Small Business Saturday: One of My Favorite Days of the Year

Today is one of my favorite days of the year- American Express Small Business Saturday!

American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 to “help businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year”.
To help with this, Amex is offering card members a $25 statement credit for enrolling their card and spending $25 or more in a single- in store transaction at a small business.

Last year Kim and I combined, used seven Amex cards on SBS. Originally we planned to use them at various stores and restaurants to buy $25 gift cards. However, we thought it over and came up with a plan to use our statement credits to buy one, big item.

Stock photo of our Cybex Aton

There was a very nice (but pricey) car seat that Kim and I wanted to buy in preparation for the arrival of Lucas. We found a store willing to help us out in a couple of ways. They allowed us to price-match the car seat to a lower price and let us pay for the purchase with our stack of American Express cards.

This allowed us to buy a $200 car seat for $25. Due to how nice they were at the store we actually ended up buying a few more items. We purchased $300 in goods which cost us $125 out of pocket. This shows how Small Business Saturday really does work. We could’ve ordered these items online but thanks to American Express we saved a lot of money and a small business made a pretty large sale!
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Once again, Kim and I have seven Amex cards to use on SBS. All types of American Express cards quality for this promo.

The cards we have are:

Michael’s Cards:

  1. Gold Card
  2. Gold Business Card
  3. Delta SkyMiles Card
  4. & 5. Citi American Airlines Cards

Kim’s Cards:

  1. Blue Card
  2. Citi AA Card

This year we have an eighth card to use. However, it is not a credit card.
FedEx is a sponsor of Small Business Saturday and for the second year in a row gave away 40,000- $25 gift cards ($1 million). I was lucky enough to win one of these cards!
The giveaway was done through Facebook (you can read more about it here).

Thank You FedEx!

Kim and I haven’t decided on what we will use our free $200 on just yet, but we have some ideas. We are planning to spread the money around this year. We might try to use 4 cards in one store on something we need for Lucas. Another credit might go towards lunch and the rest we’ll figure out during the day.

We will be sure to have a fun day shopping thanks to American Express!

Enrollment for earning the $25 statement credit is currently still available. If you have any Amex cards you can enroll them HERE.

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