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As long as the office supply stores keep giving away free money, I will share the news here! And until someone gives me a better one, I will continue to use the Mad Lib construct to announce them.  I first learned on Frequent Miler that we have another deal going on this week!

Solve the Mad Lib

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

This time, the Mad Lib answers are:

1) $20

2) $300

3) Visa

4) Office Max / Office Depot

5) instant rebate

In case you didn’t follow along, if you buy $300 in Visa gift cards this week at Office Max or Office Depot, you’ll get $20 off your order. Here’s the weekly ad (it’s on page 8).

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Maximizing the Office Depot / Office Max free money deal

This is the best kind of these deals since the money comes off as an instant rebate, so in theory, you can scale it infinitely.  In practice, the stores quickly run out of $200 gift cards (if they ever have them).  I’m just glad that (finally!) these deals are at both Office Depot AND Office Max, since the 2 stores that are closest to me are both Office Depots, and the Office Maxes in Cincinnati are further away.

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.

I never know what to do when I show up at the store and they are (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

There’s a limit of 2 per customer, and my experience has been if you buy 3 $200 Visa cards (if you can FIND them!), you’ll spend $580.85 (after 2 $20 instant rebates), but then receive:

Definitely worth a stop to Office Depot / Office Max this week!!

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