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New Music:  September Playlist
1 Sep. 2018
New Music: September Playlist
Tuned This month’s playlist has songs and artists from Sweden, Brazil, Ukraine, Africa, USA, France, Jamaica, and Spain and more.  Long time favorites Tallest Man on Earth and Pearl Jam both occupy some space on this list.  I also added a nice song from Nassau, and a tune that I forgot I had.  With a few
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Poznan:  Poland’s Hidden Gem
23 Aug. 2018
Poznan: Poland’s Hidden Gem
The Great Unknown It’s hard to find great places in Europe that aren’t flooded with tourists.  Harder to reach and formerly obscure travel destinations like Albania, Montenegro, and even Georgia are all getting more tourism and attention as new hotspots for travelers.  However in central or “mainstream” Europe, it seems like there aren’t any ...
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Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
15 Aug. 2018
Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
Meltdown This past weekend, some big news hit in the Twin Cities points and miles community.  A friendly Walmart (Store 1), known for allowing more than just 4 debit (gift) card swipes and $2,000 in money orders.  Besides the friendly service and manufactured spend options the store provided, it was the closest liquidation option to
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What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
8 Aug. 2018
What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
Intro By now it’s no secret that big changes to Marriott’s merger with SPG are underway and others in the process of being finalized.  Initially those changes were set to take place on August 4th, but that date has since been pushed back to August 18th.  I assume that the dates are now set in
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Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
7 Aug. 2018
Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
Shutdown I recently wrote a post about a bank shutdown linked to manufactured spending (MS).  It was my first checking deposit related bank shutdown from MS, but probably not the last.  The TCF Bank checking account in question was set to be closed on July 31.  I preemptively closed the account the day before, so
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New Music:  August 2018 Playlist
1 Aug. 2018
New Music: August 2018 Playlist
The Jam I have many thousands of types of songs and music saved in various media forms.  Spotify has been a pretty good interactive platform to work with and share music with others thusfar, so I plan to keep using it.  Each month I try and upload 10-15 songs that I enjoy, hopefully you will
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Manufactured Spend Backup Plans
29 Jul. 2018
Manufactured Spend Backup Plans
Increasing Spend, Increasing Risk Over the past 30 days or so, plenty of SPG Amex cardholders have rushed to increase the spend on their cards in order to capitalize on the current 3:1 SPG to Marriott differential.  On August 18th, SPG points loose 33% of their value.  One reader emailed me a few days ago
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Visa Gift Card Deal at Office Max/Depot starting today
29 Jul. 2018
Visa Gift Card Deal at Office Max/Depot starting today
Kind of a Big Deal A reminder there’s free points at Office Max/Depot today with a possible negative cost Visa gift card (VGC) promotion. The promotion is pretty standard:  get $10 off (instantly at checkout) $300 (or more) worth of Visa Everywhere branded (debit) gift cards purchased.  It’s not as good as the previous $15
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