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This Saturday, American Express is offering what they call “Small Business Saturday”

small-business-saturday-2014I’ve written a few posts already about how you can link up any American Express cards that you have to earn 3 different $10 statement credits by shopping at qualified small businesses.  If you need more information about what you need to do to take advantage of things

(READ: Free money with Amex Small Business Saturday)

(READ: Amex Small Business Saturday – $30 per Amex card)

(READ: Amex Small Business Saturday – Registration opens Sunday)

I thought I would share my plans for how I plan to approach things.  I’d love to hear your plans and let me know if you think I’m missing something or have any changes you might suggest:

My American Express cards

Between Carolyn and I, we have 6 eligible American Express cards.

I registered all 6 of them on American Express’s Small Business Saturday website and now it’s time to plan on where to use them.

The Small Businesses

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The Small Business Saturday website map isn’t the greatest, but it is a little useful in determining what counts as a small business and what doesn’t (sometimes it’s not as obvious as you might think)

Here is the plan I came up with for my 18 statement credits – all gift cards unless otherwise specified:

  1. 7 at the Kenwood Theater, a local first-run movie theater.  This will allow us to go out together as a family to see a matinee, with enough left over for Carolyn and I to have a separate date
  2. 1 at El Rancho Grande, which I’ll do as a $30 gift card purchase.  This will satisfy my signup bonus for the American AAdvantage dining program, earning me an additional 2000 miles.
  3. 2 at Busken Bakery – mmmm donutsbusken-bakery
  4. 2 at Graeter’s Ice Cream – mmmm more donuts! (and the ice cream is amazing also!)
  5. 3 at Currito’s, which is a burrito place similar to Chipotle
  6. 3 at Ferrari’s Little Italy, a local Italian restaurant.

What do you think?  What are your plans?  Leave us a note in the comments

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