Sunday, December 02, 2012

100% back on Energizer AA and AAA (limit two of each per day for the week)

This brick and mortar shopping week (Dec 2-8, 2012), you can stock up on single-use AA/AAA alkalines after 100% rewards. We already mentioned the Duracell specials at Staples and Office Max but there are also specials at Office Depot. They are offering a crazy promotion: 100% on Energizer Max single-use AA and AAA batteries, 16-packs, limit two per sku per member per day. Yes, Office Depot offers two of each, not two total. And you can do two of each per day for the whole week. It is on the front page of their new weekly ad... Long post, more after the jump...

I have done these in the past, and they do work as they say. I couldn't believe it until I saw the statements online and then the reward arriving. Note that it takes them some time (up to a month) before the rewards are acknowledged on the Office Depot rewards website.

If you max out on these, you can end up with a crazy amount: 14 sets of AAs and 14 sets of AAAs. The price is $13.50 each. So you would end up paying $378 + tax, and receive back $378 in late January. If you max out, you'd better also plan ahead on how to spend the $378 in future rewards!

Keep in mind each one of the aforementioned stores has a different reward program with different policies and different strategies. For example, Office Depot pays rewards quarterly, while Staples and Office Max pay monthly. But since this is December, the Office Depot rewards will essentially be paid at the same time as if they were monthly, since the end of December is the end of the quarter, so these should be paid back to you by the end of January 2013.

Please note that all these Rewards offers are rewards, something similar to store credit that typically expires within 3 months or sometimes longer. They are not cashback! You have to plan ahead on where to spend the rewards if you are not a regular shopper at the above shops. Each has its own strategies on how to make the most of it.


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