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Staples deals 10/7: FREE items after rewards!

Posted October 7, 2012


Staples has a number of items that are FREE after Rewards this week including batteries, pens, calendar, paper and more!  For more details, see the ad this week or go to at the link in the box above.  Once you get to the website, click on Weekly Ad and you will see the deals inside the ad.

Staples multi-purpose paper, 500 sheets, $6.99 - 100% back in Staples rewards = FREE after rewards, limit 2

Staples desk pad calendar, $5 - 100% back in Staples Rewards = FREE after rewards, limit 2

Duracell AA or AAA batteries, $10.99 - 100% back in Staples Rewards = FREE after rewards

Staedtler Maxum ballpoint pens, 8 pack, $5.99 - $5.99 Easy Rebate = FREE after rebate, limit 1

Command clear hooks, 2 pack, $4.29 - $1.50 instant savings and $2.99 Easy Rebate = FREE after rebate, limit 1

For more information on how these rewards work, click on the Thursday Thoughts: Staples article in the box above.


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  • vlynn Oct 8, 2012

    This felt like a brain teaser! In the example above the first three items give you staples rewards: paper, deskpad, and batteries. If you use your existing staples rewards to purchase these items, you will not get back the whole amount of the reward. HOWEVER, the last two items are easy rebate items: pens, hooks. So, if you use existing staples rewards to purchase these items, you will get back the whole amount as an easy rebate. The bottom line is to always split up your transations, keeping items that give back staples rewards separate from other purchases AND don't try to use staples rewards to pay for purchases that give you staples rewards! Even after reading the Thursday Thoughts article several times, it is still really easy to get tripped up with these rebates if you aren't careful!

  • Oxymoron02 Oct 8, 2012

    janine, rewards are issued UPTO what you paid for the item, so if you use rewards on an item that gives rewards you get back less in rewards. If you do a second transaction and use any rewards you have on Easy Rebate items, you will still get back the full rebate amount. More than you ever cared to know about Staples Easy Rebates is in the link above "Staples Rewards 101." HTH.

  • janineperry Oct 8, 2012

    stephlw - can you explain what you mean?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 7, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder, steph! Definitely good advice! :-)

  • stephlw Oct 7, 2012

    Just a reminder to do two transactions if you are using staples rewards to purchase the rebate items :) Never use the rewards to purchase rewards items!