I enjoy saving money. Today I decided to go to Staples (office supply store). My printer is on its last legs and I really need a new one so I wanted to look around.
On the way to Staples I stopped by the post office to check the post office box. In the box was my Staples Rewards check - perfect timing. I have a Staples Rewards card that I always swipe when making my purchases. I have used it so much that I am now "Platinum" - doesn't that sound fancy? Anyway, my Rewards check was $31.00! Granted I had to spend money to earn this "reward", but I would have spent the money anyway on needed office supplies for our business. The largest Rewards check I've ever received was $42.00.
Anyway, before going into Staples, I went through my Day Planner. I always put the coupons that I have clipped in it so I won't forget to use them. I found a coupon I had clipped for Staples that I thought was for online purchases only, but I read it more closely and found that I could use it in the store too. It was for $40 off a purchase of $200 or more. Cool!
I went to the Clearance section and found several display model printers on sale. The displays were an extra 10% off of the sale price. I found one that looked promising (Canon MP530 all in one) and asked a few questions. I found out that it also had a $50 mail in rebate and was a very good price. It was also a fax, scanner, and copier so I could finally get rid of the gigantic fax machine that takes up so much room in my office.
I had to purchase some other business items and went to check out. The printer cost $129.00 minus the display discount of 10% = ($116.00) minus $50 mail in rebate = ($66.10) minus $40 off purchase of $200 or more coupon = ($26.10) minus $31.00 Staples Reward check = credit of +$4.90. I was actually paid almost $5.00 to get the new printer (which I applied towards extra ink). You have to love that!!!!