tis the season to shop, eat & win $100

I had the best time this weekend! It all started on Friday when I had lunch with some of my sweet friends to welcome Laurie of Tip Junkie to the neighborhood and to thank my girls Bridget and Tammy for being so welcoming when she needed direction on the best schools/neighborhoods and I didn’t have all the answers.

We went to Marcella’s, a lovely little Italian restaurant. We talked and laughed too loud… and ate amazing desserts. And the best part, besides that blurry pic that our waitress took… {sorry girls!}, we didn’t have to worry about divvying up the check at the table (and making me late to pick up my babies from school… ).

With the new Serve card from American Express, one person can pay the bill and then be reimbursed by their  friends instantly via e-mail or mobile device.  

Then, on Saturday, we took the boys to the theatre to see Arthur Christmas, shopping at the Lego store and to lunch. This pic is of my oldest really enjoying the movie. Apologies again for the less than perfect photography. These are from my cell phone. What?! I can’t take my real camera everywhere! {grin}

As you can imagine, the lines were crazy. And guess what came in handy, my Serve card! My mom was buying the boys a few Christmas gifts, on the sly, and I saw a toy I had been looking for at the last minute. I couldn’t very well stand in line for 30 minutes holding it and them next to me so mom paid for it with her stash while I took the boys elsewhere and then I was able to pay her back instantly through my serve account. It was fabulous! No more checks!

It’s basically a pre-paid card that you can load up from your bank account, with cash, etc. In addition to be able to pay people back quickly via e-mail or your mobile devise, divvying up checks and the like, it’s perfect for those that are nervous about shopping online with their regular credit cards and for those who want to help their tweens and teens learn how to use a card wisely without having to worry they’ll overspend.

The best, best part! This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. And if you sign up for Serve (super easy) you’ll receive a $10 credit that you can use the very first time you use the card. Just leave me a comment (it can be how you’d use serve or just hi) below by December 31, 2011 and you’re entered to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Yippee!! (NOTE: American Express will randomly select a winner on Jan. 9. The winner will be notified via e-mail.)

Want to know more about this serve thing? Visit serve.com, join serve on facebook and follow serve on twitter.

Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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Comments

  1. 5

    Ginger Benedict says

    I had never heard of “serve card” before and I carry an AMEX! I would really like to ck it out! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  2. 6

    Sunnymay says

    What a good concept instead of struggling over the check under a time pressure. This removes the drama and frowns at the scene and postpones unitl everybody may be flush again.

  3. 7

    ann says

    i would use that cool card to shop at the king of prussia mall :) (outside of Philadelphia, PA)! thanks for the chance to enter !

  4. 11

    Robyn says

    Oh what I could buy with it. The thoughts of craft projects just keep
    popping into my head. It would be like Christmas for Mommy (me)
    lol…thanks for the opertunity

  5. 12

    Pamela S says

    I have never heard of “serve cards” before so will have to go check it out.

    Also…this is the first time I’ve visited your blog but am signing up for everything I can! Love your products and ideas.

    Thanks so much!

  6. 13

    mimichi says

    Thanks I have never hear of a serve card I am a unemployed military wife I would take other spouses that have become my good friends out to eat . Thanks

  7. 14

    says

    What a great service AND opportunity! I signed up :) With all my friends and our school being done taking them out for dinner would be a great opportunity to test drive Serve!

  8. 20

    Megan M. says

    I have a Serve account and I love it! It’s been a great help through the holidays and I can see myself using it more and more!

  9. 21

    Amy Ward says

    I recently moved across the country from my family and I think this card would be super fantastic for when I’m blessed enough to find that perfectly-priced flight back home to surprise my favorite sister and her family! We always end up “arguing” over the bill so this card could eliminate some that “friendly banter”. :o) What a neat idea! I’ll be checking it out right now! Thanks for the post and the chance to win!

  10. 22

    Amy Ward says

    I recently moved across the country from my family and I think this card would be super fantastic for when I’m blessed enough to find that perfectly-priced flight back home to surprise my favorite sister and her family! We always end up “arguing” over the bill so this card could eliminate some of that “friendly banter”. :o) What a neat idea! I’ll be checking it out right now! Thanks for the post and the chance to win!

  11. 26

    karen M says

    I agree, this would be perfect for the teen to learn more about managing money.
    Thank You.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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