Fun to me, at least. So as a million blogs have informed you by now, American Express’ annual Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 29th and registration is now open. For unfamiliar:
– You can register EACH American Express card you have for this promotion
– Authorized users count as separate cards, so if you and your spouse each have cards on the same account you can register both separately
– Registration qualifies you for three $10 credits when you spend $10 or more at qualifying small businesses
– You can register here.
– Search for small businesses that qualify here (most also have the “Shop Small” sign up)
Basically, Small Business Saturday can net you up to $30 of free stuff per AMEX. The first time I participated, Jess and I came up with a little game. It boiled down to “who can get the best stuff while spending the least over the limit.” Back then it was easy, we had up to $25 to spend.
Half the fun was just running around together to different stores. I also would like to believe I “won” because I bought something sentimental – a bottle of wine from a region we had visited in Burgundy the year prior.
The reality is, we don’t have the time these days to go run a bunch of stores and make $150 in purchases, especially since we’d have to go to three different stores to get the full $30 back. In fact I’ve only registered two cards so far because I think that’s all I’ll be able to handle.
Still, I’d like to play in some way, shape, or form. I generally think of Small Business Saturday as a chance to buy some things to “spoil” myself or my loved ones while supporting small businesses at the same time. Maybe I’ll make a little blog contest for a nominal prize since I’m curious to see how people spend their “free” money. We’ll see about that.
Anyway, just wanted to share – might be something fun for you points enthusiasts/super savers out there!