Holiday Shopping with MasterCard {#FinishMyList}

This year, for some odd reason, I am having so much trouble getting my house decorated and all my holiday shopping done. I’m just not motivated!

I don’t want to be scrooge, but I think this time of year is so stressful. I’m worried about work, home, family and money. Well, I can’t fix all of those worries all at once, but I was happy to learn I could save a substantial amount of money while shopping for gifts this year. We have had a MasterCard for many years, and I just now learned about the MasterCard Marketplace. Better late than never, right?


It’s an online portal/website where people with MasterCards (we have a MasterCard debit card) can shop and get exclusive discounts to local and online retailers. There weren’t any local places near me with discount vouchers I could buy, so I took a look at their “Offers by Category” section, and I found Score Big on there. It’s a site where you name your own price on tickets to sport and concert events. I clicked on “GET OFFER” and made note of the discount code exclusively for MasterCard holders, and I snagged some super cheap tickets to an NFL football game. My hubby is OVER THE MOON excited because he is a Houston Texans FANATIC.


Not only did I save by naming my own price on Score Big…I then saved another 35% percent simply for having a MasterCard and using it at checkout. Shipping was lightning fast, probably because the game is this weekend. Eek!


I was looking around at other offers, and there are great deals to be had on gourmet gift baskets, spas, restaurants and even travel. So, if you’re on a budget and shopping at the last minute (aren’t we all?) then this might be the perfect way to get a lot accomplished quickly. Most of the merchants are still taking orders in time for Christmas/holiday delivery. I enjoyed using the MasterCard Marketplace, although I wish it would have more local offers for my area. It was easy to navigate, and I never imagined I could save money on NFL tickets just by having a MasterCard.

However, the deals change daily, so if you want something, buy it when you see it. I learned that the hard way with one of the offers.

And on a totally unrelated note, I love the MasterCard Instagram account. Lotsa pretty pictures, like this one:


Image credit: MasterCard Instagram

If you want to try your holiday luck at winning some awesome prizes, then join in on #FinishMyList party 2-3 ET 12/13 for shopping tips. Great Prizes courtesy of MasterCard!

What are your tips for shopping smart and quickly during the holidays?

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and MasterCard #CBias #SocialFabric #FinishMyList



  1. Neal
    December 14, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I went on and found crazy discounted gift certificates for a few restaurants in my town. I figure they'll make good stocking stuffers.

  2. Unknown Mami
    December 15, 2012 / 2:37 am

    Sweet! I got my daughter a bike via the MC marketplace and I can't wait to give it to her.

  3. Someday I'll Learn
    December 18, 2012 / 12:00 am

    What a fantastic wife you are!