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As long as some of 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.

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) $10

2) $300

3) Mastercard

4) Office Depot

5) Instant Rebate

To follow along, if you buy $300 in Mastercard gift cards this week at Office Depot, you’ll get $10 off instantly.  It’s in this week’s weekly ad under gift card deals

Making the most of the Office Depot free money deal

An instant rebate is the best kind of the 3 different types of these free money deals (followed by Visa gift card, and worst is a store gift card).  Generally, I do think that this deal is probably worth doing, if you can find it

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, and it’s one of the reasons that I think Chase Ultimate Rewards are the best points out there!

I always 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 never know what to do when I show up at the store and Office Depot is (inevitably) out of the $200 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 cards, you’ll spend $403.90, but then receive:

I’d say it’s definitely worth a stop to Office Depot this week!!

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