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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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Post Office Stops Accepting Gift Cards for Money Orders: Now What?

Multiple Walmart Money Orders for Manufactured Spending

Last week, Miles Per Day shared a US Post Office memo, directing staff to stop accepting Visa gift cards for money order purchases. A few readers have reached out to me since, slightly panicked about this latest dead deal. But…is… Continue Reading

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The Secret to My Manufactured Spending Success

Mean Girls Those Rules Aren't Real

This past weekend I was in Elk Grove Village for the annual Chicago Seminars. I met a lot of readers, bloggers, and newbies who asked me about manufactured spending. The questions that came up the most were, “What is the… Continue Reading

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Should You Use Cash Back Rewards To Cover Manufactured Spending Fees?

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

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how to eliminate manufactured spending fees. I cited tools like the iBotta app, gift card promotions, shopping portals, and cash back credit cards. When cash back portals reduce payouts and I have no… 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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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