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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Staples Trip 1/3/12

Today I went to Staples. Oh, Staples. I have such a love/hate relationship with that place. I heart the rewards, but they're such a pain to redeem, since you can't use them on anything that you would receive rewards or a rebate on. If you do, you don't get the new reward. LAAAAAAME. So I always do two transactions: one using the rewards, and one earning the rewards.

Transaction 1:

- Bought 2 Sharpie permanent marker 12-packs, on sale for $3.00 each (Limit 2), regular price $5.00 each
- Bought 1 Staples gel wrist rest for my keyboard at work, $13.99 regular price.
- Bought 1 Staples gel wrist rest for my mouse at work, $12.99 regular price.
Used 1 $5/$25 in-store purchase coupon
And used $20 in Staples rewards earned in November and received in December
Spent $7.98 + $0.48 sales tax = $8.46 out of pocket

Transaction 2:

- Bought 2 Hammermill Copy Plus reams of 8.5x11 inch paper, $5.99 each regular price
Buy 1, Submit for $4.99 Easy Rebate, Limit 2
- Bought 1 Avery Heavy Duty view binder, 1 inch, $7.49 and 1 Avery Heavy Duty view binder, 2 inch, $10.99, regular prices
Buy any Avery Heavy-Duty view binder, get 100% back in Rewards*, Limit 4

Spent $30.46 + $1.83 sales tax = $32.29, will receive $18.48 in Staples rewards and $9.98 in a Staples rebate check by mail

$67.44 Total Shelf Price before any savings
-   4.00 Sales/discounts
-   5.00 Store coupons
= 58.44 Paid out of pocket ($20 with pre-existing Staples rewards)
-  28.46 Rewards/Rebates Received or to be Received
=$29.98 Final cost (55.5% savings)

Spent $38.44 + 2.31 sales tax = $40.75 total spent out of pocket. Will eventually receive $18.48 in Staples Rewards and $9.98 via a rebate check. Eventually. *tick tock tick tock*

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