This week at Office Depot/OfficeMax, our shopping trip resulted in BIG SAVINGS! Our secret strategy was to get in, get the loss leaders (items priced so low, the retailers lose money), and get out without making impulse buys. We used four Bic stationery coupons from today’s newspaper insert. (The coupons have a limit of four per household per day.)

Here’s what you need to know about shopping at Office Depot/OfficeMax:

1. If you don’t have an Office Depot/OfficeMax Rewards card, sign up in-store or online.

2. You must spend $5.00 (penny items included) to get the advertised penny prices.

3. To help you reach the $5.00 minimum, look for items with rebates. The out-of-pocket cost is higher, but you get your money back.

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

This week at Office Depot/OfficeMax, multipurpose paper reams are $6.00 and you get $5.99 back in bonus rewards, making the final price one penny. This is the perfect deal to reach the $5.00 purchase minimum and stock up on penny items. The limit on this paper deal is three, but if you don’t need that much paper, purchase just one to keep the total out-of-pocket cost lower.

Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Bonus Rewards through 8/27, Limit 3

Paid $6.00, Received $5.99 Bonus Rewards

Final Price: $0.01

With $5.00 Minimum Purchase through 8/27, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.30

With Minimum $5.00 Purchase through 8/27, Limit 3

Final Price: $0.30

Limit 3

Used two $1.00/1Bic Stationery Product from SS 8/21

Or $1.00/2Bic Stationery Products from SS 8/7

Final Price: $1.00

Limit 3

Used two $1.00/1Bic Stationery Product from SS 8/21

Or $1.00/2Bic Stationery Products from SS 8/7

Final Price: $1.00

Out-of-Pocket Cost: $8.60

Received: $5.99 in Bonus Rewards

Total Cost: $2.61 for all 13 Products ($57.67 before discounts)

Shopping on a budget? We’ll show you 16 ways to shop back-to-school with pennies!