On November 26, 2011, American Express sponsored a Small Business Saturday promotion where you could earn a $25 statement credit for spending at least $25 at a small business. This year they had a list of all eligible small businesses on their Facebook page.
Registration was required ahead of time and was limited to a certain number of users.
We had participated in 2010 and were very prepared with all of our cards in advance. When the registration opened, we registered ourselves and all of our additional cardholders.
On November 26, we piled into the car with all of our additional cardholders and headed out to spend money at small businesses.
We ended up with:
2 – $25 gift certificates to a local Thai food restaurant
2 – $25 gift cards to a local wing restaurant (with $10 gift card bonus for gift card purchase)
1 – $100 gift card to a local computer shop (they were running a buy a $100 gift card for $50 promo)
1 – $25 gift certificate to a local steak restaurant
2 – $25 gift certificates to a top rated Mexican food restaurant
$50 worth of steaks and meat from a local butcher
2 – $25 gift certificates to a local salon
2 – $25 toys from a local toy store
Total spend: $383.25
Total statement credits: $375
Total value: $435
We were happy to support local businesses and will be participating again in 2012.