Being a smart shopper means knowing how to save and earn rewards and free products with every purchase.

Ordering office supplies online gives shoppers an opportunity to earn free products and save money, and it could even help tackle that holiday shopping list.

Major office supply stores such as Staples, Office Depot and Office Max offer generous rewards and promotions when shoppers place a telephone or online order for merchandise totaling $100. While that may seem like a lot of money, consider that just replacing a printer cartridge can easily take you over this limit.

These promotions are usually mailed on postcards or can be found on the back of a product catalog. There is a choice of either a fixed monetary deduction or a free product when placing a telephone or online order of $100 and using a coupon code.

Even better, free shipping is available for anything over $45 (some exclusions do apply, so read the fine print on the back to make sure the merchandise you purchase qualifies).

For cheap, quick, basic items, I usually drop by the store to pick them up. But I always wait for the postcard and catalog to come out with new offers and codes, and I only order when there is a significant discount or free products.

Online orders have helped me stock up on gifts for special occasions! My online orders have helped me earn these free products:

  • A 133-piece tool kit
  • Five-piece luggage set
  • Ten-piece BBQ tool kit
  • Lanterns and work lights
  • Desk lamps and desk fans

Making office supply purchases online can be a time and money saver and could also help reduce your gift shopping list!

This has been a guest post by Deborah from San Diego, CA
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