School Shopping, Saving Money, and a $100 Amex Giveaway!

Amex Offers

Hey friends!  With the kids headed to school soon (and my littlest one starting Kindergarten!), I am feeling anxious but also excited as I prepare for the school year.  I came across an opportunity recently to share how my American Express (Amex) credit card can save me money on back to school items.  Money-saving tips are not usually the focus of this space, BUT I love my Amex so much, I really thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about it.  This is real life, friends. More on the back to school savings in a minute; first I want to tell you a couple other things about my Amex.  

We’ve used Amex for years – I’ve had my computer screen replaced free of charge because of the automatic extended warranty from Amex.  When someone walked into a cell phone store and tried to make a purchase for hundreds of dollars on a fraudulent copy of our Amex card, Amex was on top of it in a heartbeat, keeping the incident stress-free for us.  When I shopped at some really sketchy shops in the L.A. fabric district, I used my Amex with confidence.  All that is wonderful, BUT if you ask my girlfriends, they will tell you that I rave about my Amex with respect to the furnishings in my house that I’ve been able to purchase using my Amex Rewards Points.  About once a year, my husband and I take a look at our rewards points and decide on a larger purchase for our home.  We’ve purchased our kitchen table and chairs, our dining room table, all of the paint and crown molding for this bedroom, and the chandelier and lamps for this room, all using our rewards points.  How awesome is that! Amex Offers

Amex has recently launched a new program called Amex Offers.  I’m able to open the Amex app on my iPhone, and tap a button to see retail offers that are available in my area (the app pulls from my GPS location to give me offers nearby). You can also access the same offers/savings on your desktop computer.   It’s seriously cool – I was headed to lunch and errands with the girls the other day and I opened the app, saw that Buca di Beppo had a rewards offer going on.  I “saved” the offer to my card and we pulled in and had lunch.  Then we drove across the street to Whole Foods and stocked up on fancy cheese and heirloom tomatoes (plus school snacks).  And THEN, we walked over to Crazy 8 and picked up some school clothes for the girls.  I’m going to get a credit (e.g. $15 back when I spend $50) on my Amex card for each of those purchases and I didn’t have to carry coupons with me or have the store scan something or do anything more than tap a couple buttons on my phone while walking into the stores!

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Amex provides offers that they think will be relevant for me based on the stores that I frequent and purchases I’ve made, so it’s not like I’m spending money at places that I wouldn’t otherwise go to.  I LOVE Whole Foods!  I love going out to restaurants!  And even though I’d rather my girls just stopped growing, the fact remains that they need clothes for the new school year!

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I’ve just started using Amex Offers, so I’m curious to see the types of offers they continue to come up over the coming months (and for Christmas shopping!!)  For right now, I feel a little better about the back to school shopping that has to get done.  And…more savings on the other stuff means more money for FABRIC, am I right???

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Grace was especially excited to show off her new school clothes – hee, hee.  

What do you think you’d like most about the new AMEX Offers?  Tell me in the comments below to be entered to win a $100 American Express gift card (and THAT can get YOU cheese, tomatoes, and fabric!)

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says

    i like that their are many to choose from, you can find one or more that you like and can take advantage of.

  2. Tabitha says

    Would love to have offers in one place. It’s hard to organize coupons, mailers and flyers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Julie Wood says

    What I like the best is being able to open the Amex app on my iPhone, and see retail offers that are available in my area! I can can also access the same offers/savings on my desktop computer. This is really cool to me because this will save me a lot of time and I can get the best deals in my area!!

  4. Kristin says

    Just what sales are going on when and where…I feel like it’s hard to keep track of everything and I always miss out on the good deals :)

  5. Amber says

    We use AMEX for all purchases but I didn’t know about this app. It’s great to have all of their offers right on your phone. This may persuade us to pick a certain restaurant based on the promo. Great idea, Amex!

  6. says

    I love rewards, but the real favorite would have to be the extended warranty or the peace of mind with fraud protection.

    We might need to look at AmEx. We use a rewards card for nearly all of our carrying costs, and I am all for making it as worthwhile as possible.

  7. Tana says

    Would be great to get the deal just by using your regular credit card instead if coupons, codes or saving all of your receipts for uploading.

  8. says

    How handy to have the promotions on your phone! I’m always forgetting my coupons as I’m busy wrangling the baby and her baggage. Thanks for the info and opportunity!

  9. Birdiebee says

    I love the fact that one can purchase items with the Amex Rewards Points they have earned. This is so awesome!

  10. Nicole Dz says

    I like that you can open the Amex app on your phone, and tap a button to see retail offers that are available in your area nearby. Very cool!

  11. Anita says

    I don’t have an Amex card but my husband has one, I need to ask him to check into it for me. The offers sound great.

  12. Robin says

    I love that you can load the stores directly to the card. No fumbling for coupons of pulling something up on your phone for a cashier to scan. That’s seriously handy. Getting money back for places you go anyway is win/win!

  13. Stacey Dalton says

    I love that you can get use a coupon without having to carry a coupon. I like saving coupons but I rarely have the coupon for the right store with me, so loading it on your card is awesome!

  14. Tammy says

    I love that the offers pop up on my mobile, it would be perfect for those unexpected trips when your coupons are left behind at home. I am also a big fan of Amex as a company – I consider them the Nordstrom of financial companies because they are truly all about customer service as well as investment in their people and are not afraid to lead the way to stand head and shoulders above everyone else. I am looking forward to adding the app to my phone!

  15. Susan Smith says

    I like that I don’t have to carry coupons with me or have the store scan something to get the offer.

  16. Barbara P. says

    I like that the offers are close to where you are and have shopped in the past. Also the extended warranty and rewards are also great perks.

  17. Jessie C. says

    I like they tailor the offers to my needs, I use offers for back to school shopping and dining out while saving some bucks.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  18. D Schmidt says

    I love that AmEx Offers are tailored towards each individual card holder based on where they have shopped in the past!

  19. Gina M says

    I love that I don’t have to remember to carry a coupon with me.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  20. Natalie says

    I love that it customizes offers for you based on where you shopped in the past! I also love you can connect your card to social networks!

  21. Carolsue says

    I sometimes forget about promotions/specials/coupons, but if they are on my phone I will be less inclined to forget. Great app.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  22. Karen Propes says

    I love American Express, we have 2, 1 for purchases and one for our business. The rewards are endless, we too use our rewards for Christmas gifts to others or ourselves. They offer so many deals and I just found out that on Shoprunner for AMex card holders get unlimited free shipping and returns at participating online merchants as long as you keep an AMEX card registered with them. What a find !!!!!. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  23. Christina G. says

    What I like most about the new AMEX Offers is the wide variety of bargains available. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Ellie W says

    I love the great deals. My favorite is the $20 back when you spend $40 at Amazon. That is an awesome deal. I wish I had an AMEX.

  25. Anastasia says

    I LOVE being able to load offers from several places to your card! It’s like a frequent shopper card for everything you love, no matter where you shop! So easy to save everywhere you go and on everything! I’m excited to see more of what they have to offer :)

  26. emmy says

    I really appreciate being able to ‘stack’ deals such as coupons, sales, and then now this Amex opportunity to. A person can really save some money this way if they try hard enough!

  27. Trish says

    Love my Amex and this new program! Who doesn’t love saving $. I like that I don’t have to carry coupons around!

  28. Sue Barney says

    I like that there are a variety of deals to places that I actually shop, so I can really save money on things that I need .

  29. Diana Dora says

    I love that I can view all the Amex offers in my area on my iPhone with their app. That will be super convenient for me!

  30. Thomas Murphy says

    I like that you can Connect your Amex Card to social networks including Facebook and save offers to your card right there.

  31. Megan Filzen says

    I think most of us have tight budgets and the money back offer are important for us “savvy” individuals! Thank You for the chance to win!

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