When all is said and done, it’s amazing how many pieces of paper your wedding will consume! Here’s a list:
- Save the Date Notes
- Seating Placeholders
- Return labels
- Ceremony Programs
- Thank You Cards
- Photo Prints
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get even one of those at a discount?
Staples Premier = 10% Back in Rewards!
If you reach Staples Plus status, you’ll get a $25 in-store copy and print voucher. Once you make it to Staples Premier status, you’ll get an additional $50.
Certainly, $1,000 is a long way to go to get $75 for free! Keep in mind you’ll get $10 on your way to Plus (2% back on $500) and another $15 on your way to Premier (3% back on the next $500.) Ultimately, on $1,000, that would be $75 + 10 + 15 = $100, or a full 10% back.
How the heck do I spend $1,000 at Staples?
Run Errands for Other Organizations
Your expenses will add up quickly if you’re a small business owner, teacher, etc. The goal is to spend as little as possible out of pocket to maximize your rewards. Here’s an idea – maybe you are involved with a non profit or other volunteer organization that needs supplies. Think about church leaflets, fundraising flyers, and so on. They may let you take care of the purchase and refund you later; if you use your reward number, those expenses will count toward your total.
Purchase Other Stationary at Staples
There are so many great places to purchase wedding stationary, you’ll have to really do some price shopping to make sure this is the best deal. If it is, let’s assume you purchase 100 invitations for $2 each – you’ve already spent 20% ($200 of $1,000) of your total. Don’t forget the envelopes! Be sure to follow the steps below to maximize your savings.
Maximize Rebate Offers
Keep an eye on Staples Easy Rebates! They are easy! It seems like every week includes a free paper offer. Find this week’s offers here. If you can get one free $5 ream of paper each week (usually the offer say “limit 4”) that’s going to be $250 ($5 * 50) in one year. There are often great resale opportunities when Staples offers 20% back in Rewards or 15% off, for example. They even price match 110%. Look for Keurig machines, routers, and other low weight, high price items. I’ve spent $1,000 in a day at Staples just on resale purchases! My Amazon store was happy.
Maximize Your Savings at Staples With These Steps
1. Extend your $75 with Coupons
It’s common to find 15 and 20% off coupons. Use these with your Copy & Print vouchers – just have them type in the code at the bottom.
2a. Use Chase Ink for an Additional 5%
This business card offers a 5% bonus on office supply stores. Don’t have one? Consider using my referral link; you’ll get 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first three months, which is redeemable for at least $600. $1,000 at Staples will earn you 5,000 points, worth at least $50.
2b. Pay with Discover Deals Gift Cards to Save Up to 30%
Redeem your Discover Cashback for $25 gift cards with a limit of 5 per order.
For every $100, you can get $20 off! That’s 20%! Now, your $1,000 in purchases only cost $800.
You’ll still get $100 back in rewards – $100 back on $800 is 12.5%.
When you consider your $200 savings ($20 * 10) plus $100 in rewards, this is like paying $700 for $1,000 worth of Staples merchandise, or a 30% discount without using any coupons!
3. Don’t forget the portals!
While you’re on your way to $1,000, ensure you make your purchases through a portal!
I was unable to apply my $50 to an online order for in store pickup, so plan on spending time at the store finalizing your design. My $50 (plus $4 out of pocket for taxes) was enough for a 24×36″ photo print, a wonderful custom return address stamp (if you aren’t having your envelopes printed, this will save you a lot of work!) and 500 business cards – which I can’t wait to pick up! You can have quite the variety of products printed at your store – stop in and chat with them or call to ask.
How will you spend your Staples Copy & Print Reward?
Which stationary item are you most excited to get for free with your reward?