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New Walmart Money Order System A Game Changer?
20 Jan. 2018
New Walmart Money Order System A Game Changer?
Cha-cha Changes For those involved with manufactured spending, Walmart is a store that they often frequent.  Over the past several months there has been talk and now action in regard to a new money order system at nationwide Walmart stores. The new system hasn’t been issue free, as the initial software rollout at nearly every
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Changes to My Credit Card Application Strategy
18 Jan. 2018
Changes to My Credit Card Application Strategy
The Haunting I’m officially spooked.  The recent news of shutdown from Chase has me more than worried.  At one point I was a little bunny nibbling on the grass in an open patch of lush green grass.  Then word of some large birds high above the area surfaced and some of my friends went missing.
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New Podcast Available:  Randy Petersen Interview
17 Jan. 2018
New Podcast Available: Randy Petersen Interview
Elite Status In the world of award travel, Randy Petersen is Elite, and it’s not too much of a stretch to call Randy Petersen the Godfather of the points and miles hobby. He’s the pioneer behind many of the travel resources that millions of people all over the world use like FlyerTalk, BoardingArea, The Frequent Flyer
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First Tech Credit Union Upset Over Manufactured Spend
16 Jan. 2018
First Tech Credit Union Upset Over Manufactured Spend
Global Warning I have a lot of accounts connected with points and miles.  Among those accounts are checking and savings accounts with various credit unions and banks.  Those accounts range in dollar values and size of the financial institution, and each serves a purpose.  Some accounts are there only for bank bonus purposes, while others
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Why I Don’t Resell Gift Cards
13 Jan. 2018
Why I Don’t Resell Gift Cards
No More? I used to do some reselling on The Plastic Merchant (TPM) in the last couple of years, but have stopped doing so.  If I remember correctly, my reselling amounts weren’t heavy by any means, somewhere in the $5,000 to $10,000 per month range.  Even though I’m in semi-retirement from gift card reselling, it’s
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Why Travel Rewards Beat Cash Back
12 Jan. 2018
Why Travel Rewards Beat Cash Back
Show Me the Money? One of my main goals for the blog is to get people to be rewarded for their spend.  Paying with cash and debits cards doesn’t do that, but using a rewards card of some kind does.  It’s gotten to the point where I have a near physical reaction when I see
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Christmas Gifts From Amex?
30 Dec. 2017
Christmas Gifts From Amex?
Points Santa I received a couple of separate packages at my residence in the past week.  I had ordered a few small travel related products on Amazon, so at first I thought the packages might be those items.  When I looked at the package closer, each of them said “American Express” on them.   Shut
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Hawaii $374 Roundtrip booked!  Only 20,000 Flexperks…
29 Dec. 2017
Hawaii $374 Roundtrip booked! Only 20,000 Flexperks…
The Big Chill The winter in the Midwest can be brutal, and with a recent cold snap that pushed through, I’ve been wanting to go somewhere warm and absorb some sun.   I’ve looked at winter flights casually, then this morning I found some nice flights to Hawaii and on my website no less!  More
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