If you aren’t hip to this week’s Small Business Saturday awesome deal – read my post on it. Enrollment started in the wee small hours of the night. It ends on Small Business Saturday – November 24th. Go to ShopSmall.com and plug in all of your American Express cards. Go on now – GIT! I did and immediately got an email thanking me. If you don’t see an email, check your junk folder to make sure your card is enrolled.
Once enrolled at ShopSmall.com, check out their map of participating small businesses. Type the name of the business in the search box or search by zip code to plan your attack. I have so many cards to use that I am going to get multiple $25 gift certificates at a couple of my favorite restaurants – and a lube job.
Please do this for yourself and the Mom & Pop business trying to make a living. This is a generous promotion from American Express and it really helps small businesses.
It’ll be tight, but here’s a last minute idea for you. Remember that authorized users on your American Express card can register their cards as well. You can still add authorized users. You may have time. It’s worth a shot.
Call the number on the back of your card. Add your spouse, significant other or adult child as authorized users. Amex customer service told me that they’d overnight the cards to me if I provided their social security number and birthdate. The cards are on your account, but you do not have to give the card to the authorized user. You could keep the cards but only use them for this. Amex’ CSR said that only positive activity will appear on the authorized user’s credit report – nothing negative. Take yourself and your authorized user posse out to dinner and put all your cards to work!
You must spend at least $25 per transaction. You CAN buy multiple things that add up to $25 or more, but spending $10 here, and $8 there, and $7 over there will NOT qualify for the $25 statement credit. Have fun!
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