$200 Groupon Gift Card Giveaway, Courtesy of American Express

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This morning after a whirlwind shopping trip (2 grocery stores among others) Lily Bean and I returned home exhausted.  Lucky for her, a nap was in her future.  While she slept the afternoon away, I continued to prepare our house for the annual visit from my dad, my stepmom and my stepgrandmother.   They are in their 4 wheel drive sleigh as I type this – traveling east from Texas then Arkansas and will be staying with us for several days.

This is actually good for my chronic procrastination because it forces me to do the chores that I typically leave until Christmas in advance.  So when I surveyed my progress today, I was pleasantly surprised to see that cookies have been baked, presents have been wrapped, ornaments have been made and most of the house is clean and presentable.  (I DO have until tomorrow night for that real last minute cleaning!)

When I gave our gift pile a second glance, it dawned on me that so many of them had been purchased with deals I found on daily deal sites, namely Groupon.  Seriously… what did we do before sites like Groupon?  I don’t know about you, but Groupon has changed the way I think about date nights, gift giving and even traveling.


Traveling: I use Groupons to purchase meals and other entertainment in cities we will be traveling to.  Not only do I save big on the purchase, but it’s like prepaying for parts of our vacation that you can’t typically prepay.  This results in less out-of-pocket-spending on the actual trip – which comes in handy when the kid suckers me into a Snow White souvenir at Disney or Biker Bob suckers me into one of those turkey legs bigger than my head.

Date night: Though it doesn’t happen very often, Biker Bob and I do steal away for the occasional date night.  We have used Groupons to save 50% or more on food as we discover new restaurants (last meal – Bensi in North Wales, PA – INCREDIBLE!).  Half off movie tickets and more!

Gifts: Birthday, holiday or anytime – I have grabbed more gifts on Groupon than I can count.  One of my very favorite gifts that I purchased via Groupon was for hand stamped metal jewelry that Lily gave to her aunt and her grandmothers last year.  It was such a special present and unlike anything I had seen before.  Plus, I scooped them up with a discount – total win/win!

So there is now some really exciting news for American Express cardholders enrolled in Membership Rewards: You can now redeem your AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Groupon Gift Cards!

Use ’em or gift ’em: You can use your Groupon gift card instantly – and there is even the option to print a gift receipt making this a fantastic stocking stuffer!

American Express would like to give one lucky Mama Cheaps reader a $200 Groupon Gift card!

There are several ways to earn entries to this giveaway (if you are already an FB fan and/or Email Subscriber you DO earn those entries!).  Please leave a comment for EACH entry method that you use below.

:: (Mandatory) What is the best Groupon that you have ever bought/gifted?  OR (if you have never purchased a Groupon) If you could gift a Groupon to anyone this year, what would you give them? Leave a comment below with your answer.

:: Tweet which Groupon you would love to gift to somebody this year.  Include #AmexGroupon and @mamacheaps in your tweet.  Leave a comment below telling me you did so.

:: “Like” Mama Cheaps on Facebook. Leave a comment below telling me you did so.

:: “Like” That’s Country Living on Facebook (my other blog!).  Leave a comment below telling me you did so.

:: Follow @mamacheaps on TwitterLeave a comment below telling me that you did so.

:: Subscribe to our daily email digest. Enter your email address here and CONFIRM the email sent to your email inbox.  You must confirm this subscription for the entry to count.  Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up.

This giveaway is open to anyone from the United States who is 18 years or older.  It will run from today, 12/21/11, until Wednesday, 12/28/11 at 8 PM EST.  One winner will be chosen via the “And the Winner Is” WordPress Plugin.

American Express is providing the prize for this giveaway.  They provided us with a gift card as a thanks for sharing the news about this promotion.  All opinions are 100% ours.

  • Adriana

    Best Groupon was for a massage at timeless sage which is actually todays offer in philadelphia!

  • Melisa M.

    I loved the Whole Foods deal from this summer.

  • Leigh Ann Kiendl

    I like Mama Cheaps on Facebook!

  • I liked mamacheaps on facebook

  • Leigh Ann Kiendl

    I like That’s Country Living on Facebook!

  • Leigh Ann Kiendl

    I follow @mamacheaps on Twitter!

  • Melisa M.

    I totally like MC on FB.

  • MarcieLynn

    the best groupon i got was a blue-ray player for my hubby at over half off retail!!!!

  • Liz OConnor

    Love Mama Cheaps on FB!!!

  • MarcieLynn

    i like you on Mama cheaps facebook!

  • Melisa M.

    I like (love!) TCL on FB :)

  • Stephanie

    My favorite groupons are the ones for fine dining restaurants that I couldn’t justify paying for full price:)

  • Leigh Ann Kiendl

    I tweeted that I want to gift my husband with a getaway groupon. He deserves it! @lakiendl

  • Leigh Ann Kiendl

    I subscribe to your e-mails

  • Janet K

    I like Mama Cheaps on FB!

  • Miranda Arnold

    I like Mama Cheaps on facebook
    best groupon i ever got was 10 dollars for 20 at Old Navy!

  • Karen

    Started subscribing to mama cheaps over the summer while planning vacation for the kids and I love the site!! Best groupon I ever did was for the science museum. But there have been several deals that I just get to too late that are fantastic!

  • Michelle

    I am a facebook fan. The best groupon deal I have bought has to be the $15 for 15 kickboxing classes at amerikick.

  • Janet K

    I liked That’s Country Living on FB!!

  • Danielle

    I like Mama cheaps on FB!

  • Danielle

    I like thats country living on FB!

  • Danielle

    I subscribe to your emails!

  • Danielle

    I follow you on twitter

  • Lisa M

    I haven’t bought anything from groupon as of yet however I would love to get movie tickets for my grandkids.

  • Danielle

    I tweeted

  • Danielle

    My favorite Groupon this year was the $25 for $75 Picaboo photo Groupon! I made a gorgeous book, and love their site!

  • Janet K

    Groupon would be to the movies!!

  • Lisa M

    I sent a Tweet

    • Lisa M

      @lrmart on twitter

  • Lisa M

    I follow Mamma Cheaps on FB

  • Lisa M

    I like That’s County Living on FB

  • Lisa M

    I Like Mama cheap on FB

    • Lisa M

      I ment Twitter

  • Annie emert

    Vacation getaways

  • Kasey Grewe

    I like your page already on facebook and I like your country living page today. I also do the email subscription already.

  • jamie b

    I already like mama cheaps and country living – my best Groupon purchase was either the one I just bought for a Disney-area hotel for a family getaway, or the ones for Mixbook that got us our much-complemented holiday cards!

  • joy

    I liked Mama Cheaps! on facebook

  • The best Groupon I have ever gifted was a magazine subscription for a relative.