A Black Friday Alternative: Shop Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24, 2012

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Are you tired of the traffic, crowding, and sometimes downright dangerous behavior at the malls during the after Thanksgiving sales, specifically Black Friday?   Then you might want to consider shopping small businesses, boutiques and markets in your neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 24th.  You’ll skip the crowds, and get some nice incentives from American Express if you are a card holder. American Express card members who enroll online via Facebook for Small Business Saturday incentives, and then use their cards at a small business that accepts American Express on Nov. 24th, (aka Small Business Saturday), will earn a $25 statement credit.  I did this last year, and I received the statement credit very promptly from American Express on my December statement after signing up in mid November, so I can personally vouch for the savings you’ll receive from this program. Enrollment for the American Express $25 Statement Credit Cardmember Offer opens November 18 here.

To learn more, follow the discussions on Twitter using hashtag#SmallBizSat or check out the Facebook group.  Props to American Express for supporting Small Business Owners.   They haven’t had an easy time in this economy, to it’s important to remember them during the holiday shopping season.  Many of them have great deals too, they just don’t have the large advertising budgets that the big brands have to reach the mass market.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.