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American Express Flip Mino Video Camera Giveaway

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AMEX + Bargaineering = 10 x Flip MinoAmerican Express wants to give away ten Flip Mino video cameras to ten Bargaineering.com readers.

The giveaway is in conjunction with a big promotional push they’ve been doing for their American Express Charge Cards and the Membership Rewards program, AMEX’s reward points catalog. They want to give Bargaineering.com readers a taste of the types of rewards they have in the Membership Rewards catalog… so they’re giving away ten Flip Mino video cameras.

Ten.

While I don’t have an AMEX charge card, one of my AMEX credit cards earns Membership Rewards points and I’ve accrued quite a tidy sum of them over the last couple of years. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Southwest Rapid Rewards points because we live near a huge Southwest airport, Baltimore Washington International, and they convert at a very attractive rate. Also, when it comes to gift giving time, I usually turn to the gift cards in the catalog because I can get favorable conversion rates and gifts cards that people love. That’s a win-win there.

So how do you enter to win one of these Flip video cameras? Answer this question in the comments below or in a post on your own blog (in case you want to get more in depth, some people have emailed me saying that a comments box just isn’t large enough to fit what they want to write… which can only help your chances!), linking back to this post:

What is the savviest way you have made your money work harder for you this holiday season?

(if you opt to blog about your savviest way, please email me too just in case the trackback doesn’t come through)

This contest will be open until noon on December 22nd, 2009, when we will select the ten best answers to win a Flip Mino camera. This isn’t a random drawing so try to be creative, we want to see some interesting ideas that other people can use to be savvier with their money. Three of the cameras will be earmarked for creative ideas from registered readers on the Bargaineering Bucks Leaderboard (AMEX rewards their cardmembers, we reward our loyal readers!).

One entry per person and household (we’re not shipping more than one camera to any one address, even if you have a cornucopia of savvy money ideas) and void where prohibited.

Get your thinking caps on and good luck!

Thank you for all the entries, I will post the first names of winners once they’ve been selected, validated, contacted, and confirmed.

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380 Responses to “American Express Flip Mino Video Camera Giveaway”

  1. liz says:

    Most of my gifts this year are handmade craft items. A quilt for my son and daughter in law. A scrapbook for the other set of grandparents. PJ’s for the grandkids. And of course, I bought all my supplies either on sale or with a coupon.

  2. tamara says:

    Everyone makes a pact that all of our gift exchanges be handmade.Takes thought and creativity but will make memories that last a lifetime.

  3. Jessica says:

    This is really funny, but I really did use my AMEX rewards points to get gift cards for several people this year. I figured, why not. It saved me a ton! I also scoured the internet for free shipping and promotional codes.

  4. NICOLE D. says:

    FIRST I RE-USE STUFF FROM PREVIOUS HOLIDAYS. LIKE BOWS, RIBBON, CARDS, & ECT. THIS COMES IN HANDY FOR CRAFTING GIFTS. I ALSO SAVE MASON JARS, CANDLE JARS, COFFEE TINS, ECT. THESE WORK WELL IN CRAFTING SOME GREAT GIFTS, EXSPECIALLY WITH CHILDREN. I ALSO SHOP AFTER CHRISTMAS AND SAVE 50% TO 75% OFF TO PUT UP FOR NEXT YEAR. I ALSO SHOP ONLINE USING COUPON CODES, OR BUYING AN ITEM THAT OFFERS A FREE GIFT. FREE SHIPPING IS ALWAYS GREAT TO ONLINE. I ALSO GET AMAZON.COM DEALS. I USE MY ONLINE SURVEY PROGRAMS TO MAKE MONEY & GET GIFT CARDS. I ALSO SHOP AT MY LOCAL DOLLAR STORE FOR THEIR WONDERFUL X-MAS SELECTION, AND MOST TIMES THEY HAVE NAME BRAND STUFF. LIKE CANDLES, MAKEUP, DISNEY STUFF. POSSILBILITEIS ARE ENDLESS. MAKES FOR GREAT GIFT BASKETS OR STOCKING STUFFERS. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CVS ECB PROGRAM ALSO. USING COUPONS EVERYWHERE I SHOP HELPS SAVE TONS. AND OF COURSE FOLLOWING THESE WONDERFUL BLOGS! :)

  5. WALTER says:

    By being kind of a scrooge & not spending any money & saving it. lol

  6. Julie says:

    By investing my money in college so i can get a great degree & make lots more money!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    entering as many giveaways as possible (and i’ve actually won quite a few), so i don’t have to purchase as many gifts!

  8. Dang Jim, 335 comments already with 3 days to go?! Winning one of these 10 puppies will truly be like winning the lottery! lol

    • Jim says:

      It’s not based on random draw, it’s based on the best ideas and comments, so it’s not like the lottery … there’s skill involved. :)

  9. BrianC says:

    During the year I took advantage of some sign-up bonuses (for a brokerage account, a checking account, and a savings account). This needs to be done WAY ahead of time as there are often some hoops to jump through before the bonus is awarded. By October, I had an extra $700 for presents. I could have easily stopped there, but as this was basically “found” money I experimented a bit with trading some ETFs through my new brokerage account and roughly doubled my money. I know enough to know that I don’t KNOW what I’m doing, and I quit while I was ahead–making enough to pay for travel and all other holiday expenses. Sure, my trades could have turned out differently, negating my bonuses, but I didn’t trade on margin or risk more than I could afford to lose. My holidays would have been fine without any of the sign-up bonuses or market winnings–but it sure made this year sweeter to have all of those expenses taken care of. My advice: plan ahead, find some “free”money, and if you can mitigate the risk, find a way for it to work for you! Happy Holidays :)

  10. carrie says:

    I have found lots of bargains by comparing items online before purchasing. Also, having 4 kids makes it easy to give homemade gifts for grandparents. This year I had the kids contort their bodies into letter shapes and used the pictures to spell out the grandparents’ names!

  11. MBAbriefs says:

    The savviest way I made my money work harder for me this holiday season was to have the kids give homemade and personalized gifts for friends and family and to have everyone spend more time doing volunteer work and helping elderly neighbors. I want the kids to understand Christmas is way too commercialized and isn’t supposed to be all about expensive gifts, and homemade baked goods and arts and crafts type presents make great gifts too.

  12. Dan says:

    The gift that keeps on giving – How I turned a past holiday gift into a new holiday gift (for myself and my brother!) without spending any money:

    1. Last winter, I used a Best Buy gift card I had been given at work for a job well done and turned it into a Wii with Rock Band…a little present for myself!

    2. I found out there was a Rock Band competition at a local bar. Being a “real life” drummer, I knew I could compete with anyone on a plastic drum set. I came, I conquered, and I went home with 8 free tickets to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford!

    3. At the sponsored tailgate before the concert that I had also won tickets to, I was one of 4 lucky winners (out of 250 attendees) to win a pair of tickets to a FREE cruise to the Bahamas. I brought my brother on the cruise, which also included free roundtrip airfare to Miami, a free private Dave Matthews Band concert in the Bahamas, and plenty of free beer!

    Morals of the story:
    -Work hard – it always pays off!
    -Don’t forget to reward yourself sometimes…you deserve it!
    -Look for opportunities to enter contests (such as on the Bargaineering site!) where the risk vs. reward is clearly in your favor.

    Happy Holidays to all!!!

  13. Jessica says:

    I have an American Express Fidelity card. I use it for everything and then get $50 for every 2,500 points I receive. I spend money for the holidays using the card but then end up getting back money towards retirement in the end.

  14. dawn says:

    I’m an incurable list-maker, so I started my list for intended giftees early, with a column for possible gifts, what I actually purchased and a running total. This helps keep me organized and ensures I won’t overdo spending on any one individual.

  15. SE says:

    “It’s not based on random draw, it’s based on the best ideas and comments, so it’s not like the lottery … there’s skill involved.” Jim, I’m confused. Technically, it is random since it’s based on your judgement, randomness of selection, and subjectiveness as to what is and is not creative. Who is determining which entrie(s) are creative? Do you have an independent company or judge panel from a third party? Is their a disclaimer provided from American Express in relation to this giveaway? Also, how do you limit 1 per person per household for entries? I’m afraid people may use different names and email addresses just to increase the # entries and different creative ideas to the posed question. This is not fair! I’m afraid those people will go to the malls, airports, PaneraBread, Barnes and Nobels, libraries, schools, and such to get free internet service to post here. Are you doing something to prevent this?

    To answer the question: I stretch my money by using creditcards and allowing my money to earn the highest with the high-yield reward checking accounts available. I used my DiscoverCard first for Oct-Nov-Dec on items such as groceries, restaraunts, and movie rental expenses (upto $400) to earn 5% cash back. Everything else, I use my Schwab credit card that earns 2% on everything (with the best part of cashing in every month instead of most other rewards programs where you gotta wait ’til you have accumulated 2500 or more points). In addition, I use my other credit card that allows me to earn 3% on gas, groceries and books. My reward checking account debit card transactions are used at the minimums by paying my utilities’ bills in small installments throughout the month so that I can be sure my 3% or 5% cashback credit card purchases are earned for my most purchases. When I shop online, I compare the DiscoverCard shops with my AMEX mall, and Chase mall for the highest cashback reward (and free shipping). A few stores I’ve found that DiscoverCard gives more than the others; 5% instead of 3%; 10% instead of 6% or 5%. It pays to shop around. In addition, I bought AMEX giftcard online using a special coupon that costed only $4 for shipping,handling,& activation/the-1-time-fee of a $1000 Giftcard that I got 2% cashback. Now that’s being savvy with the money.

  16. Jamie says:

    I use reward sites like Swagbucks to earn Amazon gift cards to purchase holiday presents. I’m able to purchase gifts at little or no cost out of pocket to me!

  17. anne says:

    Instead of buying presents, my family and I are trading charities. We agree to donate a small amount of money to each other’s chosen causes instead of buying overpriced “Stuff.” I think it’s going to be a great new tradition that saves money and does good for our communities.

  18. Andrea says:

    I bought as many presents as I could using my AMEX card which is linked to my children’s future college account through Fidelty. I also used cash back websites like bing, bigcrumbs and ebates to earn back some of the money spent. The extra money earned will go into the children’s college fund.

  19. laurie c says:

    I’ve accumulated a bunch of strategies to find the best prices online and in stores. I visit sites like Dealsea and Bargainist which highlight online sales and coupons. I also sign up for emails from my favorite stores to stay on top of friends & family and free shipping events. I shop around, I compare prices, and I shop early. Always search for coupon codes before purchasing; you’d be amazed at how many discounts are floating around. Therefore, nothing ever has to be purchased at full price. Having a credit card that rewards with cash back is another incentive to shop. I’ll clip coupons from the Sunday newspaper. I get online surveys from sites like Toluna where points can be redeemed for free magazines. I get Amazon gift certificates from Swagbucks instead of using Google. I also visit Blog Giveaways for the chance to win some cool stuff like this Flip Mino Camera from Bargaineering!

  20. Erik Folgate says:

    The savviest way we saved money this holiday season was by systematically budgeting out gifts for everyone on our list. We wrote down everyone we wanted to buy gifts for this Christmas, then assigned a dollar amount next to each person’s name. Then, we wrote down 3 to 5 ideas for what we wanted to buy each person on our list.

    This method helped us stick to a certain dollar amount for each person and we were prepared to know what we were looking for when we went shopping. Shopping without a plan or a budget is a recipe for overspending.

  21. To make our money work harder this holiday season, my wife and I made it a point to plan our Christmas shopping & expenses ahead of time this year, and by doing most of our shopping in advance, prior to Thanksgiving even, it allowed us to avoid getting caught up in the mad rush of holiday consumerism and spending and stick to our planned budget. It has also made the week before Christmas a lot more relaxed!

  22. jilly says:

    My kids are still little so they don’t notice there isn’t a ton of gifts.

  23. Carmela Chavez Liberman says:

    coupons coupons coupons! i registered for updates, sales notices and coupons for the stores where i regularly shop. i also registered for free points or frequent shopper cards. I shop only on deep-discount or multiple points days, and i always always always use coupons!!! if i do online shopping, i try to find free shipping internet codes.

  24. Irene says:

    I shop at the Dollar Store. They have a lot of stuff to choose from. Besides paper product Dollar Stores carry some food items that are a good bargains.

  25. Melissa says:

    What is the savviest way you have made your money work harder for you this holiday season?

    I have actually kept track of my receipts and purchases this year, and I check the sale flyers everyweek to see if I paid the best price. I have saved over $130 by going back to where I bought gifts and having the stores do price adjuctments for things that have gone on sale!


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