Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our American Express Small Business Saturday experience

As many of you know, yesterday was the 4th annual American Express Small Business Saturday. This year, AMEX cardholders could earn a $10 statement credit after making a purchase of $10 or more at participating small businesses. 

While the promotion was not nearly as good as it has been in the past ($25 off $25 spend), free money is still free money.   We had 9 American Express cards between the two of us to work with:

We started our morning with some delicious waffles and lattes at Bruxie. I had the classic vanilla crème waffle with burnt raw sugar and fresh strawberries for $10.21 and my wife had the “Elvis Bruxie,” with creamy peanut butter, honey, bananas, and bacon in a gourmet waffle sandwich bill for $10.69. We paid for our meals separately and after our $10 statement credits, our meals will have only cost 21 cents and 69 cents.
Next, we went to Two Wheeler Dealer, our local bicycle store where I went to get my bicycle tuned up.  I hit another goathead last week and needed a new inner tube. This time a shop employee installed a tire guard with a new inner tube to better protect my tire.  This plus a tune up of my bike cost $12.02.  After my American Express statement credit, the service cost will be only $2.02.
Since it is getting darker earlier, I also needed some lighting for my bike. I purchased the Nite Rider Mako 5.0 and TL 5.0 light set at the shop for $32.39.   It was a little more expensive than at Amazon, however I felt good knowing that I was supporting my local bike shop.  After $10 statement credit, my new light setup will only cost me $22.39.  I'm excited to test out my new bicycle lighting setup tomorrow evening on my ride home.
Finally, we used our last 5 AMEX cards to buy five $10 Jersey Mike's Subs gift cards.  They are a local sandwich shop that makes deliciously fresh submarine sandwiches on freshly baked bread.  $50 worth of Jersey Mike's gift cards should give us about 5 future free meals.

We will end up spending only $25.31 to upgrade my bike, have a great brunch, and get $50 worth of submarine sandwiches in the future.  $90 free money is something we couldn't say no to.  All in all, it was a great day. 

How did you spend your American Express Small Business Saturday?

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