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(NOTE: I originally posted this as through September 29th – that was a mistake as I can’t keep my months straight….  It is through AUGUST 29th)

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.  This deal has been going on for a week or so, but by now, maybe Office Max will have restocked the $200 cards from all the people that rushed out and bought on Sunday!

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) $15

2) $300

3) Visa

4) Office Max

5) an instant rebate

To follow along, if you buy $300 in Visa gift cards this week at Office Max, you’ll get $15 instantly taken off your order.


Making the most of the Office Max free money deal

An instant discount is the best type of this deal, because it’s scalable as long as they’ve got the Visa cards in stock (which is hard).  There is a limit of 2, so you should be able to buy $600 in cards and get $30 off.

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 deals 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 Max 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 3 $200 Visa cards, you’ll spend $602.85, but then receive:

Definitely worth a stop to Office Max this week!!

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