We’re squarely in the middle of back-to-school deals, so I wanted to review another great way to save on your purchases – with reward programs at Office Max, Office Depot and Staples.
All three stores have different reward programs, which pay you money back for purchasing special sale items. Below is a rundown on how each of these individual programs work, along with a link to sign up.
Office Max - Max Perks Rewards
Many weeks, Office Max puts special items on sale with MaxPerks rewards. For example, mechanical pencils might be $1.50 with $1.50 in Max Perks rewards.
You would spend $1.50 out of your pocket, but then get back $1.50 on Max Perks rewards – essentially making the pencils free. This program is very similar to Extra Care Bucks at CVS or Register Rewards at Walgreens.
However, unlike at the drug stores, where you will get your rewards immediately, Max Perks take about 45 days to show up on your statement – and you then have 90 days to use them from the date of issue. Max Perks Rewards can be used on anything other than gift cards at any brick and more Office Max store, or online.
Also like ECBs, you can “roll” the Rewards to purchase more items which earn Rewards. So once your initial out of pocket, you should be able to keep the spending of actual money to a bare minimum.
In addition to earning money from special Max Perks items, you also get rewards for recycling ink.
To “spend” your rewards, just log into your MaxPerks Rewards account and print them out to bring in with you. (One day, they’ll have an app for this, but right now, you have to print out an actual copy of your reward statement.)
Office Depot Work-Life Rewards
Office Depot’s rewards program is called the Worklife Rewards Program. Like MaxPerks, Office Depot often puts items on sale for 100% off are rewards – and you can “roll” your rewards to purchase other items.
|Reward Period – You earn Rewards||You receive your online Rewards|
|January 1 – March 31||April 15 – 30|
|April 1 – June 30||July 15 – 31|
|July 1 – September 30||October 15 – 31|
|October 1 – December 31||January 15 – 31|
The Staples Rewards program is very similar to Office Depot. Rewards are earned quarterly, and are paid out the month after the end of the quarter, as long as you have $10 in your account. Like Office Max and Office Depot, rewards from Staples must be spent at Staples only.
In addition to weekly sale items that have Staples Rewards attached to them, you can also earn rewards for:
- 10% back on all ink & toner, case & ream paper and Copy & Print purchases
- $2 back when you recycle ANY ink or toner cartridge — up to 10 per calendar month, per customer.
In addition to rewards, Staples also often has items on sale that are FREE AFTER EASY REBATE (“FAR”). With FAR sales, you get paid back by check – and you don’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to receive it.
This week, for example, Staples has BIC mechanical pencils on sale for $4.29 with a $4.29 easy rebate. Buy the pencils, submit your purchase online and within a few weeks, you will get a check for $4.29. Deposit the check right into your bank account – and spend it however you like!
Sign up for the Staples Rewards program here.
Let me know if you have any questions – or if I missed something!