If you have a small business – or even simply a home office — chances are good that you find yourself in Staples from time to time.
In fact, Staples is America’s favorite seller of office products and the No. 55 retailer overall in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation.
The cost of all that paper, printer ink and office furniture can really add up. But with a little knowledge, you can trim the bill, sometimes by a substantial amount.
Following are eight great ways to cut the cost of your next Staples shopping spree.
Sign up for Staples Rewards
Staples Rewards is a program that offers several perks. For starters, you get up to 5 percent back in rewards on in-store purchases. You also enjoy free next-day delivery on items that cost more than $49.99. Finally, you earn $2 back in rewards for each ink cartridge you recycle, up to 20 per month.
Take advantage of price matching
Staples has a great price-match policy. Simply find a lower price on a new, identical item, bring in proof, and Staples will match the price and discount the item by 10 percent of the price difference. According to Staples:
We will price match items sold by retailers operating both retail stores and online under the same brand, or sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com.
Use the Easy Rebates system
We all have nightmarish stories of the rebate that got away. Perhaps we lost key paperwork, or simply forgot to file before the rebate deadline.
Staples’ Easy Rebates system makes collecting a rebate remarkably simple. As the retailer explains:
With Staples Easy Rebates, you can submit all your rebate information online — no clipping, no mailing, no hassles. Almost every product that has a rebate offer will be available for online submission at www.stapleseasyrebates.com.
If you purchase an item in-store, you’ll find an Easy Rebate ID at the bottom of your receipt. Just use this number to submit your rebate. For online orders, you’ll find your code in the email order confirmation and in the item’s packing slip.
Sign up for email offers
Provide your email address to Staples, and you’ll receive special offers, coupons and catalogs delivered directly to your inbox. This involves practically no work on your part. Just sit back, relax and let the savings come to you!
Check out the Daily Deals
The Staples Daily Deals webpage can be a great place to find big bargains. For example, we recently found office chairs at a 60 percent discount, and a Dell computer monitor offered at a 43 percent price reduction.
Stop by the Outlet Deals
The Outlet Deals section of the website is another place to find major price breaks. These deals are broken out into two webpages:
- Clearance Deals. Recently, we spotted a Wi-Fi router that was slashed by 58 percent, and a mobile file cabinet at 50 percent off.
- Refurbished Center. Here, you’ll find used items that have been repaired and spiffed up to look and perform like new. For example, we recently saw desktop computers for as low as $109.
Shop through a cash back site
When you shop through a cash-back site, you will earn money back on your purchase. For example, Ebates recently offered 2 percent cash back on Staples purchases, while TopCashback offered 3 percent back.
For more on using cash-back sites, check out “4 Websites That Pay You to Go Shopping.”
Purchase discounted gift cards
Some websites offer discounts on the face value of Staples gift cards. Use these gift cards, and you’ll save on every purchase you make at the retailer.
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