I was perusing my August issue of All You Magazine yesterday and came across a great article (p. 27) about saving money on school supplies.
Most of the tips I’m already putting into practice – and telling you about as well. But there was one tidbit that was news to me… and very welcome news indeed.
Staples, Office Depot and Office Max all have price-match policies, meaning if you see and advertised price on a certain item, any of the three businesses will honor that figure (including instant rebates.) So pore over your circulars, then save gas money by heading to the nearest retailer.
Note that instant rebates are not the same as mail-in rebates. So if printer paper is $5 with a $4 mail-in-rebate, you will only be able to match the $5. In other words, don’t do mail-in-rebate match-ups because you’ll lose out on a big portion of the savings.
Also note that you need to bring copies of the circulars in with you, so make sure you have a subscription to the Sunday paper.
As with most things deal-related, your mileage may vary at your individual store. Please confirm this policy before you spend an hour getting every single item in the competitor’s circular!
For more on price matching, check out this post on How to Price Match at Walmart.