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Free Manufactured Spending: How to Eliminate Visa Gift Card Fees

Simon Mall Fee-free 5% Back Visa Gift card promotion

One of the first questions I get when I mention how I earn points and miles via manufactured spending is “what is that costing you?” After all, with a few exceptions, Visa gift cards carry fees. Not to mention, the… Continue Reading

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Amex Offers: Save on Travel, Manufactured Spending & More

Amex Offers Statement Credit Deals shopping online with a tablet and credit card

I have my issues with American Express, but the fact is that Amex Offers is incredibly useful in saving cash and off-setting credit card annual fees. I easily earn hundreds of dollars worth of cash back from various Amex cards through… Continue Reading

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Why Mint.com Is the Perfect Tool for Tracking Manufactured Spending

I constantly get asked about how I keep track of my manufactured spending activities. At the height of my gift card churning days, I was spending $300,000+ per month on gift cards, so it was crucial to have a very… Continue Reading

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How to Offset Manufactured Spending Fees With iBotta

Save $0.50 on Walmart money order fees with iBotta!

If you’re on the lookout for ways to offset manufactured spending fees, there’s a new app that helps you do that: iBotta. iBotta is sort of like a coupon app that pays out rewards when you buy specific products at… 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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Where to Buy Visa Gift Cards With a Credit Card

Simon Mall Visa Gift Cards

One of the most frequent questions that came up during my manufactured spending webinar was where to buy Visa gift cards with a credit card. Buying and liquidating PIN-enabled Visa gift cards is an essential part of manufactured spending. It’s pretty… Continue Reading