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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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Latest Round of Credit Card Applications Results
10 Oct. 2018
Latest Round of Credit Card Applications Results
So-So, Same-Same My last couple of credit card app-o-rama’s haven’t been overwhelmingly successful and this round was similar.  Here’s a quick breakdown of this past week’s application run: Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard – 60k AA miles sign-up offer.  Approved instantly.  This is my third editio...
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Violence at Walmart
1 Oct. 2018
Violence at Walmart
All Time….Low Like others in the points community, I spend my fair share of time inside the walls of various Walmarts.  Over the years I’ve seen an experienced a lot of things in and outside of the Money Center.  Last night I was in a store getting a couple of money orders and saw a
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Saving For A Travel IRA
22 Sep. 2018
Saving For A Travel IRA
Anniversary and 10M This week is my five year anniversary of being involved in the points and miles hobby/profession.  Kind of by coincidence, I’ve just passed the 10 million points mark.  That total isn’t points earned, it’s points currently banked.  I haven’t accurately kept track of points that I’ve redeemed, but kn...
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The Single Best Travel Rewards Card
12 Sep. 2018
The Single Best Travel Rewards Card
Contrary Although I love talking all things points, miles and travel, I generally shy away from starting that conversation with strangers.  If there’s time or if I feel I can help someone look at travel rewards in a different way, I might go for it, but the topic often mushrooms and becomes a time drain.
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MoneyGram Rules the Roost
6 Sep. 2018
MoneyGram Rules the Roost
Not Just Another Day Yesterday I liquidated $25,000 worth of debit (gift) cards via manufactured spend (MS).  It was tough because are no longer any Walmarts in my city that constantly allow $10,000+ in money orders to be purchased in a single visit.  In short, today was work.  While I don’t mind putting in time
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