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Beauty Box Subscriptions: Save Cash and Earn Tons of Points and Miles!

Earn Points and Miles on Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions like Birchbox and Glossybox are very popular these days. For $10 – $39.95 per month, subscribers get a box of premium beauty product samples shipped to their doorstep. If you’ve ever been subject to a hard-sell at… Continue Reading

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My Week in Manufactured Spending: Gift Card Churning Simplified

Manufactured spending by mail

These days I have a pretty simple manufactured spending routine, which consists of a two step process: 1. Ordering Visa gift cards from Giftcards.com. 2. Liquidating these gift cards on twice weekly trips to Walmart. Since I’ve found two locations… Continue Reading

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Discover’s Strange Classification of Travel Merchants

The way merchants are classified varies by credit card issuer, and each bank has its idiosyncrasies that people in this hobby have exploited to generate points and miles at an accelerated rate. For example, Chase used to classify Card Cash… Continue Reading

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My Second Club Carlson Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Posted

About a month ago I wrote about how I re-applied for the Club Carlson credit card after cancelling it seven months before. This decision was mainly based on the ease of earning free Club Carlson nights through the co-branded credit… Continue Reading

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Funding Long-Term Travel With Points, Miles, and Manufactured Spending

A few weeks ago I asked what you’re saving your points and miles for and probably the number one item on my travel list is going back to Calais and staying there for at least a month. In case you… Continue Reading

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How Much I’m Paying in Credit Card Annual Fees

I do a great deal of manufactured spending, which requires me to use multiple credit cards. After all, putting $100,000 worth of spending on a single credit card every month would be insane, not to mention, I’d get shut down… Continue Reading

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How I Booked a $5,000+ Trip to Thessaloniki, Calais and London with Points and Miles

About a month ago, I booked a spontaneous trip to Europe in order to volunteer with two organizations helping refugees in Greece and France. The route outlined in the title is the same one hundreds of thousands of refugees are… Continue Reading

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“But How Do You Know How Much You’re Spending?”

The other day I walked into a Starbucks during a really busy period. I spotted an open table, put my stuff down, and decided to order my drink on the Starbucks App since the line was way too long. About… Continue Reading

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The Days of Free and Easy Manufactured Spending Are Over – Here’s How I’m Covering My Fees

The days of free manufactured spending are indeed over and the cost of accruing points and miles can be substantial. At the moment, some of the credit cards I’m using to earn miles don’t earn category bonuses, which can really… Continue Reading

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Credit Cards I’m Currently Using for Manufactured Spending

Rewards credit Cards in a wallet

This year, I’ve probably done more manufactured spending than ever. Even back in the day when I could walk across the street from my office to CVS and buy $5,000 worth of Vanilla Reloads per day, I don’t think I… Continue Reading