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How can I save money on the basics, like office supplies?

maze_dollar_signThe pens, the paper, the ink cartridges… These seemingly small things can really add up. Thankfully, there are ways to  keep your office running efficiently and cut your office expenses at the same time.

Buy in Bulk
One of the best things a small business can do is buy in bulk.  For example, on Staples.com, you can purchase a box of 100 business envelopes for $11.99.  If you bump your order up to three or more boxes your cost drops to $11.60.  Sure, you might not need 300 envelopes now, but you do know for certain that you’ll eventually use all of them.  While a savings of thirty-nine cents might not seem like a lot, it can add up, especially when you buy in bulk across the board.

Use Promo Codes
Another tip—and this one goes for anything you shop for—is using promotional codes to net you a discount.  Simply type the store or product you’re looking for into your internet search engine along with the words “discount code” or “promotional code.” Often times you’ll get deals such as a percentage off your order or free shipping.
 
Join a Mailing List
Lastly, it’s a good idea to join the mailing list of companies you regularly purchase office supplies from.  Companies will often send discount coupons and offers exclusively to their mailing list.  For example, I just recently received an email from Staples for $20 off a case of copy paper.  

Jean Chatzky, SCORE Guest Blogger
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  1. Rosella YoungVisitor

    Hello, Jean. What some great advice. Thank you. I didn’t know about the promo codes. I will try that. See my profile in Score. Take care. Thank you for your time in reading this message. Rosella Young

    Rosella Young
    Office Manager/Longaberger® Consultant
    Decluttering and Organizing Office Space
    http://www.longaberger.com/rosellayoung
    (907) 349-8720

 

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