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Talking Manufactured Spend At Walmart
19 Jul. 2018
Talking Manufactured Spend At Walmart
No Stone Unturned Periodically, and when I have free time (which isn’t often), I’ll drive to various Walmarts around the city.  These tours have a specific purpose:  to see what the manufactured spending (MS) vibe is like in each store.  Some stores are on a regular rotation for me, while others haven’t been visited in
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Manufactured Spend Musical Chairs
16 Jul. 2018
Manufactured Spend Musical Chairs
Duck, Duck, Goose It’s not a news flash that the options available for manufactured spend (MS) vary dramatically around the country.  Certain areas are better, and sometimes substantially better, than other locales depending on the deal and/or liquidation methods.  Beyond having more MS friendly stores, some states also have laws that allow t...
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Scary 5 Minute Call With Chase
12 Jul. 2018
Scary 5 Minute Call With Chase
Shutdown? Last night I had a pretty terrifying phone call with Chase.  Towards the end of manufactured spending liquidation run, I stopped into a Walgreens to pick up a Vanilla gift card.  Walgreens, gas stations, and Lyft all code as 5x for the Freedom bonus categories this quarter.  Although Walgreens was not part of the
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Why I Didn’t Do The Iberia Deal
9 Jul. 2018
Why I Didn’t Do The Iberia Deal
Don’t Believe the Hype? A great, then good, then in limbo deal surfaced in the past few weeks with Iberia Airlines.  Iberia is an airline carrier based in Madrid, Spain.  It’s award program uses Avios points that have the possibility of being transferred to and from British Airways.  Iberia is part of the One World
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Booking My First Round The World Trip with Points
7 Jul. 2018
Booking My First Round The World Trip with Points
Situation Overview Two years ago I had some Citi Thank You points and a bonus offer from Etihad came up.  If I remember correctly the transfer bonus was 30%, so I jumped on it.  At that time, the logic I used for that decision was: 1) I figured that that I could always make use
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Making Money from Discover It Miles
6 Jul. 2018
Making Money from Discover It Miles
Good Match A couple of days ago I got my Discover It Miles points match for my anniversary.  My actual anniversary was in June, but the points match took place in July.  For those not well versed in this rewards program, Discover offers 1.5 points per dollar spent.  At the end of the first year
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Bank Shutdown From Manufactured Spending
4 Jul. 2018
Bank Shutdown From Manufactured Spending
About Time In the past few years, I have used 3 main banks/credit unions for money order deposits and for facilitating manufactured spending (MS) for travel points and miles.  TCF Bank is a Midwestern/Regional bank that has branches around my city which are generally very convenient.  No matter where you are in the city, there’
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New Music:  July 2018 Playlist
3 Jul. 2018
New Music: July 2018 Playlist
Music is a bit late this month but I’ve been busy booking a round the world trip with miles and earning points for my next trips.  This month, music from Africa, Sweden, England, USA, France, and Jamaica.  I love new music, but it’s not always easy to find it, especially living in the U.S.  Besides
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