Blog Giveaway: $200 in American Express Gift Cards!

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Emily and I want to thank you for supporting our blog!  So this week we’re giving away $200 in American Express gift cards.

Blog Giveaway 200 In American Express Gift Cards

You Could Win an American Express Gift Card!

AMEX gift cards are great because you can use them like a credit card at places that accept American Express.  But you can NOT use AMEX gift cards to load your Bluebird account.  That’s because AMEX gift cards are not PIN enabled.

However, American Express gift cards can help you meet the minimum spending requirements on credit cards.  You can do this by purchasing AMEX gift cards with a credit card (NOT a Citi credit card or you could be charged a cash advance fee) through BigCrumbs with a ~1.6% cash rebate, then use the card towards future expenses.

How to Enter:

1.   Leave a Comment 

Please leave ONE comment telling me how you save on everyday expenses.

I’ll pick 1 commenter who will win a $100 American Express gift card after the drawing closes at 9:00 pm Central Time on Saturday, April 4, 2015 (today).

2.   Tweet

Follow Million Mile Secrets on twitter, and tweet ONCE to @MilMileSecrets and tell me how you save on everyday expenses.  You have to follow @MilMileSecrets to be eligible.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag “MMSAMEXGCGiveaway”

I’ll pick 1 tweeter who will win another $100 American Express gift card after the drawing closes at 9:00 pm Central Time on April 4, 2015 (today).

Good luck!

Fine Print:  The largest value of this giveaway is $200!  I make the final decision for this contest and there’s no appeal.  I’m not getting anything from American Express and I’m giving away American Express gift cards, so don’t make this difficult for me!

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568 responses to “Blog Giveaway: $200 in American Express Gift Cards!

  1. I save on everyday expenses by buying only fresh food that I will use in next two days, so never need to throw anything out.

  2. We like to pay with a cash-back card

  3. I use my membership rewards and love them!!

  4. Same as a lot of people on here I suppose, using a credit card that rewards me and going through a cash back site of possible.

  5. Buy generic!

  6. I love earning extra points while traveling!!!

  7. I recently called Centurylink, I’ve been a customer for years for my internet service, and asked for their customer retention department and got a $20 monthly credit for six months. Just for calling I saved $120!

  8. Groupon and Living Social are big savers for me!

  9. Keeping the sun out/letting it in and grocery sales/coupons are my most effective savings. Be sure you’ll use the stuff you buy on sale! Energy management can save me $50/month and grocery even more.

  10. Try and never buy anything impulsively, whether its just a latte, or new clothing. I put a lot of thought in to what I am spending my money on!

  11. Patricia Salyers

    I buy in bulk and use lots of coupons!

  12. We make our own coffee. We never (not ever) buy it on the outside. It saves an astonishing amount of money.

  13. Groupon for eating out. Sharing a car whenever possible to commute/run errands and combine all our errands into one efficient trip a week.

  14. I don’t shop online without using eBates. Portals are nice too but sometimes you want some cold hard cash back!

  15. I avoid drinking anything but water when dining out (unless it’s a special occasion). It’s amazing how much you save by not ordering expensive drinks!

  16. I save on my expense with apps such as wallaby

  17. I would save on groceries by seeing what’s on sale or what items are lower priced if you have a club card for the grocery.

  18. I take advantages of coupons I receive in the mail for local stores and restaurants.

  19. We use coupons

  20. We buy a lot of generic and pay attention to the sales and pricing differences from store to store.

  21. I find that the best way to control grocery spending is to never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Another way is to buy in bulk at Costco. Additionally, if you chow down on all the Costco free samples before shopping you will be able to avoid impulse food purchases.

  22. Arpit Gupta


    Thanks to bloggers like you my monthly savings has increased 🙂

    Regarding everyday usage, I buy discounted gift cards for almost everything. I do the double dip by buying gift cards from via topcashback. I am almost saving 10% on Walmart purchases alone, here is the breakdown 3.5% – 5% on discounted cards + 4% topcashback + 1% credit card.( sign up bonuses are additional)

    Last quarter I bought gift cards from grocery store and saved 5% from my faviourate card chase freedom.

    Isn’t it amazing saving $100 monthly (10% of monthly grocery). I can use it for lovely dinner or new toy for my kid every month.

    Best of luck everyone, you’ll love spending free money 🙂

  23. I drive an electric car. Between not buying gas and the tax incentives it’s almost a free ride!

  24. We are renting out our house through Airbnb while we are on vacation this summer.

  25. By helping family members (husband and sons) understand how saving in one spot can pay off in another. Skip all the lunches and dinners out and your vacation fund grows twice as fast. Spend where it counts but save pennies in other places.

  26. Research before buying. No buying impulsive stuff. Staying in budget when planning trips, shopping 🙂

  27. coupons, baby.

  28. I shop at big box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club for all of our essentials using my rewards card to rack up the miles!

  29. Lots of research, mostly online.

  30. Research on lowest prices, coupons, and use travel credit cards!

  31. I use AmexOffers and Tom Thumb Just For You app.

  32. I use Amex offers

  33. I cook most of my meals. Eating out is expensive

  34. I use Amex offers and coupons

  35. I use 0% credit card offers.

  36. I use apps that give cash rewards for uploading my receipts.

  37. i buy in bulk when things are on sale and always keep a well-stocked pantry.

  38. Eating out was our biggest discretionary expense. By cooking at home more often, and packing a sandwich for lunch we’ve estimated that we saved over $ 1200 last year. Planning to spend these savings, travelling to one of the exotic destinations mentioned on your blog.

  39. dotti cahill

    coupons and using credit card with cash back or XXpoints on groceries

  40. I read your posts and learned which cards to use for category purchases and which cards for non-category purchases. I never think for more than two seconds when I dig the right card out of wallet at the time of purchase.

  41. Study. You have to study what’s out there when it comes to purchasing anything. As far as travel, that studying is facilitated by helpful blogs such as MMS and various others. So, thank you.

  42. I use coupons and I try to time my purchases with cash back categories and stores.

  43. Kasthuri Veeraraghavan

    I buy everyday purchases, from Costco using the Starwood American Express card and earn points, besides credit card offers from your website.

  44. I keep a notepad on my phone of typical prices for items I purchase all the time. That way I know when sales are real and I can stock up. The savings can be huge compared to purchasing what you need regardless of price.

  45. We compare price of electricity from several providers periodically and switch provider every once a while to take advantage of new customer promotion.

  46. I by food that is on sale and bring lunch to work everyday.

  47. Justin Corneliusen

    I stay in hotels 5 days a week… I save by using points for roughly 30% of them!

  48. I save money on everyday expenses by looking for sales, using coupons and only buying what we really need. I do no use twitter for privacy reasons hope this comment gets me in the directions we not clear if I had to also do twitter or if I could just leave comment.

  49. I save on non-category purchases by using either my Arrival + MC (2%) or my Club Carlson Visa (5X). Clearly, I’ll need to revisit my second option after the bad news received this week!

  50. Susan Brust

    I put everything on my credit cards and put the right purchase on each card to maximize miles and points. Thanks for your tips!

  51. CostCo and r/frugal!

  52. I save on everyday expenses by buying from the sale/clearance section whenever I shop.

  53. If it isn’t on sale, it doesn’t come home with me!

  54. If I buy something that’s on sale, I take the difference and transfer it into my savings account.

  55. I give myself a budget so in order to work within it and maximize each dollar, I price check what the item against other stores and online retailers. A friend turned me onto this website which has also helped me greatly in stretching my dollars (and sometimes not even using any dollars at all!)

  56. I save every day by combining coupons, deals, and credit card points by charging everything I can.

  57. I save by charging to Discover and Chase Freesim and registering and using their quarterly point deals.

  58. Amazing gift cards. Will use wisely on my travels abroad

  59. I use coupons as many as I can.

  60. Use different credit card which has the highest cash back!

  61. I use my credit cards for every purchase I can and pay the bill in full every month. At group dinner when others pay cash I take their cash and put the entire purchase on my credit card

  62. By opening 36 new credit card accounts in 26 months, I am constantly working on a spending bonus which means earning 53,000 AAdvantage miles for $3000 in spend for example. That means I’m earning 17.67 miles per dollar spent and if I can trade those miles in for $0.02 each then I’m getting back more than a third of my spending which I apply to awesome vacations.

    I secured two Qantas business class tickets to Australia recently worth over $13,000 for only 125,000 AAdvantage miles. This means that sometimes those 17.67 miles per dollar spent are earning me $1.83 back for each $1.00 spent. Seems more like making money on everyday expenses rather than saving money.

    Thanks Daraius!!!

  63. Kazu Okumura

    I love Amex gift cards

  64. I skip the Starbucks and make lunch most days. It adds up!

  65. I save on everyday expenses by cooking dinner at home!

  66. Make a budget and keep to it.

  67. I have a very tight budget for my growing family – I have to watch every penny I spent. I do extreme couponing and focus only on essentials like toothpaste, shampoo etc. (With couponing you can end up with junk you don’t need and buy just because it’s so cheap.)

  68. Use the coffee at my office instead of going out like everyone else – why bother when its free!