Getting a rebate on the things you buy lowers your total cost and gives you some extra spending cash. Many companies use rebate checks as incentives, and the presence of a rebate can encourage consumers to choose one product over a competitor who does not offer a rebate. But when that rebate check arrives, you need to cash it promptly. Most rebate checks have an expiration date, and if you do not get to the bank before the check expires, you could be out of luck.
Look at the front of the check for an expiration date. A rebate check will typically include a note declaring the check invalid after 30 days, 60 days or 90 days. Make sure you are still within that time window before attempting to cash the check.
Take the check to the bank where you have an account. Most banks will not cash checks for non-customers.
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Sign the back of the check. Sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the rebate check, i.e. John A. Smith and not John Smith.
Hand the check to the teller. Present identification when asked and take your cash.