It all started with my excitement over the printer deal I scored…
I’m not sure if any of you are getting awesome savings emails from Staples too, but recently I’ve been getting emails from Staples with exclusive coupons to use! One that recently showed up in my inbox – a sweet $25 off $75 purchase coupon. I was stoked as I’d been shopping around for a printer deal and noticed that Staples had additional instant savings offers on select printers that stacked with my exclusive $25 off code — BINGO! 🙌 I ended up saving a total of $95 on my order!
What a deal, right?
I also opted to do the free store pickup option since typically items are available to go pick up within about an hour after ordering. You guys, I was shouting from the rooftops about this awesome steal and reveling in all my money-saving glory.💃
My sweet husband offered to head into Staples to pick up our printer. You can imagine how anxious I was for him to return home with the new printer 🤩. Yes, little things excite me. Sure enough, when he walked through the door, he had the printer… BUT also had much more in tow. 😬 I was curious about what else he bought. Well, that curiosity turned to terror when I snagged the receipt. 😱
Womp, womp, womp…
My thoughtful (though not as frugal-minded) husband decided to grab ink and paper for the new printer while he was at the store, which I totally get was meant to be helpful. So he got cartridges for all the ink colors and a huge box of paper… BUT AT FULL PRICE! We’re talking $400 worth of ink and paper plus tax! He didn’t compare prices online (Staples does price match), didn’t look for a coupon or promo code, and did NOT purchase any items that were even on sale. Oops! 😬
Though I know his heart was in the right place, he (like many other spouses I’m sure) just wanted to get in and out of the store as fast as possible, regardless of the cost. But unfortunately for him, there was no way I was popping that full price ink into my bargain-hunted printer. Some people may think, “too late, it’s already been purchased,” however… not me. 💁♀️
First, I checked to see where I could get the ink cheaper. Staples will price match to competitors like Amazon so I hopped online to see if there was a lower price. Sure enough, Amazon’s ink listing was priced less! So I gave Staples a call to see if I could return and rebuy the ink with the price match over the phone, but due to their fraud policy, this was something I had to do in-store. Given the ink alone was going to be a $92 savings, both my hubby and I agreed that the trip back to Staples would be worth it.
So back to the store we went with the ink, the paper, and the resolve to save money. 💃
To my pleasant surprise, the staff at Staples was incredibly helpful! When I explained the ink/paper situation to their customer service, they totally understood! So not only did they make the price match a breeze, their 110% Price Match Guarantee policy took it a step further and actually discounted it by 10% of the difference… so the ink ended up being even LESS then the Amazon price! 🙌
Even better, they helped me find an alternative multipurpose paper that was just as great in quality yet almost $20 less then the box my hubby originally purchased. I swear I had half of their staff helping me out to score a deal! I was beyond appreciative.
I was on a savings spree! So much so that I even tried to have them price match the Monster energy drink my husband bought (yes, he constantly needs lots of energy to deal with me!). 😂 I may have gotten a little too caught up in the hype!
When all was said and done, we got all the same stuff (well, slightly different paper) for just over $130 cheaper! Talk about a success story 🎉!
Anywho, this isn’t a sponsored post for Staples. I just really wanted to share how a small amount of work can pay off BIG TIME when it comes to getting the best price possible. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed or scared to find a way to save money — you never know the potential savings!
It IS and ALWAYS will be Hip2Save! 🙌
P.S. – I love that my husband and I are so very different. We constantly are learning so much from one another. I sure envy his laid-back attitude and spur of the moment, let’s go on an adventure outlook. He definitely brings lots of fun and laughter to our family life! ❤️