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Free money… that was easy!

It’s….. BACK! I first read about this on Frequent Miler – it’s More free money at Staples this week. As always, I prefer to announce this as a Mad Lib, because these deals are pretty much all the same, with a few minor changes.

Solve the Mad Lib

Save _____ (amount) when you buy _______ (purchase amount) in _______ (type) Gift Cards at _______. Refund will be given in ___________

This time, the Mad Lib answers are:

1) $20

2) $250

3) VISA

4) Staples

5) Visa gift card

In case you didn’t follow along, if you buy $250 in Visa gift cards this week at Staples, you’ll get a $20 Visa gift card, by Easy Rebate (limit 1 per household). Here’s the weekly ad (it’s on page 14).

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How to maximize the Staples free money deal

Because you get your gift card by mail via Easy Rebate, it’s not a super attractive deal, as there is no way to scale it. On the positive side though, maybe that will mean that the $200 cards actually stay in the store more than a few hours 🙂

Definitely I would recommend using a Chase Ink or other card that gives 5x points on office supply stores. I love the Chase Inks for exactly this reason, not to mention the fact that you can get 2 free airport lounge visits – read our report of the Club at ATL that we got into for free!

I would also recommend 2 $200 cards (if they have them) – the activation fee is $1 more than the $100 cards, but IMO that is worth the 500 extra points you’d get.

I am always torn when I show up at the store and Staples is (inevitably) out of the $200 Visa gift cards.  Do I just buy the $100 cards, even though the deal isn’t as lucrative, or do I try stopping back later at another store.  I even wrote a poll about this (how much your time is worth) awhile back, and the consensus seemed to be to just buy the $100 cards in the store that you’re in, and not go back.

Doing the math

If you find and buy 2 $200 Visa card,s you’ll spend $413.90, but then receive:

Definitely worth a stop to Staples this week!!

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