How to Liquidate Excess Gift Cards Without Bluebird or Serve

Yesterday’s news of the mass shutdowns of Amex Bluebird and Serve prepaid cards came as a shock to many people. There were no quiet rumblings, in-store memos, or signs of trouble like when Vanilla Reloads and Redbird went down. It… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending

Rewards credit Cards in a wallet

It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on my manufactured spending activities (or anything else, really) so I thought now is as good a time as ever. Two weeks ago, my Google Wallet account was shut down. I’ve… Continue Reading


TopCashBack: 2.25% Cash Back on Amex Gift Cards!

Howie from Frugal Travel Guy gave me a heads up this morning that Top Cash Back is offering 2.25% cash back on Amex gift cards! This deal is valid for 24 hours only, so if you want to meet some… Continue Reading


Unloading American Express Gift Cards via Google Wallet

Yesterday, I wrote about my $82,000 manufactured spending challenge and how I ventured away from my original plan by cashing out American Express gift cards via Google Wallet. I’ve gotten some emails from folks with questions about this and since… Continue Reading


My $82,000 Spending Challenge: 1 Month Later

It’s been a little over a month since I started my quest to meet $82,000 in spending requirements within 3 months and I’m happy to report I’ve made quite a bit of progress, following the plan almost exactly as I outlined it.… Continue Reading