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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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Finding Non-Supermarket Grocery Stores for MS
20 Mar. 2018
Finding Non-Supermarket Grocery Stores for MS
Flexing I’ve had stashes of Flexperks for years.  I’m not hoarding them, as I’ve used them for cheap domestic and international flights.  Lots of Points gurus aren’t keen on the Flexperks program, and compared to other reward currencies, I largely agree.  However with the abundance of cheap flight resources, I’m hoping...
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Latest Round of Credit Card Applications
9 Mar. 2018
Latest Round of Credit Card Applications
Jones-ing A physical phenomenon overtook me yesterday.  After 5 months of going credit card application-free, App-0-rama withdrawl had set in.  I hadn’t applied for any new rewards cards since November, and over the past 156 days that have passed, the itch finally got the best of me.  Applying for new cards was on my mind
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Amazon.com Considers Foray Into Checking Accounts
7 Mar. 2018
Amazon.com Considers Foray Into Checking Accounts
Little Big Brother Amazon.com is strongly considering plans to enter the checking account business.  Today the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is trying to create a checking-account-like banking product.  Early reports say that Amazon isn’t interested in becoming a bank, but has engaged in talks with large financial firms about a pos...
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