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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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We already covered Staples rebate & reward programs, so now we’ll talk about how to get great freebies at OfficeMax.  If there is one reason to shop there vs. other office supply chains: you can roll your MaxPerks Rewards!!  The first thing to know when signing up for MaxPerks Rewards is that they have two types of accounts to choose from:

Max Perks Business Account

  • Rewards are issued monthly
  • Earn a $25 bonus for every $500 in purchases
  • Qualifying purchases are carried over each month until you reach $500

Max Perks Teacher Account

  • Rewards are issued quarterly
  • Earn a $10 bonus for every $75 in purchases (max $100 per year)

How to Enroll

You can get a MaxPerks card in store, sign up online or call 1-866-MAXPERKS. It will take a little while for your card to come, but you can access your member number at officemax.com/maxperks. This is also how you will access your reward certificates.

Personally, I prefer getting the rewards quarterly so their isn’t as much pressure to roll them quickly and while I do some deals, I don’t think I’ve ever spent $500 at one office supply store. We home-school our three girls, so getting the teacher account made sense for us.

The main thing to keep in mind is that we aren’t ever focusing on purchasing normal priced deals.  Each week, I scour the ad and pull out the best office supply deals or items that have special rewards or rebates that make them a good price.  Many times, the best rewards deals are only available online and are never published in the ad, so watch for those posts too!

How to Earn MaxPerks Rewards

Check the weekly office supply deals here on Southern Savers and keep an eye out for items like this:

How to get things for free at OfficeMaxIn this example, you are purchasing a tablet case for $24.99 and will get a $24.99 reward back! Notice that the limit is also 2. Most of the time they have several Bonus MaxPerks deals running at the same time so you can grab a bunch of deals and then wait until your rewards come back the next month (or quarter depending on which program you chose). The best part is that you can use the rewards you earn toward more reward items next time!

Redeeming MaxPerks Rewards

Rewards can be redeemed, in-store, online or over the phone. One of the biggest complaints folks have is that they don’t have an OfficeMax in their area – not to worry, they offer most of the reward deals online and shipping is always free with a $50 purchase! Plus you can shop in your pajamas, which is always a plus.

Our nearest OfficeMax is about 110 miles away, but I maintain ~$50 in rewards that I roll each quarter into free after reward products and never have to pay shipping!  (You will still owe tax of course.)

Rewards for Ink Recycling

Honestly, this is the most disappointing and confusing aspect of their rewards system, so you may want to think about doing your ink recycling elsewhere.

You will earn $3 in MaxPerks rewards when you recycle your undamaged HP, Dell or Lexmark ink/toner cartridges up to 20 per calendar month, which means up to $60 in rewards. If only it were that easy.

Here’s the catch: You can’t earn more ink rewards than your qualified purchases at Office Max for the month, so if you don’t make large non-rewards purchases often, this isn’t worth doing.

Also remember that there are other ways to save at OfficeMax. They accept manufacturer coupons, and they occasionally have rebates that you can take advantage of too.

Do you have any other tips for how to make the most of the OfficeMax rewards system?

    • Corey

      As long as you aren’t rolling the rewards, the purchase should count towards your qualified purchases.  Also, ink rolls so it is my understanding that just by the end of the year you need to spend $720 of your own money.  What sucks is trying to cash out rewards is nearly impossible.  Better find a great deal on ink and pounce on it because that is about the only garbage there that maintains high monetary value after you purchase it.

      I am having a hard time right now cause last year I bought the $400 safe that was free after rewards and now I need to figure out a way to cash out huge amounts of rewards so I can start benefiting from ink.

      • NikonF7

        If you let the Rewards expire, you paid $400 for the “free” safe.  Spend, spend, spend ASAP if it hasn’t already expired.  I’d be taking 2 cases of paper every week they offer a paper deal, if I had Rewards about to expire.  And if that doesn’t use it up, buy some digital cameras on sale and flip them on eBay.

      • NikonF7

        Most importantly, don’t go $400 out of pocket on something you barely want, unless you’re willing both to gamble and to stay on top of extracting some value from the Rewards before they expire.  OfficeMax isn’t exactly a place where you can easily spend $400 and get $400 worth of stuff, much less roll it over and do it repeatedly enough to truly make anything free.  If you’re a heavy user of printer paper, rolling used to be easy…but it looks like the days of $0.01 after Rewards paper are gone.

    • Lizard

      Can someone answer these questions for me?  1.  Do I have to use the rewards all in one trip?  2.  Can I use my rewards to get other things that have rewards (e.g.: there is a sale on paper–pay $5 and get $5 back in rewards… can I use my rewards to pay the $5 and still get a $5 reward)?

      • I normally use my rewards all in one trip so that i can get free shipping, but it’s not required, it will deduct just like a gift card.   And yes, you can use rewards toward more rewards items…. that’s what I meant by “rolling” them. OfficeMax is the only office supply store that allows it.

        • Lizard

          Thank you Jenny.

      • Bamabobbie

        I’ve only used my rewards online and was told by the company if I didn’t use them all at once I would lose the balance.  I really don’t know.  I have about $100. now that they added two purchases together and that’s a lot to roll at once. I do know if I don’t go just a bit over my reward amount that I won’t get more rewards

      • Pjaugustine

         No, you do not have to use all the rewards in one trip at the store. You will have to print your rewards current balance and bring it with (or ask to use their computer and print it at the store). The clerk uses this to spend the amount of rewards I want to spend on that trip. The balance will show in a few days on my account.

    • Kardomr

      but you can’t use rewards to buy gift cards. you used to, now you can’t.
      (you can still at office depot.)

    • Sunshine

        I am currently taking my ink to Office Max but am looking for a place that offers a better deal.  Any ideas on who may offer a better recycling deal on ink?  Thank you!

      • Corey

         No, Staples and OD are both $2 a cart for up to 10 carts.  Staples does let you recycle 20 if you get to premier status ($1,000 in a calendar year).  Each store has their own game, if you can game OM, go for the $3 cart for 20 carts :)

        Staples is the easiest, no spending requirements.
        OD and OM are both you must spend the amount in order to get the amount.  i.e. recycle 5 carts at OD for $2 a cart means you will only get the $10 if you spend $10 in the store.

        • Sunshine

          Thank you Corey!  I always turn right around and buy more ink.  I will have to pay more attention to how much I am spending vs how much I am getting back for my recycled ink.  

    • nasatiger

      Do you have to teach to sign up for the teacher account? We don’t have kids yet and I don’t teach, but I’d like to sign up. I don’t want to sign up if I don’t qualify though. 

      • Caspertr

        I am a former teacher, now stay at home mom and I still have the teacher account, they don’t ask for proof

      • Corey

         Watch it though, teacher accounts only pay out rewards quarterly.  If you go business, you get the rewards monthly and thus can roll them every month rather than spending all your own money for an entire quarter.

      • Stephanie

        And….teacher limits are usually higher than normal. In the summer I rack up on school supplies. Teacher limits are much higher.

    • BigDog

      I’m a little confused.  So are you saying that I have ~$110 in MaxPerks (teacher).  If I bought a widget that was $30 (limit 1) I would get that $30 back in MaxPerks?  And STILL have $80 to spend later…I thought a while back you said you had to spend at least .01 more then your MP ($110.01 in my case) to get back 100% MP (on a 100% back).  Which is it?

      • Caspertr

        You can spend 30, get 30 back and still have 80 more to spend!!!

        • Bamabobbie

          I do not understand this at all.

      • Corey

         Been doing OM for over a year now, it is most definitely spend $30 get your $30 back and still have $80.  AMAZING store :)  I will be disappointed if they ever change but to be honest, I am amazed OM is still in business lol

      • I like to roll my whole reward and normally work it out to pay a few pennies out of pocket toward tax.  Other folks have had success breaking up their purchases, so you can choose whichever way you prefer. Just be sure to use your rewards before they expire and hit $50 if you want free shipping online.

      • Bamabobbie

        This is also what I understood. Once I spent less than my MP and did not receive more MP’s.  And on their site it says you cannot use it for any kind of gift cards????

    • Kelleyharold

      You cannot buy any gift cards at all with Max Perks Rewards now!  I think it was in July 2011 when that changed.  I had been saving them to use for Christmas gift cards and didn’t see the notice they had posted in the store.  When you order online, you cannot use more than one reward (with separate pin numbers).  Now they are also bundling when they credit my account with rewards and I often end up with a large amount at one time.  If we do actually have to spend at least $0.01 over the rewards to get all the rewards back when purchasing other rewards-back items (as I have been told by an employee), I will have a very difficult time.  I just got new rewards for last month and it’s close to $300!  If only I could say “Charge $0.01 to my credit card and take the rest from my rewards” online, that would be great.  I have had to purchase some things in the store rather than online recently in order to help with that issue, because in the store you can tell them exactly how much of the reward you want to use.