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Tomorrow is the last day to get a free $25 Gift Card from American Express. This is a total no-brainer.

American Express Prepaid Card

UPDATE:  Yes, I know, I'm hammering this deal to death, but I'm doing it because I really do believe this is one of the best, easiest, no-brainer offers out there, and you have only until tomorrow, June 30, to take advantage of it.    American Express is a secure, very established company, and they don't put out deals like this too often. Every Daily Cheapskate reader should take advantage of this offer. 

Wondering how to use your $200 pre-paid card after you've ordered it?  Well, you can use it anywhere at all that takes American Express.  You can also use it at Costco!  Costco doesn't accept Visa or Mastercard, but they do accept American Express. 

Hurry and take advantage of this, before this offer disappears.


American Express has an excellent, easy new offer out:  order an American Express pre-paid card, load $200 or more at the time of order and receive a complimentary $25 gift card as a bonus.

That's it.  Awesome.

The American Express pre-paid card spends just like cash wherever regular American Express cards are accepted, with no fees. You even get the fraud protection and roadside assistance programs of regular American Express memberships. There are no annual fees, no monthly fees, no customer service fees, no credit checks to get it (though you will need to enter your social security number), no overdraft fees (you spend what you load on the card), no transaction fees, and you even get one free ATM withdrawal per month (after one withdrawal, you'll be charged $2 for each one).

I ordered one card for myself and one for my husband, and we've already received them and used them with no problem.  To me, this was a no-brainer easy $50 for the inconvenience of moving around $400.  This cost nothing to do, as I've just been using the pre-paid cards the same way I use my regular American Express cards.  These cards are also great to use at Costco, as they accept only checks, debits and AmEx cards.  You can also just withdraw the cash.  These cards are also awesome for travel.  

What are we doing with the two bonus $25 gift cards?  They are going directly into our Sharf iPad Savings Fund.

Some helpful instructions:  when you buy a $200 prepaid American Express card using your checking account, American Express will simultaneously put two tiny deposits and one tiny withdrawal through your checking account (the amounts will zero out).  This is just to confirm that it is indeed your checking account. When you see these amounts showing up on your account, go to http://www.AmericanExpress.com/prepaid, log in and enter the two deposit amounts.  Once you do that, your prepaid card order will go through on your checking account, and you should receive your cards shortly after that.  The bonus $25 gift cards will come to the card purchaser 6 weeks later.  (When you use the $200 prepaid cards, make sure you leave at least $1 on each card, as the cards need to be active when you receive the bonus gift cards.  If you've already taken out all the money, simply go online and put another $10 on the card and keep it there until you receive the $25 gift card.)

The special $25 gift card offer ends 6/30/12. You do not need to already have a American Express card to qualify for this offer.   Limit one $25 gift card per user named on the card.  Standard shipping on the pre-paid card is free.  There are zero hidden charges.

You do not need to enter a promo code.  Click through this special link to qualify for this $25 American Express gift card offer.

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