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Menards Free Items are Perfect for Father’s Day!

I’m a Frugalite and when it comes to gifts there’s no difference.  Wait! Before you assume too much and start to call me cheap, there’s a method to my madness!

A while ago a dear friend of ours had a birthday coming up and mentioned Menards rebates.  “Don’t they give you free stuff, Clair?” He inquired. “Yup, wouldn’t that make a fun gift? A bag of free tools?” Salivating at the mouth, he replied in the positive and I was on a mission.

You see for a long time Menards have offered items that are free after Cost: $1.98

rebate.  For a long time I’ve been getting them and giving them as gifts and call me crazy but I’ve never heard a man turn down a bag of tools!  In fact the friend in question was delighted and knew they were all free.  With Father’s Day approaching I thought it was high time that I mentioned how you can get free tools and other items from Menards that not only are good for the house but make great gifts.

………. Every week in their sale flier, there are items available for great prices after sending in a rebate. Many are free after rebate (FAR), but they have a clause that you must spend $10 in non-rebate items to qualify for the free rebates. This clause does not affect items that are not free

………….Your rebate is only available in the form of a Menards “rebate check”, meaning you use it just as you would a gift card and it doesn’t expire.

……….You go choose your items, and the first time you shop, you will pay full price Out of Pocket (OOP).

……….Your receipt will have rebate receipts attached, and each will have a rebate number on it. Near the exit door, a counter has all the rebate forms in numerical order. Choose the ones you need.

……….At home, fill out your forms, address your envelope, put in the forms and rebate receipt and you are done.. In about three weeks, your rebate “checks” should start coming in the mail.

A lot of people assume that mail in rebates are time-consuming so I timed it once! With address labels in hand and no need to photocopy receipts because you keep the top portion, I managed to complete about 7 in 2 minutes.  Although you do pay tax, the savings are enormous .

For more complete information check out:  http://www.ehow.com/how_4584276_do-rebates-menards.html

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