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Staples $15 gift card

In Staples’ upcoming ad, which is valid from Nov 11 to Nov 17, they are showing a deal where you can buy $100 in MasterCard or Visa gift cards and get back a $15 Staples gift card as an easy rebate.  Each $100 Visa or MasterCard comes with a $5.95 activation fee.  This can be a lucrative deal if you make the purchase with a Chase Ink card or other card that earns extra points at Office Supply stores (see “Best Category Bonuses“).  This offer is in-store only.  No word yet on how many rebates each person can earn (when Staples ran a similar promotion recently, each person was limited to 10 rebates).  I’ll write up more about this, and how best to leverage it, when the full offer is released.


Staples Free After Rebate deals

DealsWeLike reports that Staples will have several Free After Rebate deals on Black Friday.  Unfortunately, most of the deals are mail-in rebates rather than the much easier “Easy Rebates”.  See “Free 5x Points at Staples on Black Friday” for details.

BlueBird MoneyPass ATM withdrawals

I recently used PayPal and TopCashBack to “direct deposit” some money to my BlueBird account (see “Bluebird Updates“).  In order to get free use of MoneyPass ATMs with a Bluebird card, you have to have made a direct deposit to your Bluebird account within 30 days prior.  This seems to have worked!  I used the MoneyPass ATM locator to find one in my town and I went to take out some money.  The machine didn’t say anything about it being a MoneyPass ATM so I was a bit nervous, but I went ahead and requested some cash from the machine anyway.  I was even more nervous when the machine said that I would be charged $2 for the transaction (but, hey, $2 isn’t really much for the sake of a Frequent Miler Laboratory experiment).  I pressed OK and got my money.  When I got home, I checked my Bluebird account.  ATM Fee = $0.  Sweet!

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