Rebates are the best way to get the most bang for your buck. There are always rebates in the newspaper, on company sites (P&G, Olay etc), on tearpads at the stores, etc. Getting a rebate for an item is easy. You buy certain items that are listed on the rebate form, save the receipt, sometimes save the upc codes, mail it all in with your rebate form filled out and 6-8 weeks you will get a check in the mail. The best part is that you can use coupons along with these rebates to make the items cheap, FREE or even make money from buying them.
For example; Pert shampoo was on rebate last summer. It had a sticker on it that said Try Me for FREE!! This was during the Kmart Super Double Event. So I when online, printed the rebate form to make sure that I followed the directions, since they are all so different. Purchased Pert shampoo for $3.49, used a $1.50 off 1 coupon, which was doubled since it was Super Double at Kmart. Paid .49, sent in my receipt and rebate form and 6 weeks later got a check for $3.49. Now all rebates do not work this way, some state that you will only get back what you pay. That is why it is best to read the fine print before you purchase the item. You do not want to waste your time mailing it in when you already got it for FREE and then they do not send you a check because it was stated that you would not get it.