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My Month in Manufactured Spending: A New Reality

Money orders manufactured spending

It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly manufactured spending wrap-up post, so I thought I’d share one now that my new MS routine is pretty much set. In October, I managed to liquidate about $20,000 worth of Visa… 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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Uber Credit Card Coming November 2: Should You Get It?

Barclay Uber Credit Card Review

On November 2, 2017 Barclay will debut its new Uber Visa Card and many of you are wondering if it’s worth getting. First off, can I say how disappointed I am with Barclay’s credit card line-up? The only noteworthy cards… 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

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Should You Use Walmart Bill Pay for Manufactured Spending?

Walmart Money Order

This past weekend I held three webinars where I addressed people’s manufactured spending questions. It was fun and something I hope to repeat on a monthly basis (once I find a better meeting platform). Anyway, a topic that came up… Continue Reading

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10 Best Credit Cards for Non-Bonus Category Manufactured Spending

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

Last Year I wrote about the 10 best credit cards for manufactured spending. My rankings were based on a combination of both rewards currency value and bonus categories offered by these cards. It was a good, comprehensive list at the… Continue Reading

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4 Cheap Ways to Redeem Miles for JAL Sky Suites to Japan

JAL Sky Suite Business Class Seat

I started a new job recently and my co-workers have been curious about this hobby and how I’ve managed to get incredible value out of points and miles. After an informal Q&A, one person relayed her goal to travel to… Continue Reading