Ever wonder how Menards’ rebate program works? It’s an old-fashioned mail-in rebate program that I love. They always have some set of products that are free or deeply discounted after mail-in rebate. Once you understand how the rebate program works, you will enjoy deeply discounted home goods.
How Menards Rebate Program Works
There is no longer a distinction between types of rebate items
It used to be that free-after-rebate items required you to purchase an additional $10 in non-rebated merchandise, whereas items where you paid something out of your pocket didn’t. As of January 1, 2011 that policy is no longer in effect. That means you can exclusively buy free-after-rebate merchandise.
You have to obtain and mail-in a paper rebate form for each type of item for which you are requesting a rebate
An example will help explain this. If you buy 4 items on rebate, 3 packages of nails and 1 glue stick, then you’ll need 2 rebate forms; you’ll have one for the nails and another for the glue stick. You can submit one rebate for multiples of the same item (1 form for the 3 packages of nails). You get the forms at the Customer Service Desk or the Menards’ website. Be honest with yourself about whether you’ll actually complete and mail-in the form. If you won’t do it, then this isn’t for you. Don’t sweat it and move on.
You need to mail a “rebate receipt” along with the paper form
This prints out at the bottom of your receipt for any items qualifying for rebates. Each rebate is numbered and that number is printed on the receipt. You’ll use the rebate form that matches that number.
What if I return an item that had a rebate?
If you return an item that had a rebate available when you purchased it, be prepared to turn over the original cash register receipt and the rebate receipt. If you don’t have the rebate receipt, then the value of the rebate will be deducted from what’s returned to you, whether you submitted for the rebate or not.
Your rebate will come in the form of a Menards store credit
It functions like a gift card, but is a 4 x 6 index card-thing that holds your store credit. It could easily get wet, wrecked or lost so keep it in a safe place. Mine stays in an extra pocket of my coupon holder, since I guard that thing with my life :)
You can use the store credit from one rebate to pay for future rebate items, including “free after rebate” items
Sweet, huh? It takes awhile, 2 months or so, for your store credit to arrive, but when it does you can use it for any future rebates. You can pay for free-after-rebate items with it, or buy anything else your heart desires.
To find the great rebate deals I go to their weekly ad online and search for “rebate” to get a list of all the items that are being offered with a rebate. Weekly we share items whose final price after rebate is at least 75% off their regular price.
Other Tidbits About Shopping at Menards
I have also learned a couple other things about shopping at Menards.
Menards accepts manufacturer’s coupons
By the nature of what they sell there aren’t lots of matching coupons, but personally I have used battery coupons alongside sale and rebates.
Their signage is awesome
I love that they clearly mark where the rebated items are and help make them easy to find. Sometimes I spot additional rebates within the store that weren’t in this week’s ad. I have also found their Associates to be very helpful in pointing me to the sale and rebate items.
Rain checks aren’t always an option
Menards will honor the sale price of an item via rain check, if they are out of stock, but rebates are limited to the stock on hand. In the old days, they’d issue rain checks on items that were free after rebate, but that practice has been discontinued.
Their promotions typically run for two weeks, so if they are out of stock, check back a few days later as they may have received more. If you get a rain check they are good for 90 days.
Finally, use integrity. Some folks go overboard when dealing with rebates by having things mailed to multiple addresses and trying to cheat the system. Cheaters never win. Don’t do it because Menards doesn’t have to offer this to its customers and a few bad apples could spoil it for the rest of us.
Your turn: What questions do you have? What else do you know about the Menards rebate program that I failed to mention? What other stores have rebate programs of some sort?