Spend money twice? Are you nuts? How about spending money three times or more? Is this legal? You bet! Can anyone do it? Yes!
Store promotions, coupons and manufacture’s rebates are the secret to this legal money churning scheme. Hundreds of products compete for limited retail shelf space. Scores of new products get introduced each year. Stores don’t magically grow new shelves so each new item needs to knock some other item off the shelf. Each manufacturer must get consumers to try their new product and, hopefully, get them hooked on the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread.
Look in store ads, walk down the aisles, look in magazines, on-line, TV, and newspaper coupon inserts, and you will find multiple items with bright colors and big bold letters screaming, “TRY ME FREE, FREE AFTER REBATE, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE,” and so on.
My linen closet is crammed full of toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and other free or nearly free goodies. This means I generally have what I need when I run out of something. I can avoid paying high prices for common household and personal care basics. I can also be generous to family, friends, and local charities by giving them some of the bounty my family can’t use. That’s not to say I go out and buy 65 papers when an item goes on sale and clean out store shelves with a fistful of coupons and $1 cash. Unlike some of the so-called coupon queens I just get one item, or two, submit my rebate or use my coupon and I’m happy.
Today I got a Walgreen’s Easy Saver rebate of $12.40 in the mail. Several weeks ago I purchased some sale make-up at my local store. It was not’t my usual brand, but with a sale, coupon, and rebate I paid less than $1 for product that normally sells for over $14. Now I have a $12.40 gift card I can use to purchase anything I may want or need. I can even use it to buy another rebate item or two and with a little time and patience, get the money back to spend yet again! That little scenario gets repeated week after week and month after month in my house.
Flexibility is the key to my freebie madness. Free is free as far as I’m concerned. I’ll try just about anything once. Rarely, have I been disappointed. If something bombs I just won’t buy it again. Several retailers make deal hunting easy.
Walgreen’s offers Register Rewards that spit out coupons for a cash discount on your next shopping trip. Rite Aid has Single Check Rebates you can submit on-line. Easy rebates at Staples are truly simple, paperless on-line submissions. These are just of a few of the programs available to save consumers money on new or promotional products look around and see what you can find the next time you shop on-line or in your local store.
Spending money more than once, it’s not crazy or wrong. It’s just plain smart.