Fifty bucks a kid, no paperwork, no receipts, one quick phone call$$$$
BTW, I asked Darshani for permission before posting this, and she OK'd it. She suggested Mindful Home Management but said another moderator may move it to another location.
USAA members only. http://www.usaa.com
has details on eligibility for membership, etc. Basically, if you or a spouse or a parent or former spouse have been in the military, you may have a chance of joining.
For members who have car insurance through USAA, USAA will give rebates of fifty dollars per child for car seats. The great thing is, you could have purchased the car seat several years ago and lost the receipt. No paperwork is required. Just call, give your kids' birthdates, and they will send you a check.
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT
Only one rebate per child, but members who are grandparents may also claim the rebate. For example, I have two children, ages 1 and 3. I threw away their carseat receipts soon after purchase. I was too disorganized to file for the rebate. But all I had to do was call USAA and tell my children's names and ages and they are sending a check for one hundred dollars ($50 X 2 kids). My father is also a USAA member, but if he had purchased car seats, he would not have been able to claim the rebate because it is only one rebate per child and I had already claimed the rebate for both of my children. If he beat me to it, or if I did not have car insurance through USAA, my father could have called and asked for the rebate.
This has now worked for several other families, and all report slightly different experiences. They didn't ask me anything other my kids' birthdates and names. They asked my sister some questions about her plans to save for the kids' college, and she told them she didn't have time to talk and could they mail something instead and they just said "sure, your check will arrive in seven to ten business days." One other mama reported that they asked for her kids' SSN, but she said she didn't have them so they just said Ok.
I hope this works for some of you.
ETA: Happygrl6 on these boards reports that she obtained the rebate even though she does not have USAA car insurance. She is a member and had accounts with USAA. So you may want to check that angle, too.