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Much to the chagrin of kids all over, summer is slowly coming to an end which mean’s it’s back-to-school shopping season! Every day you open your mailbox to new mailers advertising sales left and right for items ranging from mechanical pencils to steals on laptops and tablets. All of these items are necessities for the beginning of the school year, but knowing how to shop efficiently for them is the key. I buy a lot of items from Office Depot and other supply stores and I always use my Chase Ink Bold for purchases. The card give a whopping 5x on points, at some stores you can even purchase gift cards for Southwest Airlines, Home Depot, Lowes, Starbucks, and Amazon which is a great quick way to rack up points.

Since shopping for school supplies can be a costly endeavor, we wanted to give one lucky TPG reader the opportunity to win a $500 Office Depot gift card which will help pay for those crayons, TI-82’s and more! Visit our Facebook Sweeps Page to enter. Enter by 11:59pm EST on Monday, August 18th and one lucky entrants will be picked at random to win.

Last Week’s Winners

Last week in honor of the Captain’s Club loyalty program, Celebrity Cruises gave us some great prizes to giveaway to our reader. We had nearly 7,000 entrants and four lucky winners were randomly picked to win some excellent prizes:

Winner of an iPad Mini – Melissa B.

Winner of a pair of Bose QC3 Noise Canceling Headphones – Jennifer W.

Winner of a GoPro Hero3 Camera – Ben Z.

Winner of Ultimate Ears Waterproof Speakers – Erica B.

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Congrats to our winners, and stay tuned for more great giveaways here on the blog and on TPG TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Safe travels!

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Annual Fee
$550
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Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
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