Back-to-school deals have arrived in full force at the office supply stores! My kids and I hit up Office Depot/OfficeMax yesterday and scored 21 products for two bucks! Back-to-school season is packed with items priced so low, the retailer actually loses money. The secret saving strategy here is to get in, get the loss leaders, and get out without making impulse buys.

Here’s the schtick at Office Depot/OfficeMax:

1. Sign up for an Office Depot/Office Max Rewards card if you haven’t already. Sign up online or in-store.

2. You must spend $5.00 to qualify for the penny deals. The penny deals count toward the $5.00 minimum.

3. Purchase items with high-value rebates to reach the $5.00 purchase minimum. The out-of-pocket cost may be higher but you’re getting money back!

Rebates will load into your account after purchase and are redeemable by printing out certificates from your account online after you’ve reached 1,000 points ($10.00).

4. After you’ve reached the $5.00 minimum, STOCK UP and purchase the limit of each penny deal.

This week at Office Depot/Office Max, copy & print paper is $6.00 and you get $5.99 back in rewards, making the final price just one penny. This is the perfect item to get you up to your $5.00 purchase minimum. The limit on the paper deal is three, but if you don’t need that much paper, purchase just one to keep your total out-of-pocket cost lower.

Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Back in Rewards through 7/16, Limit 3

Paid $18.00, Received $17.97 in Rewards

Final Price: $0.03

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.75

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.03

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3 

Final Price: $0.03

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.75

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.03

After $5.00 Minimum Purchase, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.75

Out of Pocket: $20.34

Received: $17.97 in Rewards 

Total Cost: $2.37 for all 21 products ($66.72 before discounts)

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