Holiday Shopping Challenge

The holidays can be challenging.  Especially, financially.  Children start to get older and gifts start to get more expensive.  Being a parent can be challenging because we strive to give our children the best of everything even if that means pinching pennies elsewhere to do so.

One really cool way to stretch the dollar further is to use a credit card that give you something back.

American Express launched their Membership Rewards 20 years ago as a first of it’s kind program.  They offer more than a million rewards from over 500 brands.

It’s easy to use points and they never expire!  You can earn points on just about anything!  From groceries to gas to paying your taxes and back to school shopping.  You start earning points right away and can redeem them any time.  You can earn points to redeem for a gift card from Victoria’s Secret or Old Navy with as little as 1000 points or save up and pay for a trip!

American Express is a HUGE supporter of Small Business Saturday!  Were you out shopping the sales on Saturday?  If so, tell me which small businesses you supported  for a chance to win a $250 gift card of your choice!

Win It!

A gift card of your choice valued at $250!

Entry Requirements

Were you out shopping the sales on the Saturday after Thanksgiving?  If so, tell me which small businesses you supported  for a chance to win a $250 gift card of your choice!

The Fine Print

No purchase necessary to enter.  Open to legal residents of USA, must be least 18 years of age to enter. Winner will be selected randomly through http://random.org. Detroit Mommies writers and contributors are ineligible to participate. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. Detroit Mommies is not responsible products shipped from outside vendors or sponsors.  The contest will close on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 11:59:59 p.m. EST and winners selected on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Winners must respond to Detroit Mommies within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

 

Winner:

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Timestamp: 2011-12-07 16:14:23 UTC

Disclosure:  I was given American Express Membership Rewards points to get some gift cards for my family and was compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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Jill
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Yes I was!!! I stopped and got some cupcakes at just baked in Livonia 🙂

Benjamin
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Benjamin

We went to the Dragonfly Boutique in Rochester and also went in several other little shops. Love downtown Rochester!

Irina
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Irina

Had a fun day at The Village Toy Company on SBS.

richard twark
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richard twark

I supported an ndulge cupcake eatery local business in Bellefonte PA

joseph gersch jr
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joseph gersch jr

I supported a local shop bella donna in State college pa

Dawn
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Dawn

Our family shopped at the Funky Frog in Rochester. Love that place!

Michelle
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Michelle

We supported Leon & Lulu in Clawson!

Kevin Bell
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Kevin Bell

Yes, we went to our local nearby grocery store, Mike’s Market, to get some meat! They’re always so friendly at the meat counter and will cater to any special order we have! The prices are great too, plus it’s very high quality!

Lauren
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Lauren

I tried to support as many small businesses as possible that day. The purple bear in Birmingham, love child in royal oak and peekabootique in west Bloomfield.

Alison @CouponKitchen
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Alison @CouponKitchen

I shopped at one of my favorite local shops, Hazelwood Soap Company in Waynesville, NC.

Karen Dybis
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Karen Dybis

We were in Chicago, so we went to Uncle Fun, a great novelty store.

Roseanne Alonso
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Roseanne Alonso

We went to RWC and are ordering our shower glass door from them. It’s great to support out local businesses!

Anne Schuster
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Anne Schuster

Leon and Lulu’s in Clawson. I could spend hours in that store, they have everything! Furniture, clothing, fancy bath stuff, candles, and hilarious gifts. I love love love it.

Laila @OnlyLaila
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Laila @OnlyLaila

I supported local toy stores. The one in my community is ‘My Favorite Toy Store’. I love finding unique toys for my son.

Trish@MomOnTimeout
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We visited a local diner called Nick’s Diner – it was super good!

Tonia @ The Gunny Sack
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Yes, I was out shopping the small business in Canal Park in Duluth, MN!! The only names I can remember off the top of my head are Hepzibah’s Sweet Shopp and Northwoods.

Amy
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I shopped at Light Years Jewelry store in Durham. They have some of the cutest things. I picked up an adorable owl clutch.

Karen
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We went to our little downtown and popped in to a few neighborhood stores to pick up some goodies. Love supporting the little guys!

Rebecca e. Parsons
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I supported Twisted Sisters, Home Amelia, my fave bakery & coffee shop…also Ace hardware, Kmart…I shopped small all over town!!!

Kristy
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I love shopping at our local coffee shop, Stonehouse. I also love shopping the online boutiques on etsy that are small businesses.

Jules from A Little Bite of Life
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We have a local Vinegar and Oil shop called Olive Creations that I purchased some olive oils from.

Teresa
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Teresa

I went shopping at a few small antique stores in the Mt Pleasant area with family. We found several ‘treasures’.

Kari
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Kari

I picked up some toys and stocking stuffers at Little Monsters in Downtown Lake Orion…a fun place to shop!

Shari
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Shari

I shopped at Tennis and Golf in Royal Oak. For the past two years they send email reminders about Small Business Saturdays. Smart marketing! Great store with good customer service.

MonicaJohnson
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MonicaJohnson

I thought it was very cool how Amex promoted small business Saturday! I shopped at a cute gifty boutique called Pretty Penny. I was excited when I got the email from Amex that my $25 small business Saturday credit had been applied! Yay!

Dawn
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Dawn

I went shopping at Watch Hill Home Interiors in Birmingham.. Found great unique gifts for my sisters and mother in law. It’s a wonderful store owned by a local husband and wife.

Kristi
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Kristi

I went to funky frog in Rochester. I love that I can get name brand clothes for a fraction of the cost especially since my daughter will out grow them in no time.

Laura Meils
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Laura Meils

I love to go to Catching Fireflies in downtown Rochester- they have a great variety of gifts for
Most everyone. I love to support local businesses in my hometown