I’m not really a fan of rewards programs – well, except for Target Redcard. Did you know you can tie it directly to your checking account and use it as a debit card – with 5% off? If you spend as much time in Target as I do (and you know you do!), that’s huge. I totally thought it was a credit card (which I won’t use), but I was wrong!
Got off track there for a sec, sorry! Ok, back to rewards programs: I find they usually result in spam without much financial benefit. I think I was burned by the <unnamed brick and mortar bookstore> card that you had to BUY and never earned enough back to even recoup that initial fee. Doh!
Because of that, I never took advantage of any office supply store ink recycling programs. Mistake! Did you know you can take up to 10 old cartridges per month to Staples or OfficeMax (probably Office Depot as well, but we don’t have those here) and earn $2 apiece in store credit? Seriously. I print at home and I have an all-in-one that I use for labels and kids’ schoolwork. I go through a LOT of
ridiculously overpriced expensive ink! My main printer has 8 cartridges at $13 apiece, so getting $2 back on each one really adds up.
Also, if you buy your inks/supplies/etc. through them you earn even more % rewards.
In December alone, I earned about $60 – I have accounts with both stores since I go through more than 10 cartridges a month. When I think of all the $$$ I tossed in the garbage last year. Man..don’t think about it, don’t think about it…
If you’re particularly tech savvy <ahem> they have apps to hold your rewards – so the coupons aren’t even necessary. Just bring it up on your phone when you’re in the store to redeem:
If you have a printer, get the rewards. Then buy me a drink the next time you see me. Thank you!