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Walking Through Walmart’s MSAR Form
10 Apr. 2018
Walking Through Walmart’s MSAR Form
Status I’m a frequent flyer to many of the Walmart locations in my area.  If they had status at Walmart’s Money Center, I would probably be a Double Diamond Platinum.  But in the end, it’s Walmart so I’m not doing cart-wheels over that fact. My area is a bit unique compared to some around the
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My Encounter With Radical Islam
8 Apr. 2018
My Encounter With Radical Islam
Bueno Buenos Aires In 2010 I was in a bit of a lull.  The economy was terrible and still very much inside the country’s recession.  I was in between jobs and wasn’t sure what was next.  After looking at some travel options, I decided on a 5 month trip to South America.  The trip in
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New Podcast:  Trip Report:  Oahu, Hawaii
6 Apr. 2018
New Podcast: Trip Report: Oahu, Hawaii
Surf’s Up? Episode from my recent trip to Oahu, Hawaii. First time trip to any part of Hawaii. In the trip I surfed, hiked, visited Pipeline and the North Shore, Pearl Harbor, and drove every major road on the island.  For the trip I used US Bank Flexperks to pay for the flight, Choice hotel
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700% Capital One Credit Line Increase?
4 Apr. 2018
700% Capital One Credit Line Increase?
Pump Up The Jam A few days ago I began the day as I usually do – paying bills.  I have significant spending on my rewards cards every day, so I keep a spreadsheet with my outstanding obligations, balances and pay bills regularly.  Compared to some heavy hitters in the rewards game, my credit lines
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New Music Added:  April 2018 Playlist
2 Apr. 2018
New Music Added: April 2018 Playlist
Good tunes, good times One of my favorite things to do while traveling is finding new music. In a few weeks I’ll be traveling through a big chunk of Eastern Europe.  Some of the music choices in this month’s playlist are inspired by that trip.  The first track from Irma Sokhadze is a classic from
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Changes to Walmart’s Money Order Limits?
31 Mar. 2018
Changes to Walmart’s Money Order Limits?
Times The Are A Changin On a quick run to a local Walmart, a service manager and I talked about the store’s money order (MO) policy.  The store has been very MS friendly for years and is one of the few dependable outlets for points runners in my area.  That store, like many others around
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Losing at least $5,000 via Manufactured Spend
29 Mar. 2018
Losing at least $5,000 via Manufactured Spend
Loser Something has happened to me this week that’s a first.  I just lost, or am short, at least $5,000 via manufactured spending (MS).  Unfortunately, it could be as little as $5k but as much as $10k.  The fact that I’m not completely sure about the missing amount is almost as bad as the loss
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Manufactured Spend Activism
23 Mar. 2018
Manufactured Spend Activism
Making Local Walmarts Great Again I have some envy for people with easy manufactured spend (MS) liquidation access and options.  A fact that’s often overlooked in the points and miles world is that not all MS involves debit cards, and not all MS involves money orders (MO’s).  However having Walmarts in your area that will
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