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5 Minutes Saved Me $12

You know those (semi-annoying) Geico commercials? “15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance.”

Well, I just saved $12 in 5 minutes, which is about 17% of my $70 purchase. So take that Geico!

When I got home from work last night, I let my dogs out in the backyard and then I went around to check the mail.

I always sort the mail as I walk back up the drive to my house so I can immediately throw away the spam mail and other trash so I can avoid having to declutter it later.

As I was sorting through the mail, I came across two postcard “checks” worth $12 each. These were from the mail-in rebate I filled out when I got my dogs’ heart worm medication for the year.

Heart worm medication is expensive, which is why most pet owners that use it only buy one box at a time for each of their pets. One box contains 6 doses for 6 months. But most hear worm medication companies offer a mail-in rebate discount if you buy a whole year’s supply at the same time.

Because I know I’m going to end up buying a whole year’s worth anyhow, I always buy a whole year’s worth for each dog when I go to the vet and then I submit 3 forms for 3 rebates (one/dog). I’ve never had a problem with this and all 3 checks usually arrive on the same day. But this time they didn’t.

After I got through the whole mail pile and saw that I was indeed 1 rebate check short I thought, “Well the post office has sucked at getting mail to its location lately, so maybe one of them is just delayed and I should wait patiently for it to arrive later.” (Yeah right, I’m not patient.)

Since I’m not patient, I decided to call and check on the 3rd check. I grabbed the photo copy I had made of all 3 filled out rebate forms to find the phone number. The customer service phone number wasn’t on the form nor was it on one of the checks I got in the mail.

I almost gave up right then, but I decided to do a quick internet search to see if I could turn it up. Luckily, it was easy to find on the internet so I gave them a call.

After only 2-3 minutes on the phone, the representative got the problem fixed and said my 3rd rebate check should be here in about 2 weeks. (Apparently their system had only registered 2 of my 3 rebate forms.)

Viola! It took me only five minutes to save that money.  Eat your heart out Geico! 🙂


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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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