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Black Friday has resulted in some serious point hauls for my family. While I am ecstatic about the number of points we earned for purchases we were going to make anyway, we certainly did our fair share of spending to stimulate the economy today. 🙂 So, I am very happy to remind you all that tomorrow is “American Express Free Money Day” – otherwise known as Small Business Saturday.
Admittedly, much of my spending today was at large chain stores, so I think it is perfect timing to not only spend some “free” money, but do it at local small businesses. I have many family members who make a living with their small businesses, so I have a close personal connection to wanting to see mom and pop shops succeed. I also have a close personal connection with wanting free money, so here is a reminder about how Small Business Saturday works:
- Register each and every American Express card and additional cardholder cards you can find. I know many of us have quite a few cards and additional card holder cards in our house! This promotion applies to Amex cards actually issued by Amex (such as the Starwood American Express, Premier Rewards Gold Card, Gold Delta Skymiles, etc….) as well as Amex branded cards that are actually issued through banks like Citibank such as the AAdvantage American Express Card. They all reportedly worked last year, and have all been registering just fine this year. For the additional card holders, only the ones issued by Amex seem to work since they technically have their own account numbers. The additional card holders on the Citibank ones are the same card number.
- Tomorrow (11/26) go out and spend at least $25 at a small business on each card that you registered. Of course, the small business has to accept American Express cards. Here is what Amex says about what qualifies as a small business: Eligible small business merchants are independently owned small businesses located in the United States that accept the American Express Card. Purchases made at large or national chain stores, at franchised business locations and at government agencies are not eligible. Prepaid, Corporate Cards and ExpressPay transactions are not eligible.
- There is no all inclusive list of all eligible small businesses, but you can get some ideas about some eligible small businesses in your area by going to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.
- The $25 you spent on each card will be repaid to you in the form of a statement credit that is generally issued within 5 business days after your qualifying purchase, but may take up to 2 billing cycles to post to your account.
It’s really that easy. Free money, revenue for local shops, and maybe even some bonus points for you! As I mentioned, I will be using my seven Amex cards (counting the authorized user cards) to get gift certificates to a local restaurant that will be doing the catering for Little C’s upcoming birthday. They are on the dining rewards plan, so I will be earning bonus United miles while getting “free” gift certificates, while getting credits toward the United “Months of Miles” targeted promo, and the “Sweeten the Deal” dining promo, while stimulating the local economy. That has the making of the perfect day in the Mommy Points world!
So, where will you be spending your Small Business Saturday money??
Disclosure: Some of the links to various American Express cards in this post are mine, some are not. For those that are mine, I will receive a commission in the event that you are approved for the card by using my link. All links listed are to the best available sign-up offers that I am aware of. I love my own Amex cards, and I love free money (Small Business Saturday!), so whether I get paid or not, I really do think that Amex has some great promos for their card members!