Starting tomorrow, April 21, 2019, you can pick up a $200 MasterCard gift card at Staples through Saturday and not pay the activation fee. While you are there, bring in your old tech for recycling and save $10 off a $30 purchase, just in time for Earth Day!
Ultimate Rewards Strategy
I use my Chase Ink Business Plus to get 5x Ultimate Rewards at office supply stores. While Chase no longer offers this card, you could use my referral to get the Business Preferred (which does not get 5x at office supply stores), and then downgrade to the Business Cash (which does get 5x at office supply stores), as long as you have another premium Chase card, like Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve to use your Ultimate Rewards for travel.
Get 5x Spending
The great thing about these fee-free MasterCard gift cards is that after buying them with my Chase Ink Business Plus (or Business Cash), I know that when I use them, I’m essentially getting 5x on all of my purchases. This is how I maximize my spending! 5x at the dollar store, 5x at the movie theater, 5x at the doctor’s office. This is where the beauty of the fee-free MasterCard gift card really comes into play.
The terms of this offer state that you can get one $200 gift card per household, but users have reported being able to get as many as 10, since the store’s limit is $2000. Your miles may vary and be sure you have the cash to be able to pay your credit card balance when it comes due. Otherwise the interest will negate your rewards three times over.
Recycle Your Electronics
Staples is also running a promotion where if you recycle your old electronics at their stores, you can get $10 off a $30 purchase. (I doubt you can use your $10 off on a gift card, though.) You do have to be a rewards member, but it is free to join. It’s a good way to get some value out of your clutter and keep those things out of the landfill just in time for Earth Day on Monday!