Around Thanksgiving time, those of us shopping for holiday gifts know about the deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday (my personal favorite) and for the past four years the Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday began in 2010 by American Express to encourage us to remember our local merchants and their brick and mortar stores when shopping for holiday gifts. Each year that they have sponsored it, those of us who have synched our credit cards to the American Express offer, have received a credit on our bill when we shopped these local merchants.
This year you will get a $10 statement credit after spending $10 or more in a single transaction (must be in store and not online) at any qualifying merchant on Small Business Saturday.
Not every small business takes part in Small Business Saturday. American Express does charge the merchants the highest in fees. To be sure that your merchant does participate, make sure you go here after you register your card:
To use this, “erase” the New York when it comes up on the screen and add in your zip code. You’ll see top recommendations but you can also choose dining, shopping, services, etc. When I went to dining, I found 10 pages of restaurants that I could purchase gift cards for and then get a statement credit. That’s my plan for Small Business Saturday.
Register your card on November 16th by going to this link. I’d do it sooner than later as they limit the number of registrations.
You can link ALL of your American Express cards. I’m told that even your Bluebird card could be linked though not your Target Redbird). If you have an American Express Hilton card, you can link that. The same with the SPG American Express card.
As I mentioned earlier, we plan on buying restaurant gift cards, get the credit and then eat out during 2015 – sounds like a winning plan to me.
What will you be purchasing on Small Business Saturday?