Office supplies such as pens, paper, and sticky notes are a necessity for the home and business. The cost of these items can add up so people should look for ways to save money on them in order to stay within budget. Here are some cost-saving tips regarding office supply purchases.
Step 1: Sign up for the supply store’s email service to receive online and in-store coupons and special deals. Companies like Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot allow you to provide your email address to them. In exchange, they will send you electronic previews of upcoming sales circulars and special online or in-store deals and coupons. These deals are usually for a certain percentage or dollar amount off your purchase, in addition to special pricing.
Step 2: When shopping online, bundle your order to get free shipping. Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax offer free shipping for orders over $50.
Step 3: Shop the online clearance centers on office supply store Web sites.
Step 4: Take advantage of product rebates whenever they are available. All you need to do is provide your receipt or other proof of purchase and complete a rebate form. Some rebates can be applied for online, saving you the cost of a stamp.
Step 5: Sign up for free loyalty cards. Office Depot has a Worklife Rewards program that provides small business customers with discounts on ink, paper, toner, copying, printing, and office supplies. Staples Rewards offers discounts for consumers and teachers. OfficeMax MaxPerks has discount programs for businesses and teachers.
Step 6: Recycle toner and ink. Staples has a $2 per cartridge Ink Recycling Rewards program that adds money to your Staples Rewards account. OfficeMax offers a $3 per cartridge ink and toner recycling program as part of MaxPerks.
Step 7: If you have a child, earn free supplies for his or her school by participating in initiatives like the Office Depot Back to Schools program. Presenting the school’s program ID number at checkout earns the school a merchandise credit for five percent of qualifying purchases.