Craig Biz Buzz for Dec. 15, 2014: Rebates, coupons can save shoppers money | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig Biz Buzz for Dec. 15, 2014: Rebates, coupons can save shoppers money

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

With the holiday season in full swing, shoppers tend to look for coupons and discount codes as a means to save money.

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming offers these tips if you're looking for rebates or coupons:

• Check the store online before you buy. Store websites and social media platforms can tell you which items are discounted and send you alerts for product sales and coupons.

• Be careful with coupons. Make sure you obtain your coupon from a reputable site. The Internet is filled with sites that ask for a credit card number but deliver counterfeit or worthless coupons.

• Keep all packaging and receipts. Original packaging is required for mail-in rebates. Keeping the packaging and receipts is also helpful when returning merchandise.

• Don’t wait to send your rebate paperwork. Submit paperwork immediately after purchase to avoid weeks or months of back-and-forth if a problem arises. When mailing the rebate, request a receipt to document that the item was sent and request another when the envelope is received.

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