Lots of Free Stuff at Office Depot

Posted by on Sunday, January 5, 2014
Office Depot's reward program is currently giving 100% back in Office Depot Rewards Bucks when purchasing qualified products.  From 1/5 thru 1/11 you can buy up to two of the following items for free, each day (you can actually make money and get the free items, read below):
  • Avery White Laser Address Labels
  • Pilot G-2 Pens
  • Scotch Magic Tape, Pack of 10 Rolls
  • PaperPro Desktop Stapler
  • Energizer AA Batteries, Pack of 24
  • Office Depot Brand File Folders
  • Office Depot Brand Hanging Folders
  • Bankers Box Storage Box, Pack of 10
You can see the official list here, with corresponding item numbers.  Besides the stapler, all the items can be ordered online.  By going thru a shopping portal first and using a reward earning credit card this becomes very lucrative.  If you have a business and can write off these expenses, it's even better.  To make this work, follow these steps:
  1. Sign-up for an Office Depot account.
  2. You have to separately sign-up for an Office Depot Rewards account.
  3. Link your Office Depot Rewards account number to your Office Depot account, via the account information option, under "My Account".
  4. Close all those tabs and go thru a shopping portal to get back to OfficeDepot.com.  You can get up to 6% cash back from TopCashBack.  I personally used BigCrumbs for 3.6% cash back because I trust them to actually pay me.  See your shopping portal options at Cashbackholic.
  5. Using the official list linked above, enter the items you want to purchase.  You can purchase two of each of these items daily, thru January 11.
  6. If you have a Chase INK card use it to receive 5 Ultimate Reward points for each dollar spent.  Otherwise, use whichever credit card earns you the most miles, points or cash back.  
  7. Come back tomorrow to do it again if you're so inclined.

I purchased $235 of items today and I plan to resell most of them via Amazon.  For the $250 spent (including tax), I expect to receive:

  • $235 Office Depot Reward Bucks
  • $175 cash from reselling on Amazon
  • 1,175 Ultimate Reward points (worth about 2 cents each or $23.50)
  • $8.46 from Big Crumbs

(Hat Tip:  BigHabitat)

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