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After A Year of Blogging
23 Nov. 2018
After A Year of Blogging
A Decent First Date I’ve been blogging for over a year now.  During the development of my website, the main launch goal I had was to have the website ready for the Frequent Traveler University (FTU) event in Minneapolis last summer.  My blog went “live” the day before FTU began, but unfortunately my website domain
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The Capital One News Is A Big Deal
13 Nov. 2018
The Capital One News Is A Big Deal
Numero Uno I haven’t posted in a while because I was in Montreal enjoying some northern exposure last week.  I arrived back in Minneapolis to even worse weather than in Montreal (which is saying something), and also some interesting and massively positive news from Capital One.  I’ll write about my Montreal experience soon, but in
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Walmart’s New Money Order Limits Enforced
1 Nov. 2018
Walmart’s New Money Order Limits Enforced
1K Over the past month or so, I’ve written in detail about changes to Walmart’s money order policies.  The latest news that was sent from Walmart corporate to individual stores over the last few weeks was pretty horrible, and it’s finally undergoing complete adoption.  As a quick refresh, Walmart’s current money order polici...
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Discover, Capital One Easing Lending Limits
29 Oct. 2018
Discover, Capital One Easing Lending Limits
No Soup For You With the economy still hot and people piling on debt, some banks like Capital One and Discover are getting jittery about the possibility of big losses in the near future.  A recent Wall Street Journal article points out that both banks are starting to tighten lending standards, as both banks have
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Effects of Changes to Walmart MoneyCenter
19 Oct. 2018
Effects of Changes to Walmart MoneyCenter
Tropical Storm vs. Hurricane October 16th, which I referred to as Black Tuesday in a post earlier this week, was really more like light gray.  On that date, new money order and bill pay procedures and policies from Walmart corporate were set to take effect.  At first glance, those changes seemed to be significant and
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Walmart Set to Curb Manufactured Spend
13 Oct. 2018
Walmart Set to Curb Manufactured Spend
Buckle Up, It’s Going to Get Bumpy A few days ago I wrote about rumored changes to Walmart’s policy regarding prepaid pin enabled debit (gift) cards used for purchasing money orders.  The memo from Walmart corporate that I was given at a store to read through, and that I subsequently wrote about, was not the
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Negative Changes Coming To Walmart Soon?
12 Oct. 2018
Negative Changes Coming To Walmart Soon?
End Times Some more negative changes relating to manufactured spend (MS) have been circulating in the past few days, and may go into effect very soon at your local Walmart.  The current state of MS at Walmart varies considerably.  There’s a corporate money order policy that’s sent to stores across the country, yet each store
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Tap Out:  No More Apps Until 5/24?
11 Oct. 2018
Tap Out: No More Apps Until 5/24?
Tapped At various times over the past 6 months, I’ve been contemplating tapping out.  By tapping out, I don’t mean quitting the points and miles “hobby”.  That’s borderline crazy talk at this point.  When I say tapping out, I mean not applying for any more rewards credit cards for the next 24 months.  Even that
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