American Express Gift Card: Don't Leave Home Without It!
by Amara Rose
Shopping's In My Blood
I grew up in a town that has more shopping malls per square mile than movie theatres. Well, maybe it's a tie: A nice tie, in muted shades of blue with little red diamonds on it. Oh, sorry. See, everything relates to shopping in my mind. That's why I was so excited to learn about the American Express Gift Card. Just imagine if they'd had these when I was growing up!
The American Express Gift Card Could Have Revolutionized My Childhood
Instead of that hideous striped sweater vest I got for my tenth birthday, along with a necklace that looked like it had been chewed by the dog (except we didn't have a dog), I could have gone to the Bergen Mall or the Garden State Plaza (the two biggies while I was growing up) and shopped till I dropped. I could have blissfully tried on everything I wanted, then whipped out my American Express Gift Card with a flourish and said, "Charge it to my card!" as I'd seen my grandfather do in restaurants with his American Express Gold Card. This was classy. This was cool. But we didn't have American Express Gift Cards 'way back then.
I Love Buying On Credit…Especially Someone Else's
Of course, it wasn't, like, the total dark ages! There were still credit cards, and long before I had my own, my Mom used to lend me hers (she was generous, even if she never did quite get who I was in the gift department). It was almost like having a gift card, being able to go into a department store at the tender age of eleven or twelve, choose a shirt or a pair of pants, and take her credit card up to the sales counter, along with the note that said I had Mom's permission to charge on her account, up to $25.
From $25 to $500, It's Free Cash For You
Hey, times have changed. In 1969, twelve was still pretty innocent, and $25 still bought a lot. Now it's the smallest denomination in which you can purchase an American Express Gift Card. Even the upper limit of $500 on any one gift card doesn't seem like all that much.
The AmEx Gift Card's The Ultimate Plastic!
But if you open your next birthday card and an American Express Gift Card falls out, I guarantee you, whatever amount it's good for will be a thrill. It's free money! It's welcome at all sorts of retail locations! You can shop without dropping, a little bit at a time. Or, if you're one of those people who grew up in a shopping mall and didn't tire of it later (as I did), you can hie thee to the closest shopping center and let 'er rip!
Lingerie to Lug nuts, it's literally your free choice.
Even if you decide to simply stock up on a year's worth of underwear—well, you can choose really sexy lingerie, or whatever strikes your fancy, and it will never show up on your monthly credit card statement, because you're using your American Express Gift Card!
And if you're a guy reading this, just substitute your own secret passion. Looking for top of the line lug nuts for your Lamborghini? Want the ultimate toolkit? Ultimate Frisbee? Maybe underwear's your thing, too. Or, you can always buy a gift for that special someone who gifted you with your American Express Gift Card. Happy shopping!
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