Tip of the Cap
A hat tip to reader Ma Barker for pointing out a deal yesterday that I missed: more free points at Office Max/Depot with another negative cost Visa gift card promotion.
The promotion is pretty standard: get $15 off (instantly at checkout) $300 (or more) worth of Visa Everywhere branded (debit) gift cards purchased. The two key items in the promotion are the instant rebate at checkout, and the $15 off, which not only eliminates the purchase fees on 2 x $200 Visa cards purchases ($4.95 x 2 = $9.90), but leaves some profit ($5.10 per deal not counting liquidation fees). These are Metabank issued Visa’s and the promotion is listed for 5/6 – 15/12.
Don’t forget to use the right card: hopefully you have a rewards card that earns 5x for office supply purchases such as the Chase Ink Plus, Ink Cash, or Amex Simply Cash Business cards.
It’s a great week for those who have access to Staples/Office Max/Depot in their area. Free points + cash is fairly rare in the points and miles hobby, so it’s a great chance to earn rewards, even if you don’t have a credit card earning 5x.
Doctorofcredit has a detailed post about the promotion too. I’ve already maxed out my 5x at office supply stores for this year so the Staples and Office Max/Depot deals don’t have a ton of appeal for me this week. I did stop into 2 local Staples stores yesterday to look at their $200 card stock and what limits might be imposed. The card stock was good and there were no limits mentioned at checkout. Not sure about this Office Max/Depot deal, but purchase limits are generally enforced differently by each store (and employee). Thanks for reading and happy office supply week!