Actually, I have my mom to thank for this one.
Apparently, Staples sent out a kajillion (that being the technical term) emails to all the members on its mailing list. As an apology, it sent a $20 off $50 coupon.
Mom had no use for it, so she sent it to me. And my scheming little brain decided to test a theory.
I put a $50 Visa gift card in my cart, applied the coupon and started the checkout process. Sure enough, $20 was deducted from the total.
Clearly, Staples isn’t as uptight as OfficeMax about coupon restrictions.
Of course, I didn’t save exactly $20. There’s a $4.95 activation fee, and Staples charges a $1 shipping fee. Still, I got a $50 gift card for $35.95.
Anyway, I’m not writing this to brag. Well, okay, I’m not writing this just to brag. I’m telling you because I’m pretty sure you can get the same deal — on a fairly regular basis.
Back when I still subscribed to the Staples email, I routinely got $20 off $50 coupons in my inbox. It seemed like I got one every week, but it was probably closer to once a month. My memory likes to exaggerate.
I doubt that those coupons had any more restrictions than the one they sent my mom. In other words: Go sign up for the mailing list and see what lands in your inbox.
For the record, I have no relationship with Staples whatsoever. Except that I expect I’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling toward it when my GC comes in the mail.