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OfficeMax offers penny deal on backpacks

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Here's a nice deal for penny-pinching parents doing their back-to-school shopping.

Coming up this Sunday, OfficeMax will be offering a repeat of one of last year's most popular deals -- a backpack for a penny.

This is how it works:

Purchase a backpack or messenger bag between July 28 and Aug. 3 at an OfficeMax store or online, using the chain's "MaxPerks Bonus Rewards" card.

If you don't have one, you can sign up at the register or online. They're free.

You'll pay the full-price of the backpack at the register, but you'll receive all but a penny back in rewards to spend on a future shopping trip. Not as good as cash back, but still an excellent deal.

One more thing: Rewards are issued monthly so that does lock you in to another shopping trip.

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