We have recently gone through some pretty huge changes in our family. I am now a Work from Home Mom, and my husband has recently had an awesome job opportunity come his way that completely changed his usual work structure. Rather than going into an office everyday, he is now working remotely from home and traveling more for business.
We are still getting adjusted to how our days are now structured much differently, but the first thing we came to realize is that we needed up upgrade our office situation, and fast. What I previously called my office was a makeshift desk my husband had assembled for me in my son’s playroom – it worked just fine for me, as my work requirements and hours were much more flexible, but now that my husband is working from home and conducting online business meetings and conference calls, we quickly discovered that having H’s toys in the background was just not a professional look (I know, shocker)!
As a small business owner myself, I’ll be honest: my budget is tight. I don’t have a lot of wiggle room in what I can spend each month, so I needed to find an affordable way to optimize my small budget in order to find a cost effective solution for my home office needs. Want to know how we did it all for just about $250? Staples Small Business Center!
Sitting down to come up with a list of things we both needed in a new office, it became clear that our budget was going to be a concern. We basically needed to completely start over again and stock up on all the basics that an employer provides: pens, paper, etc, as well as upgrade my current very cute, but not very supportive or comfortable office set up. Luckily, I remembered the Staples Weekly Ad email I had just received earlier that day that alerted me of their Daily Deals, and all the special sales they were having on office basics and furniture. Additionally, I had earned quite a few Staples Rewards that I had been saving, so this was the perfect opportunity to use them!
The first place we went when we got to Staples? My favorite section: the pens! And do you know what I noticed first? Staples had their own “generic” brand of everything (not just pens and pencils!), and the prices were awesome. Seeing how much we would save by just purchasing Staples brand got me really excited about being able to stick to our budget of $250, and I also selfishly liked that it meant I got to buy even more pretty colored office goodies to brighten up our work space!
Buying Staples generic brand doesn’t mean I sacrificed on quality, either. We’ve been using everything for almost a month now, and the products are *exactly* the same quality that I was previously paying a lot more for brand names. If you are a Small Business owner, work from home, or have a kid in school, I highly recommend that you join Staples Rewards program to maximize your savings. Through their Rewards program, you earn up to 5% back in rewards on every purchase you make, plus free shipping on online orders over $14.99, as well as $2 back per recycled ink cartridge, and Staples lowest price guarantee – so you know you’re getting the best price, every time. As fate would have it, a few days before we went on our Staples shopping spree to furnish our new home office on a budget, I received an email from Staples offering me an upgrade to 15% back in rewards with a special coupon thanks to the Rewards program. With my bonus Rewards coupon, I earned a ton of rewards to use for a few extra office supplies!
Here’s what we purchased to set up our home office for my small business and my husband’s home office needs: Everything is the high quality of goods that we have come to expect and need on a daily basis, but at super affordable prices thanks to the Staples brand!
Staples® Hype!™Pen-Style Highlighters, Yellow, 6/Pack
$5.49 on special promotion for $3
Staples One-Touch™ CX-4 Compact Flat-Stack Quarter Strip Stapler, 20-Sheet Capacity, Blue
Staples High-Capacity Staples, 3/8″, 3000/Box $6
Staples® Binder Clip Med 15 PK Assorted
$4.29 on special promotion for $3