I am a planner. A serious planner. To be honest, I have several gifts already purchased for Christmas. When I see a fabulous deal on an item I know someone on my list is going to want (or will appreciate) then I grab it. With four children and an extended family I am no where near done, though.
American Express has asked me to participate in their Holiday Shopping Challenge. My challenge… I have 40,000 membership rewards points to purchase the perfect holiday gift for 5 of my loved ones. This is going to take some serious planning and strategy, but I think I can do it.
After resting up from Black Friday, I will definitely be participating in Small Business Saturday. Have you heard of this?
American Express is encouraging us all to buy local by purchasing from a local small business on November 26th. They are even going to reward you with a $25 statement credit for participating! How? It’s easy… register an eligible American Express Card and use that card for your purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26th.
Take the pledge and be rewarded for shopping local this Saturday!
Do YOU have a budget this year? How do you plan to stick to it?
Here are a few ways I’m shopping smart this holiday season:
I’m shopping clearance, sales and even thrift stores (yes, thrift stores… they have fabulous items that can be re-purposed for their original intent or something new!).
ALWAYS bring coupons when available (remember electronic coupons, too… places like Target send them weekly).
Take advantage of promotions like B1G1.
Outlet Malls can save some serious money… but beware! Some prices are not steals!
Cash in reward points on credit cards for holiday purchases.
Group savings sites like Groupon
These are just a dip in the bucket as I am always scheming new ways to save money!
One lucky OurKidsMom reader is going to win a $250 gift certificate of their choice from American Express!
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