Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Guest Post - Couponing at Staples

Hello fellow deal seekers!  My name is Sarah and I am the mother of an 18-month-old daughter as well as the author of another Knoxville-based blog, "Poots And Pans".  My blog focuses on green living, couponing, recipes, photography, and anything related to being a stay-at-home Mommy!  I also LOVE doing giveaways (I try to do one every week), so be sure and visit me HERE!

Today I’d like to share with you my secret for getting paper products and other household supplies for FREE!  Now, let me preface this by saying that there are times I have to pay (*gasp*) for household cleaning items…especially when I make my own natural household cleaners.  However, if you play your cards right you can make a dent in your monthly budget with Staples Rewards.
First of all, you’ll need a Staples Rewards card.  If you don’t have one, sign up here.  You should be able to print a temporary ID card until you get your plastic cards in the mail.  The next step is to find used ink cartridges to recycle.  Maybe you could ask around at your (or your spouse’s) workplace.  Or, another idea would be to ask your dentist, doctor's office, or any other professional office you visit on a regular basis.  If they don't have a specific protocol for recycling their cartridges, they may be happy for you to pick them up!  You can recycle up to 10 ink cartridges per month, per account.  My husband and I both have an account. 
You will receive $2 in “Staples Rewards” for each ink cartridge you recycle.  So, potentially $20 per month, per account.  The rewards typically don’t expire for a few months, so you can save your rewards in order to make a larger purchase.
I receive coupons in the mail from Staples (like the one pictured below) for a certain dollar amount off a “cleaning and break room supplies” order.  Plus, orders worth $50 or more are shipped for free (and FAST…I typically receive my order within two days).   So, the Staples Rewards coupled with free shipping = FREE or super cheap paper products and cleaning supplies.

I have purchased garbage bags, paper towels, paper napkins, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, even Seventh Generation maxi pads (TMI).  Go here to browse the large selection on Staples web site. 
Here are a few of my Staples orders over the past several months.  I think I’ve paid (at most) a few dollars out of pocket for each of these orders.
(ignore the CVS products – shaving cream, shampoo/conditioner, diapers, AND the random  mp3 players)
What do you do with your used ink cartridges?

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