Menards offers a rather openhanded rebate policy that rewards customers with an 11% mail-in rebate on new products every week.
You never know which products qualify for a rebate week to week, but when you realize there’s something you need in the extensive weekly ad, it’s a pleasant surprise.
With the increase in online shopping, many customers wonder whether the rebates apply to products sold on Menard’s website and if they can submit the rebates online.
We cover everything you need to know about Menards rebates, including whether you can apply those rebates to online products.
Can You Use Menards Rebates Online?
No, you cannot use Menards rebates online.
You cannot submit Menards rebates online.
You must mail them in.
When you receive your rebate in the mail, you can only use it on products in physical stores.
You cannot use the rebates toward items you buy online.
Keep in mind that you can still receive a rebate for a qualifying product you buy online.
You will just have to mail in the rebate as if you had bought the product from the store.
All necessary information will be sent to you in your email receipt.
You can also search for qualifying products online, print rebate receipts online, print a rebate form online, and track the status of your rebate online.
Menards started its rebate program decades ago, and it’s still up and running.
Initially, Menards ran the rebate about once a month.
However, since 2020, Menards has offered its 11% rebate on products every week.
Instead of raising prices like many retailers after the recent pandemic, Menards opted to provide its customers with more frequent savings so that customers feel comfortable shopping.
Generally speaking, you can qualify for a rebate on most full-priced items throughout the store.
However, you may also find some items that are “free after rebate” (FAR).
FAR products require that you spend a minimum of $10 on items that don’t qualify for a rebate.
You can search Menard’s website specifically for items that come with a rebate and then narrow down your search from there if you like to shop online.
Menards has exclusions on certain products, including:
- Gift cards
- Delivery charges
- Service agreements
When you purchase a qualifying product, a secondary receipt will print under your copy of the receipt.
The cashier will also give you a rebate form.
You need to include both the rebate receipt and the rebate form with your rebate submission.
You could print out the rebate form online if you bought a rebated product online or the store no longer had rebate forms available.
The rebate form is universal for all rebate products.
The form only requires you to fill out basic contact information that will facilitate the rebate process, including your name, address, and email.
The address you enter on the form is where the rebate will be mailed.
Include the original rebate receipt with your rebate submission.
You can submit multiple rebates in one envelope.
If you have lost your rebate receipt, you can find it under your online account if you connected your purchase to that account.
You can also ask an associate to help you locate the receipt with the payment method you used.
If you paid in cash, you may be out of luck.
You must submit the rebate by the date specified on the rebate receipt.
With that being said, Menards has been known to bend the expiration date a bit (within reason).
You can still send in a late rebate and hope the store will still accept it.
The longer you wait, the less likely they’ll be able to accept a late rebate.
When you get your rebate in the mail, it comes in the form of a merchandise credit that you can use on almost any product in Menards stores.
It takes roughly six to eight weeks for Menards to process rebates (but they usually get to you sooner).
You cannot get a cash rebate.
You can only use the rebate inside a Menards store.
You cannot use them online.
Merchandise credit does not charge you tax.
You can use your rebate on sale items and more items that also qualify for a rebate.
Rebate credits do not expire.
You can use them whenever you want.
If your rebate isn’t used in over two years, you may need to request a new copy of it. However, the rebate is still valid.
Rebate Vs. Gift Card
Rebates are similar to a Menards gift card, but they come in different formats.
Cards cost money, so Menards sends rebates in cheaper paper form.
Since they offer so many rebates, they need a cost-effective distribution method for the program to make sense.
While less expensive to generate, they don’t have a metallic strip or standard card numbers, expiration date, and security code.
You can use Menards gift cards online, but you can’t use rebates online.
Why Menards Can’t Accept Rebates Online
Some customers feel cheated that they can’t submit their rebate online.
Filling out an online form is far more convenient than mailing a physical letter!
Unfortunately, the internet makes it too easy for hackers to fake rebate receipts.
That’s why they need the original copy of the rebate receipt.
What about purchases, though?
Unfortunately, the Menards eCommerce site can’t support the rebate as a payment method.
It’s simply not as easy as setting up an eCommerce site to accept debit cards and credit cards.
Keep in mind that you can still do many things involving your rebate online, such as buy products that offer a rebate, print a rebate form, print a rebate receipt, and track your rebate receipt.
Menards Weekly Ad
The weekly ads from Menards include both rebate and sale items.
Menards does not announce the products that will go on sale in advance.
However, you can see the deals for yourself by scanning the weekly ad before you head to the store by accessing it online.
Otherwise, you can get a copy of the ad at your nearest Menards store.
The weekly ad comes out on Monday every week and the products qualify for the rebate through Sunday.
The ad is rather extensive with more than 27 pages in a given week’s ad.
Menards will accept a variety of coupons, including manufacturers’ and competitors’ coupons.
Manufacturer coupons come directly from the manufacturer and Menards can charge the manufacturer appropriately.
Menards accepts competitors’ coupons so that they can keep loyal customers instead of losing a sale to the competition.
Only certain competitors qualify.
You can have the original coupon or a printed copy of the coupon as long as it’s scannable and not expired.
Menards clearly describes the coupons they will not accept:
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Menards Rebate Program
As consumers, it’s wise to take advantage of the opportunities right in front of us.
Follow these tips to make the most out of the Menards rebate program.
1. Write Legibly
Make a point to fill out your rebate form legibly.
If the employees at the rebate center can’t read the information properly, you may experience a delay thanks to the rebate inaccurately getting denied or going to the wrong address.
Make your letters distinct and large enough to read.
If you have awful handwriting, you may want to ask someone to fill out the rebate form for you.
2. Stack Rebates
Use rebates to pay for other items that also get a rebate.
For example, if you accumulated $25 in merchandise credit, you could spend it tax-free on a $20 product that also gets a rebate.
Not only does your credit cover the cost of the product, but you’ll add more to your merchandise thanks to the purchase.
3. Plan Wisely
You need to get into the right mindset to get enthused about the rebate program.
Save that energy for when you have a big renovation project coming up.
Even though you can’t plan specific purchases in advance, you can go into your project with a plan to utilize as many rebate products as possible.
4. Practice Good Habits
Teach yourself good habits when it comes to filling out rebates.
Ideally, you will train yourself to fill out and mail the rebate as soon as you get home from the store and put your items away.
Sometimes, this isn’t practical.
Try to at least complete the rebates the day that you go shopping, even if you can’t do it first thing when you get home.
For businesses that make several purchases throughout the week, make a point to send out the rebates every Friday.
Keep all rebate information organized.
5. Price Adjustments
Did you buy an item last week that now qualifies for a rebate?
You didn’t necessarily miss out.
You can submit a price adjustment form for any products that qualify for a rebate if you bought the item within 14 days of the product receiving a rebate.
You must have purchased the item at full price.
The price adjustment form must be sent before you submit the rebate.
If approved, the price adjustment will apply, and you will get a new receipt for the product (including a rebate receipt if applicable).
Why Did My Rebate Get Denied?
You can track your rebate status online quickly and easily with some basic information.
Most of the time, you will see the rebate pending until it finally gets approved in six to eight weeks.
Every now and then, you may have the rebate center deny your request.
Here are some of the reasons your rebate may have been denied.
1. Insufficient Proof
You must include all required materials in order for Menards to approve your rebate.
The two most important things you need to include are the rebate form and the rebate receipt.
You can fill out one rebate form for multiple rebate receipts.
When you include the receipt, it must specifically be the rebate receipt (not the customer receipt).
It also can’t be a copy.
If you want to print a copy for your records, you keep the copy and send in the original.
In some rare cases, you will also need to send in the UPC on the packaging.
However, most rebates don’t require the UPC.
2. Unqualifying Product
Your rebate will be denied if you attempt to submit a rebate for a product that doesn’t qualify for a rebate, such as a discounted item or propane items.
You can’t receive a rebate receipt for unqualifying products, so you would also be missing the rebate receipt.
If you submit a rebate request for a product before you submit a price adjustment, your rebate request will be denied until you get the new receipt (with the rebate receipt).
***You can resubmit your rebate request if you believe you know what the problem is and can remedy it.
You will get a denial reason when your rebate is denied.
You can also reach out to the rebate team for answers to any of your questions.
3. Took Too Long
While your merchandise credit never expires, you do only have a limited amount of time to submit the rebate.
While rather lenient, Menards has the right to deny your rebate if you submitted it past the expiration date.
Menards will not have access to rebates older than two years old.
At this point, you don’t need to bother.
I Lost My Menards Rebate. What Now?
If you lost your merchandise credit, you may think that you are out of luck.
It’s easy to lose or damage the small paper merchandise credit.
You also may have moved and accidentally had the rebate sent to the wrong address.
Luckily, you can submit a written request explaining your situation to the rebate center.
You must submit the request in writing.
There’s no way to request a copy of your rebate online.
When you request a new merchandise credit, be sure to include the old data that you used to submit the rebate as well as any updated information (such as a new address).
The rebate center will investigate your case.
If they find that you have valid merchandise credit on your account, they will print you out a new rebate and send it to you via the mail.
Contractors and homeowners alike can take advantage of the popular rebate program for significant savings at Menards.
The rebate program comes with some stipulations and rules that may take some time for you to learn.
However, once you learn how to best take advantage of the rebates, it will become second nature to you.
If you do have questions, the rebate team can answer them for you.
However, after reading this guide, you should have everything you need to send in your Menards rebates with confidence.
Don’t have any home projects happening at the moment?
Keep the rebate program in the back of your head for when you do have renovations you want to do.