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Managing Budgets While Manufacturing Spend

Purse full of Visa gift cards

One of the biggest challenges when you’re manufacturing large amounts of spend is trying to keep your personal budget on track. Sure, it’s possible to off-set most manufactured spending fees, but when you’re trying to normalize spending patterns by channeling… Continue Reading

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Is It Worth Paying a Fee to Earn Miles With Plastiq?

Plastiq Earn Miles on Rent and Mortgage Payments

A few weeks ago, a Twitter follower asked me about whether it makes sense to pay a 2.7% fee in order to earn miles on rent payments through Plastiq. After all, considering there are ways to generate free manufactured spending,… Continue Reading

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Earning Miles vs. Cash Back: Which Makes More Sense?

Discover It Miles Credit Card 3% Cash Back Bonus First Year

A while back, I wrote about the merits of using cash back rewards to cover manufactured spending fees vs. travel expenses. An interesting question came up: “Why not just use a travel rewards credit card from the get-go instead of a… Continue Reading

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8 Ways to Earn Points and Miles Without Credit Cards

American Airlines First Class Seat 777-300ER

One of the biggest barriers (really, the only one) to people getting into this hobby is bad credit. A lot of skeptics are either concerned about ruining their credit through credit card churning or they simply don’t have the minimum… Continue Reading

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Earn 4x Rewards on Dining With Swagbucks

Swagbucks Local 10% Cash Back at Restaurants

It’s been a while since I’ve covered SwagBucks on this blog (Yazing’s cash back rates have generally been better). In fact, I had completely forgotten about SwagBucks until they turned up on CashBackMonitor while I was searching for a niche… Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Get Around a Lack of Airline Award Space

Etihad Airways Business Class Seat 1K on the 777-200 San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

One of the biggest challenges with collecting airline miles and points is redeeming them. Airlines intentionally make it difficult for people to redeem miles. Never did that become more clear to me than during a recent visit to the dentist.… Continue Reading