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Manufactured Spending Mishap: Why I Owe Walmart $1500 Cash

Walmart Money Order

I recently had an experience at Walmart that I want to share with you all to reiterate the importance of keeping track of your manufactured spending activities. This doesn’t extend to just keeping track of gift cards, credit card payment… Continue Reading

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R.I.P: 6 of My Favorite Manufactured Spending Deals That Are Now Dead

Cash register manufactured spending

Manufactured spending is a great way to generate more miles and points after a credit card sign-up bonus has posted. It’s how I earn most of my miles and points, as I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten into this hobby… Continue Reading

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5 Ways American Express Can Better Compete With Chase

Amex Platinum Card Fee Increase and Changes 2017

Last week, American Express introduced changes to the Amex Platinum Card, which will take effect on March 30. Among the new features of the card is a $200 annual Uber credit dished out in $15 monthly increments…accompanying a $100 annual… Continue Reading

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PayPal Business Debit Card: A Great Backup Tool for Manufactured Spending

You’ve probably come across Paypal My Cash Reload cards and you may even have heard of the PayPal Business Debit Card. Basically, you can load up to $4,000 worth of PayPal My Cash Reload cards to your account per month… Continue Reading

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Should You Downgrade the Sapphire Reserve to Freedom Unlimited?

Mile Earning Credit Cards

The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Freedom Unlimited are two very different credit cards, yet they have one thing in common: Both earn at least 1.5 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent. There’s a lot of debate about whether the Sapphire… Continue Reading

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Amex Platinum Changes: Why the $550 Annual Fee Is Worth It

Amex Platinum Card Fee Increase and Changes 2017

American Express is making some changes to the Amex Platinum card that has some cardholders ready to cut up their cards. I, on the other hand, applaud the changes…though I could do without the fee hike. That’s right, on March 30… Continue Reading

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Which Purchases Qualify for the $300 Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

One of the best features of the Sapphire Reserve card is the $300 annual travel statement credit. This credit automatically applies to any qualifying travel purchase made with the card. But what qualifies as travel, according to Chase? Reader Jake… Continue Reading

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Virgin America First Class: San Francisco to New York Roundtrip

Virgin America First Class Cabin San Francisco to New York

Last month, I flew Virgin America First Class from San Francisco to New York and back. I’ve flown Virgin America economy class (or main cabin) dozens of times before and it’s the best domestic economy class product, in my opinion.… Continue Reading