Friday, March 30, 2012

Staples/Office Max

I had $16.00 Staples Rewards from last quarter about to expire, so I had to get on the stick and find something to spend them on.

Wish I had paid attention earlier in the week and had been able to get the paper; or that they wouldn't do Sun - Wed sales only. I'm barely even conscious before Wednesday :(

At any rate, I found a Free After Easy Rebates deal on an Anti-virus:
$39.99 - $4.99 easy savings = $35.00/ Get $35.00 Easy Rebate = Free

I was below the $45.00 threshold for free home delivery, but I chose Store delivery and it was free, too.

With that, I have turned all my Rewards from last quarter back into cash to be able to spend again.

Last quarter (around November) I bought Duracell batteries, a USB flash drive, and Earphones for 100% Rewards back.
Then in February I bought a Titanium Internet Security for Free after Easy Rebate. I received a Pre-paid Visa card for that.

This week at Staples they have Free after Rewards copy paper and Duracell batteries again:

HammerMill 8.5″ x 11″ CopyPlus Copy Paper $5.99 (Limit 2, in-store only)
Spend $5.99, get 100% back in Staples Rewards
Final price: Free after Staples Rewards

Duracell CopperTop AA or AAA Batteries (16 pk.) $12.99 (Limit 2, in-store only)
Spend $12.99, get 100% back in Staples Rewards
Final price: Free after Staples Rewards

The plan is to buy (2) of each for a total of $37.96 + tax, using the Pre-paid Visa.
At the end of this quarter, I'll get back $37.96 in Rewards, which (hopefully) I'll be able to turn over into an Easy Rebate again, making my paper and batteries free (or, cost only tax).

I have $105.50 Office Max rewards, from $95.50 I spent on Free After Rewards items around Christmas, plus $10.00 I earned for "spending" over $75.00.

I had determined that my printer ink was a better deal at Office Max, so even though Rewards spent don't count towards the $75 threshold for earning the $10 Rewards, I was okay with that. I have to buy ink anyway, but with this deal I got cheap/free batteries plus a free $10 in Rewards.

This week, they have a deal where you get a free $10.00 Office Max Gift Card with the purchase of $60.00 or more of Ink (excluding HP, Epson, Office Max brand and Refills).
I couldn't find much details, "fine print" about the deal, so at this point I don't know if I'll get the free gift card since I used to Rewards to pay, but if it works out, then I managed to earn myself a free $10 anyway.

*Notice, As of April 1st, Office Max's Ink Recycling benefits are changing to match Staples, in that they only give $2.00 Rewards each, and limit to 10 per month.

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