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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