Sunday, July 22, 2012

Staples almost free scenario - July 22 - 28th

Browsing the Staples ad, I have found a way for you to get 2 reams of paper, a pack of pencils, a pack of pens, a pack of photo paper and a few other small items for the low cost of .27 AFTER TAX*!

How?  Well, first you will want to go here to print the $5 off $30 purchase.
Now for your shopping list, if you choose to accept this challenge

1 pack  Zebra #2 0.7 mm mechanical pencils 10 pack $4
1 pack Pentel RSVP ballpoint pens fine black 5 pack $4
2 packs Staples 8.5 x 11 multipurpose paper, 500 sheets $6.99 each
1 pack HP everyday 8.5 x 11 photo paper, 50 sheets $9.99
2 packs Staples pink cap erasers, 12 count .01 each (with $5 additional purchase)
2 packs Stapls ruled 3 x 5 white index cards  .01 each (with $5 additional purchase)
-$5/30 printable
=$27.01 + tax(I am going to use 8.25% since that is TX standard)
=$29.24 paid at the register

Now, when you get home and back to your computer, go to StaplesEasyRebates
You will fill out the form for
1 pack Zebra pencils $4 
1 pack Pentel pens $4
2 packs Staples paper $5.99 each
1 pack HP photo paper $8.99
=$28.97 back

So $29.24 cost - $28.97 back = $0.27 oop for all the items listed above!
NOTE: There WAS a $2 Zebra writing instrument printable coupon available earlier in the week, so if you got that, you can still use on the scenario above and your total would be $30.01 so still can use the $5 off $30 :D  Then you would have a money maker (I didn't print that coupon :( )

*You are actually also going to get back an additional $1.18 in your Staples Reward account so a small MM but I didn't want to confuse the issue.lose

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pcothran said...

I took your list with me to Staples last night. I purchased everything on the list, plus a couple other small items. When I got to the register, the gal talked me into buying one of their "Savings Pass" cards, which costs $10 but will earn me 15% on all purchases.

Tonight I submitted my rebates online and was found out I did not earn the full $8.99 on the photo paper (instead I earned $7.49---they deducted the 15% from the savings pass). And the two packs of multi-purpose paper earned me only $9.88 instead of $11.98.

I did the chat-thing with Staples Rebate center and found out that they deduct what I earned from the Savings Pass. I earned the full $4 each from the pens and pencils, even though the Savings Pass earned me 15% from those purchases also.

Needless to say, I was NOT happy. But when I read the fine print on the rebate redemption form, it does state that the rebate value may differ based on Savings Pass discount. It says that on the form for the paper, but not on the pens & paper.

So the savings pass isn't very beneficial to me because I don't shop at Staples that often. I then called the store and asked them if I could turn in my card and get reimbursement and was told that wasn't possible. But the store manager was very nice and told me she would mail me a $10 gift card instead.

Stephanie Jensen said...

I hope you get the $10 gift card, that does sound like a not so great deal. They tried to upsell me one of those a few weeks ago but I declined because I don't shop there much either, just for the freebies :D

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