Over the last two weeks I picked up $179.51 in free stuff from Menards! And more importantly, I found out what happens when you buy a rebate item from a sale that has expired, but that still has the sign up in the store.
On Wednesday evening I went into the store to buy the current week’s free-after-rebate items. Since it was so late in the week, I missed out on 4x Loctite Repair Putty (they were sold out in all nearby stores). But I maxed my quantities on all the other items from the flyers:
- 4 pop-up cotton towels 8-pack
- 1 36″ stainless steel yardstick*
- 10 electronics wipes 20-pack
- 2 jar/bottle opener
- 1 stain brush
- 5 paint brushes
* Limit was 2 but I was out of rebate checks and didn’t want to invest any more real money into this tactic.
Then I started spotting free-after-rebate items that I hadn’t seen on any advertisements. There may have been even more of these items, but I didn’t take the time to check every corner of the store. Here are the additional items I picked up for free:
- 4 rug grippers
- 10 colorful Loom Bandz bracelet kits (no quantity limit!)
- 6 [low quality / outdated] Nintendo DS and Wii games (no quantity limit!)
I also found rolls of wallpaper and wallpaper borders free-after-rebate with no quantity limit, but I decided they weren’t worth my trouble (or storage space).
When I put the 6 video games in my cart, I considered looking up their current prices online and returning to the store the next day if they were worth anything. I’m glad I decided to just pick up 6 of them that night, because when I was getting my rebate forms before leaving the store, I realized the register hadn’t printed a rebate receipt for the games. When I asked about it at the service counter, they discovered that the sign had been accidentally left up, and the sale had ended the day before (March 31st). I asked if I would have to return them, but the associate told me they have a way of working around their computer system when trying to print rebate receipts for expired sale items. So instead of getting a rebate receipt, they printed me a rebate check on the spot!
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