Up to $150 worth of Staples Merchandise for $7, Ends Tomorrow

Here’s an example of pulling a whole lot of promotions together. Maybe you don’t need another 10,000 sheets of paper, but maybe you have a new credit card that has a spend limit, you’ll donate the supplies, or you don’t mind $40 worth of deeply discounted snacks, water, coffee, cleaning supplies…for the DIY couple, this isn’t a bad deal!

Minimum Deal: 10,000 Sheets of Paper for $15-18 (plus tax) plus miles of your choosing

Two more cases of paper (did you get in on last week’s deal?). Item number 122374, rebate code 15-33002 (Staples.com purchase).

Start at the portal of your choice. Looks like a deal opportunity from Southwest Rapid Rewards at the moment!


Be sure to sign in to your Staples Easy Rewards account for ~$2 (2%) back (depending on what you spend at Staples in a month, you may not get a reward; I believe you have to get $5 at a minimum). I’m a premier member, so I get 5% back.

Good Deal: 10,000 Sheets of Paper for $10-13 (plus tax) plus miles of your choosing

Check your email! Did you get a $5 off $25 code? The email, sent today, is actually titled, “A delicious deal on coffee.” The bottom icon is a code for $5 off $25 in store or online.

Better Deal: 10,000 Sheets of Paper for FREE (plus tax) plus miles of your choosing

You’ve got to be a Chase Sapphire card holder (and you should be!). This promo gets you a $15 statement credit at any of the listed stores when you use Visa Checkout. Here’s the terms and conditions. If you’re not a current card holder, you won’t be able to participate in this promotion because it ends tomorrow…but leave a comment and I’ll be on the lookout for great sign up bonuses.

Alternative Deal: 10,000 Sheets of Paper plus miles of your choosing and $42 worth of whatever for $7

I must admit I have not made my final selection of “whatever,” but I’ve added the codes to my cart and there don’t seem to be any issues. Will update if there’s a problem!

You’ve got to be a Chase Ink (business) card holder (and you should be!). This promo gets you a $30 discount when you spend $150 at Staples via Visa Checkout. Time for some math…

The paper came out to $108. A $30 discount on $150 would put me at $120. So, if add an additional $42 in merchandise, it will only cost me $12. ($150-$30-$108 = $12) Since Staples carries ‘staples’ such as food, coffee, water, and cleaning supplies, I’ll stock up. Plus, the Ink card offers 5 miles/dollar at office stores, which means I’ll get about $5 back on this purchase anyway. Here’s the final tally:

$108 paper

$42 cleaning/snacks

-$88 rebate credit

-$5 Ink rewards

-$5 Staples Easy Rewards

-$30 Credit

-$5 off $25 Coupon


$7 total plus around 400 Southwest Rapid Rewards miles, valued at ~$4.

If I were to calculate the discount of $7/$150, that would be just about 95% off…if we cut everything else out and say $7/$42, that’s around 85% off. Not shabby, either way.


I’ll probably pull the trigger on this one and make the $150 purchase! Since I regularly sell merchandise as an Amazon Seller, I can easily profit around $20 per case of paper, so I ultimately come out ahead. But, that’s a story for another day and just my personal opinion!

I will be shopping around the other Visa Checkout options tonight to see how to best maximize that $15 off. If I can find an item for $15 with free shipping (Fandango, perhaps?), it would be another free gift!

Questions? Comments?

Please let me know if this is confusing in any way. It is a complicated example of making a lot of promotions work together, which you will become proficient with as you shop and save on a long list of purchases!

Get $25 Back on Gifts for Yourself

I’m sure you have a long list of people to shop for to thank them for their support throughout your wedding planning and big day. Or…maybe you just want to add some fall colors to your kitchen with new dish towels…or shop your own registry…your choice!

(This post will make a lot more sense if you are familiar with portals and loyalty programs. Not so sure? Read this. )

Sears has a portal of their own wrapped in to their rewards program. Shop Your Way is the Sears/Kmart loyalty program through which you can earn and redeem store credits (“points”). They also offer great coupons, like $5 off $50 (10% discount!) – and I never worry about accumulating “too many” Shop Your Way points because many Kmart stores offer a small grocery department.

Here’s the deal: visit shopyourway.com/newbrands to find a neat offer for $25 back (in Shop Your Way points) on a $25 purchase at dwell, Sur la Table, or Dot & Bo. The fine print at the bottom indicates Cost Plus World Market is also participating for 9/27-10/3, but I didn’t see those products readily available. Just save screen shots if you decide to shop there or at DeWalt, which is also not listed in the fine print.

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Please note that shopyourway is the portal for this purchase, so you can’t try and click through anywhere else. However, you may use whatever payment form you like…so if you’ve got a discounted gift card to pay with, go for it! Follow the steps below:

  1. Start at shopyourway.com/newbrands.
  2. Scroll down and click on any of the links (best under $30, best under $100, etc) and it will direct you to a list of products.
  3. (Optionally filter by the store you want to buy from.)
  4. Click any product to be directed to more information about that item.
  5. Click “Buy From Seller” to be redirected to the shop’s online store.
  6. Shop and check out as usual – you don’t have to buy the original product you used to get over to the store.

Make sure to shop this week, because a new deal is slated to come up weekly into October with the potential to get a handful of free gifts of your choosing!

Post any questions you have…in the mean time, I’ll be buying something cute, frivolous, and just about free!


PS I had trouble getting through to Sur la Table via Chrome and IE…will try again tomorrow (9/28) and update.

Free Photo Gifts for Bridal Party and Family

While a heart-felt thank you note is an absolute must…isn’t it that much better accompanied with a gift?

The days of hand made photo albums are long gone, replaced by snazzy and customized photo books. Thing is, you’re looking at a $30 book for 20 color pages. If you have a big family or wedding party, a small ‘thank you’ quickly becomes costly. Enter Shutterfly.

Every time I find a Shutterfly promo code, I order another book and pay the $8-10 shipping/tax to a family or friend that I’m sure would get a kick out of it.

New code? Rinse and repeat.

Some times, the sales are 50% off plus free shipping, and it makes more sense to buy ’em all at once, but why pay $38-40 when you can pay $8-10?

Check your email (or subscribe if you’re on the hunt) for promotions from Jo-Ann’s Fabric, Hawaiian Airlines, and more. RetailMeNot and SlickDeals are also great resources.

I’ll share regular sale code as I find them, but the repository seems to live here.

Free Photo Book Codes

My favorites are the book codes, and I’ll post them all.

Expiring 10/27/2015, for new members only:

  • Head over to shutterfly.com/hawaiianmiles,  enter your member number and code HW2U-36T0-FS63-7TFXUS…I don’t think it’s single use, but please comment if you’re unable to use this one. You’ll even get a 500 mile bonus!

Want 101 free prints?

New to Shutterfly? Please join via my link – you’ll get 101 free prints and I’ll get a $10 voucher. Thanks!

Get $14 or $19 and 5,000 Sheets of Free Paper. Why not? Ends Saturday, 9/26!

UPDATE: Please have your cashier enter coupon code 866957 or print the $9.99 coupon here.

Maybe you have some DIY projects coming up (invitations, programs, name cards), you teach and are always in need of supplies, own a small business or work for a non-profit…ten reams of paper will go a long way, and the $14 should give you a little grin (and a nice peak into the world of profitable shopping). If you recently opened a new credit card to get free honeymoon travel and need to meet a spend limit, this can contribute to your goal (research term: manufactured spend).

Swing through Staples as soon as possible, because this deal ends tomorrow!

The Hammermill 10 Ream Case is usually $53.99, but there is a nice $44 Staples Easy Rebate available through 9/26. Show the cashier that this item (number 122374) is $29.99 online, and they’ll “100% Price Guarantee” it for you. Please have your cashier enter coupon code 866957 or print the $9.99 coupon here. (This, apparently, activates the rebate…although the Chat representative was able to honor it for me because the terms and conditions make no mention of this requirement. Let me know if you have trouble.)

Get a $44 Visa (R) Prepaid Card on a Hammermill 8.5 x 11 Inch Copy Plus Copy Paper 10 Ream Case (SKU 122374) at Staples Stores ONLY

Staples Easy Rebates are SO easy to use. Don’t be afraid that it won’t come through; you can register online and keep the paper until your rebate card shows up if you need to.

Lastly, check your email for a bonus $5 off $25 coupon.

What about taxes?

Here in CA, this “deal” costs me $3 in taxes, so it’s a good thing that rebate was so valuable. I rarely buy things that cost me in taxes, so I offer this as an “fyi” to tack on with the 10 ream case, but wouldn’t usually do it due to the taxes.

There’s a nice coupon here for a “1cent after rebate” ream, which you can simultaneously submit online, so I did that, too.

What if they’re sold out?

If you ask nicely…they may be willing to give you ten individual reams under the 122374 code. Check Staples.com to see if your store has stock. The rebate is only available on an in-store purchase, so proceed with caution if you do a hold for pickup order!

Free Stuff: Get Paid for your OWN Wedding Planning

Turns out you can actually make money wasting time on the internet with mindless activities. Or, if you’re in the midst of a web-hunt for the perfect napkin rings to match coral fabric on a plantation lana’i (me!) you can actually earn something for this.


In the course of a year, that napkin ring research (and all the other mindless idling) will earn enough to pay for the napkin rings themselves!

You Have to Ditch Google

I know it seems impossible, but you’ll be ok. You can still call it “googling,” even though Google is no longer your search engine.

Bing, that “other” search engine by Windows, has a program called Bing Rewards. You can earn dozens of credits each day, which accumulate toward real, live, gift cards. (I went to grab a photo of all the great prizes and splurged on an instant win game…which I didn’t win…but how much fun is buying “scratch tickets” with credits that were free? Addictive!)

Here’s The Free Stuff You Can Get

In case you need a list of great ways to redeem those credits you got for doin’ nothing (or working hard, either way):

  • Sweepstakes and instant win rewards
  • Charitable donations
    • karmakarma
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    • kids in need foundation
    • Teach for America
  • Points/miles for any of the following:
    • Hawaiian Airlines
    • United
    • US Airways
    • IHG
    • JetBlue
    • Virgin America
    • FuelCircle (what is this? I’ll find out!)
  • Gift cards for any of the following:
    • Amazon
    • Applebee’s
    • Bing gear
    • Burger King
    • Chipotle
    • Domino’s
    • Fandango
    • GameStop
    • Groupon
    • Hulu Plus subscriptions
    • IHOP
    • Macy’s
    • ProFlowers
    • Rixty.com
    • Sephora
    • Shari’s Berries
    • Skype
    • Starbuck’s
    • swagbucks
    • xbox, xbox live, and xbox music
    • Tango
    • Toys R Us
    • Viggle
    • Windows Store
  • Credits for fun merchandise
    • Photos printed on glass (ClickPhotos.com)
    • Shutterfly prints and photo books
  • Discounts
    • Microsoft Store

Here’s How it Works

Quite simply, rather than searching Google, do your research on Bing. I will admit that Google’s shopping tool is irreplaceable, but you’ll figure out what works for you. I do 90% of my searching on Bing and must admit…I love the photos (and sometimes videos!) they use every day. All you need to do is open a Windows account, which will get you a snazzy @hotmail.com inbox, and it works much like that Google account you’re so fond of. If you’d be so kind as to use my link, I’ll even get 100 credits (~$1) when you make it to silver status (if done within 60 days). Be sure to share your own link with your other half, wedding party, etc, and you’ll be cashing out in no time. Don’t want to use my link? Join through e-miles.com to earn credits toward rewards such as airlines miles…welcome to the world of getting paid to get paid to get paid!

But how do I get to Silver Status?

Maybe the better question is, “why do I want to get to silver status?”

You get a 50 credit bonus when you get to silver status, and the only tricky part is remembering to ‘redeem credits for your first reward.’ I know when I saw that, I thought, “why would I want to spend my credits on *insert junk reward that was all I could afford with my current stash of credits*?” Simple! There are rewards that only cost 10 credits, so by spending 10…you earn 50…no brainer!

Here’s the chart, and, as you’ll see, I’m at a gold status – which gives me a nice discount on rewards. Click “Status” to navigate to this page, and then any of the “do this” or “get this” lines of text for direction on completing the activity.

Bing Status

How do I get credits?


The quickest way to earn credits is through referrals, which is why I suggest recruiting your wedding party, friends and family. You can get something like 850 credits, so if you’d like me to feature your link here, go ahead and send it over to me! Can’t find the link to your personal code? Here ya go! (https://www.bing.com/rewards/share, in case the hyperlink failed you.)


That’s obvious. You knew that. 20 per day, 150/mo to maintain gold.

Not sure what to search for? Since searching for colors (type ‘red,’ hit enter…’blue,’ hit enter…) gets boring, I like to use this as an excuse to cheat on crossword puzzles 🙂 Do what you gotta do – it’s free money!

Lastly…don’t forget to change your phone’s default and sign in to your Microsoft account so you’ll even get credit for mobile searches.


Bing has the best kind of trivia ever: they ask you a question right from their website (Bing.com)…and you actually search for the answer. For those of us that rarely contribute anything meaningful to their trivia team…this is great!

What do you think?

Is this an easy way to get something more for doing what you already do? Leave a comment or ask a question below!