But don’t seal that lid on the holiday season just yet, or you might miss out on something sure to put a little pep in your weather-proofed step. I’m talking about cash, in the form of Manufacturer’s rebates.
January is the month when some of last year’s spending pays you back a bit, via Manufacturer’s rebate checks and cash cards. Whether you bought appliances, mattresses, razors, coffee makers or even switched electricity suppliers, January is the time to make sure those rebate forms get in before they expire. It is also the time to call any manufacturers who owe you a check, to make sure it’s on the way.
Not sure if any of your holiday purchases came with a rebate? Think about the purchases you made from Black Friday until the end of the year. If you bought any gifts for a kitchen, there is a good chance you have a rebate coming your way. Manufacturers like Kitchen-Aid, Waring, Cuisinart, Bella, Oster, Sunbeam, Black and Decker and Faberware, to name just few, all offered rebates this holiday season. Additionally, some Keurig and Nespresso coffee brewers came with rebates valued between $50 to $100, FitBits with $10 rebates, and even some Beats headphones, on this year’s hot list for gift items, offered a $50 rebate. Once you identify which of your purchases qualify for a rebate, go to the website of the store where you made your purchase for further details, then print out the forms and mail them in. In about a month your check should arrive in your mailbox.
Rebates vary by manufacturers and stores, and they only count if you get them, so take a few minutes now to see if your purchases qualify. It is common for manufacturers to require rebate forms be postmarked within less than 60 days after the purchase date, which makes now the time to get that rebate form mailed in, before your cash back window closes.