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*Expired* I’m headed to Ace Hardware

by Freebies4Mom on May 23, 2008 6:35 am


Update @ 2:30 pm: Thank you for all your comments about your experience shopping at Ace Hardware! It appears that the coupon acceptance policy varies by store or by region. Some stores accept manufacturer’s coupons, my store does not. And, it sounds like using coupons should not affect the rebate you request. We’ll see – I’ll give you an update on my rebate in Coupons 4 Mom.

Update @ 8:50 am: I learned something important this morning. My Ace Hardware does not accept manufacturer’s coupons, except for a few specific brands (like Scott’s fertilizer). So the Glade candles are a no-deal. But all the “free after rebate” items are a great deal! The microfiber towels look really nice – great for washing the car or cleaning anything. If you have a “Save $5 off $25” coupon, just add something you need to bring your total above $25.

I’ll be going to Ace Hardware first thing this morning after they open at 8. Here’s the Frugal Father’s Day gift I hope to be picking up for free (plus some other free stuff). Money Saving Methods has some great recommendations on how to get a $5 coupon and how to get free shipping if you order some of these items online (not all items available online). Just remember that this is a “free after rebate” deal. So you will have to pay the sale price for these items and hopefully you can use some coupons. Then you can submit your e-Rebate as a member of Ace Rewards.

And as I predicted, they now have a special rebate form available on their site: Ace Memorial Day Sale Rebate Form for May 23-26. A great form to print before you head to Ace to make sure you are “buying” the right stuff (and that you’ll get your money back!). It looks like you have to mail-in your UPC symbol for the Microfiber towels and Grant Ant Spikes, but you can do the Terro Ant Killer, Blue Coral Carwash, and No Touch Tire Cleaner as eRebates.

I do need to remind you that I have not used a coupon on a rebate purchase before, so I am about to learn how this will affect my rebate from Ace. My hope is that it will not affect the amount of rebate money I get, but it is possible they will deduct the coupon from my rebate total. It is still worthwhile for me to do this deal, I’ll still be getting a lot of useful stuff for very cheap.

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one frugal lady May 23, 2008 at 11:58 am

I went to the one in Spring this morning. The cashier got nasty with me and said they do not take coupons unless they are the ace coupons. They would not take the ones for glade at all. So I took them off the order, and when I got home, I realized they had still charged me for one of them. Great! Now I have to go back again…..

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Heather May 23, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I’m so sorry – cashiers should never be “nasty” – it’s just bad customer service. Sorry you have to go back – but do go get your refund for that candle you didn’t buy! When I went to Ace the manager rang me up and she was so nice about explaining that they don’t take manufacturer’s coupons – I had to learn sometime!

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Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Within the past couple of months there was a sale that included household cleaners like Murphy’s Oil Soap and Oust. I used manufacturer’s coupons on those products and they accepted all of them. My rebates were not affected.

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Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Mine wouldn’t take the $5 off $25 purchase, they said the rebate items were on sale as well :(Rachael

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Wendy May 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

My Ace Hardware in central Iowa accepts manufacturer’s coupons. Maybe it varies by store?

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Heather May 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Thank you everyone for letting me know that some stores (or regions) accept manufacturer’s coupons! My store does not, but you need to check with your store to see if they do! Rachael – Your store must be really strict about the coupons they accept. My store took my coupon (the manager rang me up) without a second glance. I did not realize that the $5 off $25 coupon from the Entertainment Book says that the coupon is not valid on sale priced merchandise. I’m sorry, I should have read the fine print – but my guess is that most stores will still accept this coupon and not be too strict about whether every item you bought was full-price.

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Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Just wanted to say thank you for the information on your blog! I would have never known about this deal at Ace Hardware!

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one frugal lady May 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Okay, so even without Ace taking my coupons, I still made some money on this deal. I spent $14.97 and I’m getting $18.49 back. Not too bad. Thanks heather!

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Anonymous May 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I am going to give Ace a try. Have they been having this rebate stuff for a while??? I never heard of it. I hope the service is good cuz I need other home improovement items and my local home depot and lowes is like a ghosttown when it comes for finding help.

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Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 7:44 am

Heather, no problem I will just use it another time. I didn’t even know my book had that coupon! Also, thank you so much for the Ace idea for fathers day, i would have missed that one too! Your site is AWESOME! Thank you!Rachael

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