Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Got Paid $2.00 to Buy This Stuff and Said "No More Free Stuff Now, Please!"


Yes, indeed. They paid me $2.00 to walk out of the store with this stuff and I turned down more bug traps, more rug grippers, some party tumblers, some locking storage jars and I couldn't find the free Spic and Span so I didn't get any of that.

Here's how: whenever I am going up to one of our mini-storages for business anyway, I do a check online at I look through all their flyers. (They often have more than one.) I make a list of all the things I want to get. From this pile:

1. The flags were free.
2. The rug grippers were free (and I was allowed a lot more but how many rug grippers can you use?)
3. The bug traps were free. Again, I could have gotten a lot more.
4. The tank tops were .99 for each package after rebate.
5. The oven mitt/towel sets they pay you $1.00 for each of them you buy.

Seriously, I turn down free stuff all the time because I don't have room, space or need for it. However, I am always on the look-out for the items I might use.

Here's how it's done. For your first trip, you need to be able to spend the amount of money you are going to pay for the items at full price before rebate. You will need to wait maybe 6 weeks to get it back. It comes back in the form of a rebate postcard. You can redeem this card at the store for more merchandise. You can even redeem it for more free stuff if you want.

Some people might feel guilty about getting so much free stuff but I don't. Here's why. Whenever we need some serious home improvement stuff or stuff for the mini-storages, guess where we buy it? Menards is, in essence, purchasing our business with these freebies. That is the gamble they take. And they are smart business people who know what they are doing. They are taking a calculated risk when they offer free items to customers. So when I get free stuff, I simply enjoy it. :)

Here are some ideas for free stuff:
1. Personal use.
2. Donate them to charity.
3. Learn how to sell online with them.
4. Sell them at a garage sale.
5. Gifts for friends and relatives.

There are other stores that do these types of freebie offers. I am always on the look-out for them. Even if you don't have a Menards in your area, there will always be free offers of some type where you are. Happy hunting.


  1. I don't think we have a Menard's in our area. But getting paid to take free stuff - what a deal! We do have a local store that sells slightly damaged merchandise, and I get a lot of frozen meat and dairy products there that are not expired, but the plastic container may be a bit damaged, and is about 70% off the original price.