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The best furniture store is an office supply store

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Are you ready to revitalize your house with some new furniture? Your first stop shouldn’t be Pottery Barn, Macy’s or West Elm. It should be Staples, Office Max or Office Depot.

Major purchases can turn into major points earnings. Admittedly I ignore trying to optimize small purchases but when it comes time to make a big purchase, I put in the legwork. It’s no secret that the Ink cards category bonus of 5X Ultimate Rewards points per dollar is tough, if not impossible to beat unless working towards a signup bonus. I am not suggesting one outfit their house with office furniture (though that would be unique) but rather remember to pick up furniture store gift cards to your favorite furniture store.

We decided to spruce up our living room over the past month and here is what we bought.

Check out our new plaid high back chair.

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Here is a brand new leather sectional.

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And finally here is our brand new Acapulco chairs and outdoor furniture set to enjoy on those cool Boulder summer nights.

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A few favorites

  • Pottery Barn gift cards are pretty versatile. They can be used at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home or West Elm stores.
  • Macy’s has a surprisingly large furniture presence. Their gift cards are readily available at any of the office supply stores.
  • Amazon sells a lot of furniture through third party sites so you can use Amazon gift cards to get 5X on those purchases.
  • Pier 1 Imports has plenty of gift cards available at office supply stores.
  • Crate and Barrel is quite popular these days for furniture though I have not found their gift cards at any office supply store. Too bad.

Keep in mind any sort of purchase protection you enjoy from using a credit card with that benefit for these large purchases will not be valid.

The bottom line

Furniture purchases are high buck purchases that can yield lots of points if you play your cards right. Our recent re-do of the living room and outdoor space has yielded us 10’s of thousands of points towards our next first class adventure. Since we were planning to make these purchases anyways, it was nice to get them all at 5X. Again, keep in mind any sort of purchase protection you enjoy from using a credit card with that benefit will not be valid.

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About the Author

About the author: Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at pmmalex@gmail.com

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  • DWT July 19, 2013, 9:37 am

    It’s funny, when I first saw your headline, I assumed you went ahead and bought the furniture FROM Staples, etc… like you furnished your house with all office furniture ;-)

  • Voyaging Doc July 19, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Technically your first stop SHOULD be pottery barn, so that you know exactly what you’re going to buy, and then swing by your favorite office store to purchase the gift cards to use. And if you can get cashback/mall points you buy it online with any other coupon codes you can dig up to get extra discounts + pickup at store.

    they should make variable amazon GCs at the stores so we ink users don’t waste so much plastic. I think i’ve seen them at one OD.

  • Tiff July 19, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Thanks for the tip! There are some good restaurant and clothing store cards too if you plan on shopping at those places or actually giving them as gifts. =)

  • Angela July 19, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Only $800 at Pottery Barn? That didn’t get you very far. ;)

  • Kevin July 19, 2013, 6:40 pm

    Has anyone ever seen Ikea gift cards at an office supply store ?

  • Ryan July 21, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Any issue redeeming multiple gift cards for a single purchase? We have a furniture set I am planning to do this for, but wasn’t certain I’d be able to redeem 13 x $100 gift cards

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