble I would be interested.

Date Posted: 1/18/2015 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2006
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Thanks gals for sharing- I am going to keep my eye open this week for more rebate forms- often the grocery and drug store clerks and pharmacy employees know if they have refund/rebate forms to share- sometimes they keep them behind the desk. If others are currently refunding as a hobby or used to and want to get involved again-  let me know.

Date Posted: 1/19/2015 10:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the nice replies here and feedback! If any persons here might be interested in exchanging refund, rebate forms for food and household products, and its okay with this RAOK site- we can maybe add a section to our RAOK monthly Wishlist form stating- Rebate forms I have to swap or something like that or food/and other labels of current refund offers that we have extras of.( Someone let us know if that is okay with the rules )  Appreciate if those who are interested ask at the service desk or pharmacy desks for food and toiletries and over the counter medicinal product refunds and rebate forms.  Some times they store them ( if you can take some extra forms to swap )- Also some refund/rebate offers can be listed on the internet or on food or toiletries products that do not need a form and you just send the required boxtops or proofs to an address listed ( Please share these if you find them  )  Thanks for all the replies- I miss this hobby that used to be so fun and lucrative to me when refund forms were found in abundance. So hope to begin refunding again and keep my eyes WIDE open for the refund forms in stores, on boxes, in Sunday papers and magazines, or listed on the internet or the product websites.


 

Date Posted: 1/27/2015 8:18 AM ET
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I found this Refund/Rebate Blog site today and joined. http://justrebates.blogspot.com/   It appears current and lists refunds and rebates that are out there- If any of you find sites that list printable free refund rebate forms that are current or on websites let us know here.

For those persons who responded before on this thread- who are interested in refunding and rebating- I have 3 Complete Deals for a rebate on TRY ME FREE Nature Valley Nut Crisp for $3.39 refund  ( I know you still have to spend postage but it's almost a $3 refund- can go out for coffee or icecream for $3!! )  So CatsandRoses, Khristine, Rebecca and Connie- PM me if you would like one of these Complete Deal. This refund expires in July of 2015 and I have more of the forms. This means I have the refund form, the proof needed from the box and the grocery receipt.  I would be willing to send these out- but hoping others might have some refund forms ( for food, toiletries, common household or kitchen products ) or partial or complete deals to share.  I may be getting more of these for I LOVE the dark chocolate almond nut crisp ( low in calories and high in nutrition and fiber and delicious! )  I prefer to send these to those who posted above or who are truly interested in getting involved in refunding here- sharing refund forms or labels for refunds.

I hope to step up my refunding and will really keep my eye out for refund forms in the grocery stores, pharmacy counters, Sunday coupon inserts, on food and household product boxes, or promoted online or on the TV or radio. Hope others here will do the same.  A Hobby that makes money that not taxable!!

Date Posted: 1/28/2015 5:41 PM ET
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I've been keeping my eye out for rebates too. If I find any, I will be sure to pass them on.

Date Posted: 4/9/2015 6:46 PM ET
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I have 3 "extra" $18.99 Purina ProPlan rebates.  You will need to send me your email address so I can scan the receipt to you.  You submit all of the requirements online.  https://www.proplan.com/myplan  need to submit ASAP