Shop Small, Help Big

shopsmallNow I have heard everything.  Apparently some retailers are open on Thanksgiving, calling it Grey Thursday and many are not happy about this unorthodox shopping day.  This year make an effort to avoid the big box stores, crowds and crack-of-dawn shopping excursions so you can take the day off.  I have not shopped on Black Friday for as long as I can remember for the previously mentioned reasons.  What I will wholeheartedly support is Small Business Saturday on November 24th, which is the Saturday after Black Friday after Grey Thursday.

Small Business Saturday by American Express allows you to get back a ONE TIME $25 statement credit when you spend $25 or more at a qualifying small business on Saturday, November 24th.  Enroll your card(s) here and don’t wait because there are limited number of enrollments.

Find out which of your favorite local small businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday.

TIP –  Spend your credit to offset an expensive dinner out: use your enrolled card to purchase a $25 gift certificate to your favorite participating restaurant.  Even better, if you have enrolled multiple American Express cards you get $25 for each for a larger value.  It is a win-win for you and your favorite small businesses.  I did this last year and was able to enjoy an expensive and fancy meal at an unbelievably low price after my gift certificate balance.

Vote with your wallet and support small businesses.  As I look at this as a tiny bailout for the people, $25 at a time.  Take advantage of free money, Ma and Pa will thank you. – GreenUp! Guy

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