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Back to School Savings Idea

Summer is by far my favorite season.  Long, leisurely days, paper white butterflies dancing around our lavender, long evenings where the sun doesn’t want to set and instead glows golden around tables with friends as we talk, eat, sip and all the children play in the pool, dipping in and out.  To this day, even as a mom, my heart clenches when I see ‘Back to School’ commercials–I am not even going back to school.  Yet my daughter is excited, she is starting a new school this year, and what we see as a new chapter in her life.
Our family is on a budget, as many families are.  As our daughter makes the big transition from elementary school to middle school, we have a shopping list for school that is different than times in the past, more specific and defined, it seems to us.   Andrew and I always try to get creative with our family and saving money, it allows us to do more when we get smart about it, which is why I wanted to share this about American Express.  Something American Express does already allow for us to save money, seamlessly.  As we prepare our daughter for school, attend orientations and meetings, and find the right supplies, we discovered Amex Offers – a way to save at our favorite stores without needing coupons or codes. 

For instance, here is one real example:  If you spend $75 at Whole Foods with your Amex, you get $10 instantly.  


They find offers that fit you based on where you have shopped, so it’s kind of “tailored to you,” in a way even based on where you are near as you are out and about, and then you save money on your next Card Member statement.  Money you can use for seasonal needs, like Back to School items.

So, you can find all the offers online to see what there is before you shop.  Log into the Amex Offers site with your account ID and click “Amex Offers For You” to browse available offers. Click ‘Save Offer’ to save it to your account.  No clipping coupons or remembering codes, it’s just easy.  Plus, there are tons of offers available to suit whatever you already like.  Actually, card members have saved over $90 million with Amex Offers.

With all of this said, please be very careful with credit card purchases.  Log in and find your deals that truly suit your family’s needs and will actually save you money.  Have a budget, and use it wisely.  One of the best things we have ever done for our family was to take the Dave Ramsey class, and we were shocked by how much money we could use to pay off debt, and then save when we were careful, and mindful–to the penny with our monthly purchases.  Being careful with our money and budgeting and sticking to it relentlessly, has meant on the same budget I can stay home with my kids, something worth more than any monetary value to me.   I share these Amex deals to point your family towards true savings, not to encourage reckless credit card us. Please be wise and enjoy!
You can be walking around and alerted of nearby savings tailored to you, pretty cool!

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  • Lauren August 4, 2014, 9:58 am

    Saving money at Whole Foods? Sign me up! 😉
    Seriously, sounds great though. I am terrible – we have two credit cards and neither of them come with any rewards. I need to get moving on changing that!

    • tinyteam August 4, 2014, 9:11 pm

      Use a cash only envelope, Dave Ramsey style and is you HAVE to use a cc, this one CAN hook you up! 😉

  • Kelly D August 4, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I like the offer for $20 back when you spend $40 at Amazon.

  • Mami2jcn August 4, 2014, 6:02 pm

    The Dollar Tree offer (spend $101, get $20 back) is fantastic! I could buy a lot of school supplies.

  • Kelly D August 4, 2014, 6:02 pm
  • Mami2jcn August 4, 2014, 6:03 pm


  • Nicole Dz August 4, 2014, 6:11 pm

    My favorite Amex offer is the best buy offer. We love shopping there.

  • Nicole Dz August 4, 2014, 6:12 pm
  • Elena August 4, 2014, 7:34 pm

    My favorite is Amazon offer (spend $40 get $20 back)

  • Elena August 4, 2014, 7:37 pm
  • Angie h August 4, 2014, 7:37 pm

    I think my favorite offer is the whole foods one, or JCPenney

  • heather August 4, 2014, 7:44 pm

    My favorite AMEX offer is the Best Buy one I need a new computer soon.

  • Katie August 4, 2014, 9:08 pm

    Okay holy moly. The Amazon one for sure!! But these are some great options overall! We are all about exploiting rewards for our benefit 🙂

    • tinyteam August 4, 2014, 9:11 pm

      RIGHT!? Us too 🙂

  • Kelly Bryson August 4, 2014, 9:29 pm

    I chose the AMEX TRAVEL — spend $250 and get $50 back — yes please!

  • Nicole August 4, 2014, 9:51 pm

    We do use Amex as our main cc (with another as a backup). We love the cash back we get each year and that it is connected to Costco, since we shop there a lot. Between Costco rewards and Amex, we get about $800-1000 back each year. And yes, the secret to cc’s i think is to pay them off in full each month.

  • Cassie Rivera August 4, 2014, 10:00 pm

    The Amazon deal is AMAZING! I would use it for that for sure!

  • Cassie Rivera August 4, 2014, 10:06 pm
  • Megan August 4, 2014, 10:19 pm

    I like the offer for $20 back when you spend $40 at Amazon.

  • GZ August 4, 2014, 10:45 pm

    I logged into my Amex offers and they weren’t good at all! I didn’t have the Amazon or Whole Foods offer. It must only be for certain cardholders- Boo!

  • A August 5, 2014, 5:17 am

    The amazon offer is wonderfully addictive. Seriously.

  • A August 5, 2014, 5:19 am
  • Madison P August 5, 2014, 6:29 am

    Whole Foods by far!

  • Kate August 5, 2014, 6:44 am

    We generally only use our AmEx card for gas, but I might just need to take a trip to Whole Foods and take advantage – I wonder if I can combine it with a gift card I have? Hmmmmmm. Fun giveaway – crossing fingers 😉

  • Lisa Brown August 5, 2014, 9:26 am

    Amazon.com – Get $20 back when you spend $40.

  • Lisa Brown August 5, 2014, 9:27 am
  • Lauren F. August 5, 2014, 10:24 am

    Ooh, that Amazon deal is tempting. I love Amazon!! 😀 And Dave Ramsey. We did FPU and the budgeting has been so FREEING.

  • Melissa M August 5, 2014, 10:39 am

    I love the Best Buy offer.

  • Melissa M August 5, 2014, 10:40 am
  • Kelly Bryson August 5, 2014, 10:51 am
  • courtney b August 5, 2014, 11:26 am

    i like the best buy offer. we love best buy! its one of our favorite stores.

  • courtney b August 5, 2014, 11:28 am
  • Stephanie August 5, 2014, 1:21 pm

    i like the cash back offers

  • Stephanie August 5, 2014, 1:22 pm
  • anna August 5, 2014, 7:40 pm

    i want to win!

  • amy pugmire August 5, 2014, 11:44 pm

    I love the amazon offer. I shop on there all the time. I would love to start making money back

  • amy pugmire August 5, 2014, 11:44 pm
  • Lauren August 6, 2014, 6:57 am

    Cheesecake Factory: spend $75, get $10 back

  • Sandra August 6, 2014, 9:17 am

    This is crazy. I have been reading your blog for a long time, one of your posts was recommended reading by a friend. And…even though I check in regularly for a dose of the insightful, thoughtful ideas you speak from the heart…I have never commented until now. While I have an AmEx and never was aware of this feature and plan to now utilize (thanks to your post), while I am not doing it just for the chance at a gift card (though, like most of us, I could always us the $) I am commenting because I hope AmEx see’s their ad on your blog works, hope you’re getting some funds for your current adoption for this. Wishing you all the best, please keep posting. ;0)

  • Johannah August 7, 2014, 9:37 am

    I love the Lowe’s offer $50 off $200 spent — altho I found it late — already purchased new lights for our deck. But I am going to keep looking for more!

  • Johannah August 7, 2014, 9:41 am
  • anna pry August 7, 2014, 4:07 pm

    my fave offer is the jcpenney offer because we can get clothes there

  • anna pry August 7, 2014, 4:09 pm
  • Shannon August 7, 2014, 8:30 pm

    I definitely like the no clipping coupons or trying to find coupon codes!

  • Shannon August 7, 2014, 8:44 pm
  • Cheryl August 8, 2014, 3:26 am

    I do a lot of online shopping — and Amazon is my main go to place, so I’d jump on that!

  • Cheryl August 8, 2014, 3:28 am
  • Shannon August 8, 2014, 7:33 am

    Getting cash back is a no brainer.

  • Vincent August 9, 2014, 11:59 am

    The Hilton discounts are amazing…we’ll use that for sure!

  • Vincent August 9, 2014, 12:05 pm
  • Susan Smith August 9, 2014, 2:28 pm

    My favorite offer is JCPenney: spend $50, get $10 back

  • Susan Smith August 9, 2014, 2:30 pm
  • Natalie J Vandenberghe August 9, 2014, 10:24 pm

    The Amazon offer is fabulous! I’ll also be doing BTS shopping at Penneys, I’m sure.

  • Natalie J Vandenberghe August 9, 2014, 10:27 pm
  • Madeline August 10, 2014, 10:24 am

    My favorite offer is the JCPenney: spend $50, get $10 back. I really like the clothing at JCPenney so I could use this!

  • Madeline August 10, 2014, 10:26 am
  • Jessie C. August 11, 2014, 12:15 pm

    My favorite Amex Offer is Amazon.com, we shop at Amazon all the time.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Jessie C. August 11, 2014, 12:16 pm


  • Mia August 12, 2014, 9:21 am

    I like the jcpenney spend $50, get $10 back deal.

  • Mia August 12, 2014, 9:36 am
  • Mia August 12, 2014, 9:38 am
  • D Schmidt August 14, 2014, 2:29 pm

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

  • D Schmidt August 14, 2014, 2:30 pm
  • LAMusing August 15, 2014, 11:57 am

    I like the JC Penney offer.

  • Norma August 15, 2014, 11:58 am

    Great deal at Amazon – Get $20 back when you spend $40.

  • latanya August 16, 2014, 2:46 pm

    $20 back when you spend 40 at Amazon

  • latanya August 16, 2014, 2:55 pm
  • Amy S August 17, 2014, 3:11 pm

    The Amazon deal sounds awesome!

  • Amy S August 17, 2014, 3:26 pm

    I love the Amazon offer!

  • Tina M August 17, 2014, 5:40 pm

    i like the Amazon offer

  • Tina M August 17, 2014, 5:40 pm
  • Elle August 17, 2014, 9:04 pm

    I like the Amazon offers best -I am always on Amazon finding something.

  • Elle August 17, 2014, 9:05 pm
  • steve weber August 17, 2014, 9:59 pm

    The Best Buy offer is my favorite.

  • Natalie Yarbrough August 20, 2014, 6:34 pm
  • Natalie August 20, 2014, 6:41 pm

    I love the Amazon offer!

  • Rebecca August 21, 2014, 7:10 am

    I like the hotel credits when you book a room.

  • Ashley H August 21, 2014, 7:13 am

    I like the Amazon offer!

  • jennifer horn August 21, 2014, 7:50 am

    The JCP offer is my favorite.

  • jennifer horn August 21, 2014, 7:51 am
  • mysweetiepiepie August 21, 2014, 9:51 am

    My favorite is the Amazon offer they have.

  • rachel August 22, 2014, 9:43 am

    The Amazon deal is awesome!!

  • rachel August 22, 2014, 9:46 am

    I vote for the Amazon deal, too!

  • Carolsue August 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

    The Whole Foods offers is a really good one! Wow!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Kimmy Ripley August 24, 2014, 10:07 am

    There are so many options for savings and you don’t have to worry about using coupons or rebates! I think it is excellent that you can save at Amazon!~ I do a ton of shopping there. Sign me up!! Woohoo!

  • Stephanie V. August 24, 2014, 11:23 am

    cheesecake factory – perfect for first day of school celebration!

  • Crystal M August 24, 2014, 12:56 pm

    My favorite is the Amazon offer!

  • Margaret Smith August 24, 2014, 2:47 pm

    My favorite is the one for DollarTree.com
    Spend $101 or more, get $20 back

  • Margaret Smith August 24, 2014, 2:57 pm
  • Kiara August 24, 2014, 3:29 pm

    My favorite is Amazon offer is spend $40 get $20 back.

  • Janice Cooper August 24, 2014, 3:40 pm

    I like JCPenney- spend $50, get $10 back. I like shopping at JCPenney!

  • Rosanne August 24, 2014, 3:42 pm

    My favorite offer is the $5.00 back from Bed Bath and Beyond

  • Janice Cooper August 24, 2014, 3:43 pm
  • Rosanne August 24, 2014, 3:44 pm
  • Denise S August 24, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I love the Amazon offer most!

  • heather s August 24, 2014, 3:51 pm

    I like the amazon deal

  • angie August 24, 2014, 6:12 pm

    The Amazon Deal is the best.

  • Linda G. August 24, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I like the J. C. Penny spend $50 and get $10 back, they have great sales too!

  • Debbie B August 24, 2014, 7:33 pm

    i think the Amazon offer is great!

  • Debbie B August 24, 2014, 7:34 pm
  • HilLesha August 24, 2014, 8:18 pm

    I think many will agree that the Amazon deal is pretty sweet! 🙂

  • nickie August 24, 2014, 10:59 pm

    My favorite is Amazon offer

  • Barbara Montag August 25, 2014, 6:11 am

    I like their Dollar Tree offers – thank you.

  • Barbara Montag August 25, 2014, 6:12 am
  • BusyWorkingMama August 25, 2014, 7:31 am

    I just recently discovered the AMEX offers – such a great perk of having the card! My favorite offer is their Crazy 8 deal right now.

  • Crystal F August 25, 2014, 9:19 am

    I like the $10 off of $50 at JCPenney’s. I can use my rewards with this deal to make it even better. thank you!

  • maria cantu August 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

    My favorite Amex Offer is the Dollar Tree one.

  • Kate F. August 25, 2014, 12:39 pm

    My favorite is the spend $40 get $20 back at Amazon offer.

  • Cathy Truman August 25, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I like the Amazon deal the best of all. We shop at Amazon a lot.

  • Jimmy August 25, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I like how many different stores you can save money at with AMEX.

  • Allie August 25, 2014, 4:44 pm

    I like the Amazon offer

  • Debbi Wellenstein August 25, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I really like the Cheesecake Factory offer!

  • Mike August 26, 2014, 8:59 am

    Great Site

  • Ellie W August 26, 2014, 11:41 am

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

  • Ellie W August 26, 2014, 11:42 am
  • jessica holybee August 26, 2014, 1:03 pm

    I lime the 20 back on amazon. I shop on amazon a lot !

  • Sarah Hirsch August 26, 2014, 2:43 pm

    my favorite amex offer would be for amazon

  • Teresa Moore August 29, 2014, 7:07 pm

    I like the JCPenney offer. Love to shop there!

  • Wanda McHenry August 29, 2014, 10:17 pm

    My favorite is the Spend $50, get $10 back from JCPenney

  • Wanda McHenry August 29, 2014, 10:19 pm
  • melani vincelli August 30, 2014, 6:35 am

    The Amazon offer is amazing!

  • jennifer August 30, 2014, 9:45 am

    I love the cashback offer for JCPenny…. and you can combine with coupons!

  • Daniel M August 30, 2014, 6:58 pm

    spend $40 get $20 back at Amazon

  • WHITNEY August 31, 2014, 5:39 pm

    I was able to get a spend $25 and get $25 back from Costco on my Amex the other day. It was great and I got the credit very quicklY!!

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