Posted by William Charles on November 26, 2018
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Published on November 26th, 2018 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Office Depot/Max: $20 Discount When You Buy $150 Or More In Happy Giftcards [11/25/18 until 12/1/18]

Deal has expired, view more Office Depot/Max deals by clicking here.

Update: Looks like the offer for a free Google home mini after $150+ has been extended again until at least the end of 11/26. This means you could purchase $170 in these gift cards, pay $150 and get a free google home mini as well. Hat tip to reader Matt. For the best results don’t mention the mini deal, just bring the mini to check out and it will go through as $0.

The Offer

  • Office Depot is offering a $20 instant discount when you buy $150 or more in Happy gift cards

The Fine Print

  • Valid until 11/25/18-12/01/18 11:59 PM ET
  • Limit 1 per household/business per day
  • Discount applied at register
  • Offer valid only on Happy Lady, Happy Guy, Happy Teen, Happy Kid, Happy Bites, Happy Dining, Happy Eats

Our Verdict

For more information on Happy cards read this post. Make sure to use a card that earns at a high rate on all office supply store purchases.

Hat tip to Neal M



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Evan
Evan

Can you use these anywhere else except where they’re meant to be used?

lori
lori

no

Superman
Superman

Yes, but it’s limited. One report that Happy Kid works at Bed Bath & Beyond. Good in cases, like here, where Happy Bride and Happy Student are not discounted, if store is out of Happy Lady. I assume this means Happy Lady works at Buy Buy Baby, but I have not tried.

Superman
Superman

Source: https://milestothemagic.com/how-to-use-happy-cards-for-disney-gift-card-discounts-guide/ “Even though Happy Kid technically should only work at Buy Buy Baby, it works at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (they’re sister stores).”

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

A thought…

Since “Happy Lady” and “Happy Guy” Cards are Available can you use them to buy VGC’s at listed merchants (Bed, Bath & Beyond among with Home Depot)?

I would guess since it’s Visa it should be fine, but any DP’s?

Luis
Luis

YMMV, Cashier might ask to see the card, in that case they would probably deny it. I’ve seen people saying they got denied with the excuse that card had to have a chip in order to purchase VGC, but many positive DP’s about people buying 3rd party GCs using Happys.

Superchurn
Superchurn

+1 DP for Happy Guy working for buying Home Depot GC’s at Home Depot. Don’t use self checkout though, as it will flag with the usual denial. Use a real cashier, and point out it says to run a credit if they cause problems

MoreSun
MoreSun

I’ve seen more reports of denials than success at BBB due to cashiers not allowing transactions to go through so tread carefully there. HD has been working fine.

Shawn D
Shawn D

And have people mentioned being able to split tender and buy VGC at self checkout at HD?

Edit: nvm, comment below DP self check out. Although not sure about split tender.

MoreSun
MoreSun

Haven’t seen on split tender.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

You can’t split tender at HD at self checkout.

MoreSun
MoreSun

I used 2 $25 Happy cards to buy a $50 3rd party GC (not VGC). I swiped the first as credit/debit. It processed like a gift card and my total became $25 so I swiped the other. No issues, I was not able to say how much to put on each charge.

Larry
Larry

I did the same last night at the HD self checkout. $25 didn’t prompt the cashier to approve the non-chip CC swipe like the $50 Happy cards did a month ago. (No problem with the cashier approval in my case.)

Still prefer the higher value Happy cards to the $25 but wish I had found out that the self checkout was so easy before the last hours of the Staples sale.

So higher value cards like these OD/OM 150’s may prompt the cashier to approve or verify the card.

Jeff H

There was a report that you can use some Happy cards to get other third party GCs at Home Depot.

https://www.reddit.com/r/churning/comments/9y56ns/daily_discussion_thread_november_18_2018/e9yx8s2/

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Separate comment. Kroger stores have issued a second digital coupon for $10.00 off $50 Happy cards.good this add week. I just tdid the second digital coupon.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Jeff H I can confirm this works at Home Depot self checkout. Question for you, is this round of Happy gift cards at Kroger actually working and taking off $10? Last round I had to get them to manually take $10 off as the digital coupon wasn’t working.

Jeff H

New digital coupon for this week must be activated first. Last night was textbook after waiving the loyalty PLUS card at the self serve kiosk. I used a 3% grocery Visa CC.

Purchased Happy Guy which is expressly valid at Home Depot.

Mawn
Mawn

Kroger 10$ off is not taking out automatically, I had to ask manager to take off manually, I can also confirm happy student is working fine to buy MasterCard in BBB ystd

Jeff H

All I can tell you guys is the $10.00 was automatically taken off at the self serve kiosk at Kroger owned Bakers’s Supermarket last night.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Will the Happy GCs work online at the stated stores?

Yosk
Yosk

edit: nevermind – wrong dates

Maurice
Maurice

One question: Could this Happy Guy (including Home Depot) gift card use at HomeDepot.com? I called GiftcardMall about this but they are unable to give a definitive answer.

Dan
Dan

Why would you need to use it on homedepot.com?

Ben
Ben

Not OP, but to order things to be delivered?

newbie
newbie

I have successfully use happy kid online at buybuybaby

Kapil
Kapil

yes I have used the happy guy card online successfully at homedepot.com , just use it as normal credit card

Yoni
Yoni

Maurice

I had to use mine online for HD as Mag stripe was dead and would not swipe at HD or BK and I did’nt want to screw around with Metabank CS.

Lily
Lily

My happy kid card also got a bad stripe. i called for a replacement card but they told me they can only issue a refund which will take 30 business days. Fingers crossed it will come before i forget it.

Yoni - 'Bear down'
Yoni - 'Bear down'

It was my 1st “Happy” card during the $10 off $50 @ Kroger promo. So I kinda of held off on more purchases, but seeing that it was a fluke and only affected a few people, will probably go heavy no after I do a few more liquiditation tests.

Klemhuzzah
Klemhuzzah

Last week, Staples offered a 10% discount on Happy cards – but only had the $25 denominations. Does OD/OM have the larger value ones?

Edit: I see the picture has the $20 – $500 cards, so we should be good.

Superman
Superman

$170 restaurant GCs and 4 slices of cheesecake for $128.70.

I bought $150 Happy Lady, then bought 2 $50 GCs at Panera Bread and received 2 $10 vouchers, then bought 2 $25 GCs at Cheesecake Factory and received 4 vouchers for a slice of cheesecake. My store refuses Chase Ink Visa, so limited to $1.30 CB from Discover debit.

I’m one happy guy!

captainsave
captainsave

tf u talking about??

Celia
Celia

Nice. I did the Panera one and the Cheesecake Factory one as well, albeit only once each. It is a great way to use them.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

How can an OD refuse Chase Ink? They’ve never once checked the brand of my card that would be really strange.

MoreSun
MoreSun

I’m guessing they refuse credit cards for gift card purchases

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Why?? Who’s gonna pay with Debit or Cash for a GC.

Superman
Superman

I went back and tried again with different cashier. Free Google home mini with $150 gift card and let me swipe credit card for $130.

newbie
newbie

bought 1 happy gift card for $150, asked to add google home mini, total came out $130 plus free google home mini, not sure how! thanks

Dan
Dan

good to know. thanks!

yanjie
yanjie

Brought $207 for happy lady card (only need to pay $187), got a free google mini, use $207 happy lady card at BBB bought a master gift card of $200! The amount on the happy card has to be greater or equal the amount of the gift card you bought from BBB ($200 + $6.95) and after swipe, has to select “credit”.

Got three free minis and 3 mater gift cards from BBB. Cheers!

The free mini deal gets extended to 11/26/2018 per office depot web site!

Superman
Superman

Nice, 3 GHMs free and nearly $40 MM, plus $50 BB&B arriving in your mailbox and $25 in your neighbor’s. You’re walking away with over $260 worth of free stuff. I’m taking notes!

Shawn D
Shawn D

yanjie, do you know if the fee is also $6.95 on $200 VGC at BBB?

Yanjie
Yanjie

yes, but BBB has the $200 master card deal with $25 BBB gift card back!
of course you can also buy the $200 VGC if you want.

Andrew
Andrew

Thank you yanjie! Did this same thing except only 2X not 3X like you. Also, don’t forget to use Chase Ink Cash to get 5X back!

Frugal_Squirrel
Frugal_Squirrel

yanjie Thank you, this was really helpful. I got 4 Happy Lady cards ($207 value for $187 each) and 4 free Home Minis. I was only able to buy one MCGC at BBB though (they were out of stock) so I will save the other 3 Happy Lady cards — hopefully we will see another gift card promo from BBB next month and I can use them then 🙂

yanjie
yanjie

if not, you can use it to buy the $200 VGC, the only catch is that you won’t get the $25 BBB rebate gift card.

H
H

What are the available values for Happy Guy cards? U got one card for $150?

newbie
newbie

50 -200 variable load and yes i asked them to load $150 and after discount and free mini, i paid $130. No need to load $170

newbie
newbie

Also, dont forget to add happy card to ebates or other cash back portal to get in-store cash back

Kumar
Kumar

Happy cards can be loaded between 50-500

avagian
avagian

bought 170 Happy GC today on 27th for 150 casheer said google home discount ended yesterday, i hope the GC is not compromised. Doc Please delete mentioning of the google home discount, this was updated and i saw it today with the title w/ google home but it was for yesterday.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Mine are $50-$500.

Superchurn
Superchurn

I was repeatedly refused the mini tonight when I tried to buy 2x$200 VGC, despite there being a giant poster on the store front actively advertising it. I checked the small print on the poster too, and gift cards were not excluded.

are all stores denying the mini for gift cards? or is this particular store just deciding to falsely advertise?

Dan
Dan

Just your store. Call corporate in front of them.

Jo
Jo

My store denied me, too. They said I can call corporate and that it is a company policy that gift cards don’t count towards the spend requirement. I’m assuming that is unless the spend requirement is specifically for the gift cards.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Dan – I strongly disagree. Getting Corporate involved just puts it under scrutiny and future offers will DEFINITELY exclude them and they will check for loopholes.

Superchurn and Jo – Go tomorrow grab a Mini off the shelf, grab some Gift Cards and maybe even a $1 filler item just for fun. The register is coded to automatically discount it, so don’t mention it to the cashier at all. To them it’s as if it’s an item you’re buying. Once they hit Total look down at the Pin Pad which shows the breakdown and it will show you $0.00 for the Google Home Mini.

Asking about it is definitely not the way to go with this…And yeah some stores are cool and will have no issue with it, but generally speaking I would just be low key about it.

Chris
Chris

They also told me gift cards won’t qualify for the free mini, but I got them to go ahead and ring it up anyway and voila! they were shocked it took off the $49 price of the mini. So not sure if your case is similar and they just aren’t aware that gift cards will work or if they just don’t want to even try. But I’m pretty sure if you can just get them to ring it up, the mini charge will be removed.

juanbeny
juanbeny

No need to mention the mini deal. Just bring vgc and mini to the cashier and let the computer do its work. You can always swipe/insert your credit card after discount is confirmed. If not, politely say sorry and move on.

H
H

I did got 3 Google home mini along with 2X $200 vgc in addition to $10 off from 3 different stores no questions asked

Josh
Josh

In additon the $10 off?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

I’m guessing he means the $10 off $300 VGC offered through Saturday.

Josh
Josh

Ahh I see. That’s why I was confused Bc this comment was posted today

aubergine
aubergine

our ODP/OM was out of the Google Mini. We already have a bunch though.

Josh
Josh

Same, sold out

Josh
Josh

Update: store #3 had it. She didn’t want to do the deal but it rang up as such so she let it go. 5.08 eastern time

Toddo
Toddo

Scored 1 during lunch. Went to another OD to try my luck again. They claimed all the happy gc had a problem so they took them off the shelf. YMMV.

Celia
Celia

Walked into Office Depot tonight, no one there due to a snowstorm overnight. Manager asked what brought me in, said Happy Gift card deal and he said, “oh and you get a free Google Mini.” There were a bunch on the table. Thanks for posting the extension.

test
test

Big fail today. Denied Google Mini in 1 OD and 1 OM store. “Manager says $150 purchase must be merchandise.”

Bought Happy Lady anyway because of Cheesecake Factory deal. Get denied again in CF store. “Manager says cannot buy gift card with gift card.”

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Lol it’s a Visa though even on the back it says for merchants to run as Credit not as a Gift Card.

I’ve definitely gotten some eyes when paying with it for buying Visa Gift Cards, but no one has said anything. As long as it gets approved what’s the issue?

nick
nick

bought $150 in happy cards and ended up paying $130 with free google mini. guy at the register thought he entered the wrong amount on the happy card and i just told him it is a promotion…. can i use this happy $150 and buy a visa or mastercard gift card at home depot? thanks

veeRob

Probably not. But merchant gift card yes.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Uhm…yes you can. I’ve been buying Visa at HD but my local ones only have $100 VGC with a $5.95 Purchase Fee 🙁

veeRob

Thanks, DoC!

Hit 3 OD stores after 6pm. 2 out of 3 had no issues with the free Mini. The 3rd told me gift cards don’t work, and I asked him to ring it up. He said even if it did ring up as $0 he wouldn’t do it! I asked him to show me any documentation saying gift cards are excluded, and he could not produce anything, so he reluctantly rang me up and, of course, the Mini was free. Earned that third one though! I can’t even tell if this was a mistake or as intended.

Had another $50 Happy GC from the grocery card deal and hit Home Depot. No issue buying an Arco GC at self checkout. Went back with 4x$50 and figured I’d try to see if it auto-drained. It did, but needed an employee’s approval and she checked my ID. Luckily she didn’t say anything about paying with the GC. Drained one $170 card and used $30 off another. Will do the rest later.

This has been a great Cyber Monday deal. Got ~12% off gas for the next few months and a few free Google Home Mini’s! Thanks again, DoC!

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