Every now and then, the power at my house goes out for a few seconds.Â Â This creates havoc on my computer, which I use to record television shows as well.Â Â The power blinks, the computer crashes, and we miss our favorite shows.Â Â To fix this problem, I decided to invest in a backup power supply.Â Â It is essentially a big battery that the computer runs off of when the battery is not receiving power.Â Â In effect, your desktop computer now has a battery to run off of when you pull the plug, just like a laptop.
Amex has been into statement credit recently.Â Â Last month, they had a promotion where you could get a $25 statement credit when you make a purchase from a small business.Â Â My wife and I took advantage of that, reaping $50 total.
OfficeMax Gets In On The Fun
Yesterday, I received a mailing indicating that I would get 5% cash back from OfficeMax and a $20 statement credit for making a $100 purchase.Â Â Â A little Googling shows that there was a similar offer last month for a $50 statement credit.
I ran out to OfficeDepot this weekend to purchase a pair of backup power supplies for my computers.Â Â I used my Amex Business Platinum, not because I knew of the offer, but because they always give me 5% back on my purchases at office supply stores.Â Â At the time, I didn’t even know about the statement credit promotion.
When I found out about it the next day, I felt like I had just found a $20 bill on the sidewalk, it was a great fealing.
What I Learned
Amex has found out that it can support their merchants by offering statement credits.Â Â For example, they are offering up to $200 in statement credits for airline fees to holders of their Platinum card. I like this idea.Â Â From now on, I will try to look for these offers as they can be a great way to make/save a few dollars.Â Â Of course, as I find them, I will do my best to pass them on to my readers.