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I have a few little things to report…

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.

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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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