There are quite a few good deals on school supplies this week. Since we're headed into August, now is really the best time to get office or school supplies for the year. As I've mentioned before, if you piecemeal your shopping and break it down each week, you could save a lot of money in the long run.
1. I just bought two backpacks for a penny each at Office Max. There is a catch, but if you need backpacks and some more office supplies, it's worth considering.
If you buy a backpack at Office Max this week, you'll get all of it back (with the exception of a penny) in Office MaxPerks, aka store credit.
For me, it works because we needed backpacks and we also need to buy an office chair in the near-ish future.
2. And, you just need to spend $5 to qualify for the penny deals... and I also needed those! You can get small scissors, single hole punches and zipper binders for one-cent each.
3. Also, Office Max is just giving away two packs of highlighters. There is a coupon in the store insert from the Sunday paper, but my store just had the coupon taped to the register... which meant, I got to keep my coupon... and means that you likely don't need one.
MY OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE AT OFFICE MAX? 09-CENTS + TAX.
I also bought a 2 year replacement protection plan for my backpacks at $6.99. If my backpack stops working in 2 years (ie: rips, tears, wears, etc.), Office Max will replace it for free. I thought I'd try it out to see if it's worth it, especially because I have a built-in audio jack in one of them.
Since I bought the protection plan, here's what the breakdown looks like:
$6.99 service plan
+ .09 merchandise
+ 4.79 tax
*I'll get $89.96 back in rewards in 30 days... and then I'll buy a desk chair that I've been eyeing.
This is the thing with deals. I had to pay $91.83 for the total, but I'll get $89.96 back in store credit. So, that means I'm really out $11.87. And, when you subtract the tax, it really means I paid $.09 for the whole she-bang.
***EDITOR'S NOTE: I also may have even saved more money depending on how the MaxPerks shake out. The clerk gave me an extra $10 off for buying a certain style backpack (Coupon 23649121050513). If this is the case, then that means I'm really out less $1.87 for the whole thing. It's a little confusing, but at the end of the day, it works in my favor... and that's really the most important thing to note.
Here's a list of other great deals listed in the paper this week: