Blogs
Points
Choose blog category:
Conversations at Walmart About Manufactured Spend
30 Nov. 2017
Conversations at Walmart About Manufactured Spend
Mission Impossible? I’m on a mission, but that mission is nearly impossible.   I’m trying to convince all of the non-MS-friendly Walmarts in my metro area to re-allow manufactured spending (MS) via multiple debit card swipes in the Money Center for money orders (MO).  All of the stores in my area allowed MS at one
Read more
(1) (5)
Car Burnings In Sweden
28 Nov. 2017
Car Burnings In Sweden
Echo Chamber There aren’t many conservative media sources in Europe.  Conservative media is like a needle in a haystack, and that haystack has been emptied on the ground in a large barn and then mixed in with 100 other bales of hay.  Although I love being in and traveling in Europe, it’s is an echo
Read more
(0) (12)
A Big Points Week
28 Nov. 2017
A Big Points Week
Free Points & Miles Every year Office Max/Depot offers a number of opportunities to manufacture spend not only for free, but make money in the process.  Earning points + cash is a rare but beautiful thing in the points hobby and this past week was a clear and timely example of that.  What’s also great
Read more
(1) (4)
Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Being Grateful
23 Nov. 2017
Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Being Grateful
Thanksgiving and Happiness The holidays are a nice time to reflect on the important things in life.  For many people much of that importance revolves around family. Dennis Prager has had a pretty profound impact on my outlook and thinking.  His daily radio show is the best radio program that I’ve heard in 50 countries
Read more
(0) (10)
Genderless Child Born in Canada
22 Nov. 2017
Genderless Child Born in Canada
No Gender Babies? A parent in Canada just had a baby and wants the child to be “gender free”. If this person was asked if they thought there was such a thing as a male or female what their response would be?  I’m guessing that they don’t believe in male female differences at all. I’m
Read more
(0) (13)
Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
21 Nov. 2017
Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
Dead or Alive? I recently wrote a post titled “Manufactured Spending Magic: Goodbye 5backs” that lamented about what I had thought was the death of one of my favorite MS tools.  Since Halloween passed, it’s kind of fitting to report that the 5backs died, then came back to life, but then died again.  The saga has
Read more
(0) (5)
The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
19 Nov. 2017
The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
Theft I just don’t get it.  When there’s a good thing going on, why do some people have to ruin it not only for themselves, but everyone else?  Why do people choose very limited short term gain over long term success?  Past that, why do people use manufactured spending techniques to break the law at
Read more
(4) (2)
The OTHER Mint:  Manufactured Spend In Canada
18 Nov. 2017
The OTHER Mint: Manufactured Spend In Canada
Deja Vu? Nearly anyone who’s been involved in the award points and miles hobby for any measurable length of time has heard about manufactured spending perfection, aka the US Mint Deal.  As a brief recap, the US Mint, the government agency responsible for printing hard currency, wanted to get dollar coins back into circulation.  So
Read more
(0) (2)