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Old 11-29-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Today is small business Saturday - register EACH of your amex cards at amex.com, spend $10+ per transaction at participating stores and get $10 statement credit back from Amex within 90 days - good for $30/ card. I'm shopping a local meat market for 5 1# packs of filet mignon, already had a nice $11 breakfast, and will hit the local liquor store for a few $10 off bottles of wine or booze.

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Old 11-29-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Darn, no Amex card. Was hoping this was an announcement of new gov. stimulus checks, like in ? '08 or was it '09 ?
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Thanks for the heads up, calmloki. I just registered my card and am going to head to my local Ace Hardware. Have been thinking about trying LED bulbs for a while, so this is my chance to get some for free. Then will head to my local grocery discount store and get some free groceries!

EDIT - just found that there's a taqueria close to me that qualifies, so it looks lke Mexican for lunch
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:34 PM   #4
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Found several of the places that were shown as amex participating sites either didn't take amex or only took it for $25+transactions. No matter - good beef for pocket change is just fine. A call first is advisable....
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Thanks for the reminder. for some reason I thought this event was over . Fortunately I used my AMEX at a registered liquor store today, and one of the restaurants by the hockey arena is on the list. Can't use it at the hockey game, because apparently the Colorado Avalanche, LLC is not considered a small business
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #6
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Found several of the places that were shown as amex participating sites either didn't take amex or only took it for $25+transactions. A call first is advisable....

That happened to us, too. They listed one place that I already knew didn't take AE, and another which told me this AM that they didn't. Still got refunds from 2 places, though. Too bad AE isn't very friendly to small businesses the other 364 days of the year.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:44 PM   #7
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They listed a liquor store I know has been empty for 6 months.
We used it for lunch at a Japanese restaurant, buy some groceries (x2) at local Mexican store, then had supper at our favorite Thai restaurant.
At total of 4 qualifying events (2 Amex cards).
Its our first time using this Amex offer, and it was a nice bonus. (if it works).
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:22 PM   #8
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I had lunch at a local taqueria - a nice chicken mole plate with a green salad and caramel cookie for dessert. The price was $10.36, meaning I got it for just 36 cents.

Then I cycled to the local Ace Hardware and bought 2 60W equivalent LED bulbs for $13.06 - meaning that I got them for $3.06.

To top off my spending spree, I went to the discount grocery store and spent $11.91 on lots of soap and toothpaste. Original price $11.91 - price to me just $1.91.

I'm happy. Thanks calmloki!

I mentioned it on Facebook and one of my friends registered but she didn't have as much luck as me, as she went well over the $10 limit with her transactions!
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I registered my card and then tried to use the map to find places that were participating. The map application was worse than useless. I searched for shopping in a downtown zip code and it said there were no businesses. When I searched for a name of a store, it came up, but only with exact spellings.

That said, I did manage to get the Christmas gift for our niece at a store that qualified (I found out because I got a message from AMEX when the transaction went through). $10 is $10 so I'll take it.
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We have two cards but only one number, so only $30 for me but still it is free money, so why not? I'll have to get more Am Ex cards for next year.

Today I made three purchases, each one around $30, at two different Grocery Outlets for groceries, a big box filled with bottles of wine for the holidays and a few Christmas gifts. The wine is $17 a bottle on Amazon and $3.99 at G.O., so it was an especially good deal with the $30 back and the 2% normal cash back on the balance of the purchases.

I received three emails so all the transactions went through okay.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:57 AM   #11
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That sounds good but unfortunately I don't have Amex.

However, I just got a flyer in the mail and the Sears Card (by Citi) is offering 5% back in statement credit (up to $50) on eligible purchases between 11/14/14 and 12/31/14 once you go online (or call) and activate the offer. 5% sounds pretty good to me.
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Too bad I didn't find out about this over at the Bogleheads site until after I had had lunch at a participating restaurant using my 1.5% cash-back Visa. First year with an Amex card, so I had no experience with this event.

Oh, well, there's always next year (I hope).
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