Now that the holidays are over, you can take some time to do the small things that you have been putting off until you were done with the hectic pace of the holidays. One of those tasks may include making sure that you get your rebates for the holiday gifts purchased for your friends and family members. During the holiday season, many retailers and manufacturers offer cash rebates for popular gifts to entice more people into buying them. However, if you do not do everything correctly, obtaining your rebates can become another holiday season headache. Here are some tips that can help you make the process as smooth as possible.
There are often two ways to file your information to receive your rebate for a holiday gift you purchased: by mail or online. Sending the information through the mail increases the chances that your information will get lost or misplaced at the fulfillment center. Filing the information online using an app or website operated by the company offering the rebate ensures that your information will be received by the company and will often offer ways to track your rebate status online. If you notice anything incorrect or confusing, you should be able to contact the fulfillment center using the telephone number provided on the website.
Make A Copy
If you are required to send in documentation as proof of making the purchase, make a copy of the documents before you send the originals to the rebate processing center. It is important to retain copies of everything that proves that you made the purchase and submitted your information for the rebate so that you have them if anything goes wrong. If you do not have easy access to a copier, you can take pictures of the documents with a smartphone or digital camera and store them on your computer until they are needed or the rebate has been received.
Don’t Miss The Deadline
In most cases, you have a set amount of time to send in your information to receive your rebate. Any claims sent outside of the established time frame will not be honored by the rebate processing company. While the best way to ensure that you send in the information on time is to send in the rebate as soon as you can, this is not always feasible because you do not know if you will need the receipt to return the gift. Make sure you document the rebate deadline in a prominent place so you will not miss the date and lose your chance to receive the money.
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