PayPal Business Debit Card: A Great Backup Tool for Manufactured Spending

You’ve probably come across Paypal My Cash Reload cards and you may even have heard of the PayPal Business Debit Card. Basically, you can load up to $4,000 worth of PayPal My Cash Reload cards to your account per month… Continue Reading


Tips for Manufactured Spending in the Bay Area

Bay Area Manufactured Spending Berkeley

The Bay Area used to be a manufactured spending hotspot, before the Redbird shutdowns. Thanks to an abundance of Target stores, loading Redbird was a breeze. Nowadays, it’s pretty much a wasteland and I constantly get emails from people asking… Continue Reading


Meeting Credit Card Spending Requirements: 2016 Edition

My 3 year-old post on how to meet $40,000 in spending requirements remains one of my most popular posts to date. Things have changed a great deal since then. At the time, there were several prepaid cards that made meeting… Continue Reading


iConsumer Finally Paid Me…And it Only Took 4 Months

I started using the iConsumer cash back portal back in January, after they offered a particularly generous cash back offer of 1.6% at Giftcards.com. I was well aware that payouts took 90 days, but man was it hard to sit… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in February

By now most of you have probably thrown out or forgotten your list of New Year’s Resolutions and you need something more feasible to focus on. It’s a good thing you found this hobby and can direct your energy on a… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending: Rediscovering a Goldmine

I visited my sister last week and it was a very good trip. Not only because I got to spend time with her and my nieces, but it was productive in terms of manufactured spending. I unloaded a ton of… Continue Reading


Should You Pay 1.99% to Earn Miles on Rent Payments?

I briefly mentioned RadPad recently in a post, explaining how paying rent through RadPad is one way to unload extra Visa gift cards, since they don’t charge fees on debit card transactions. Meanwhile, credit card fees are hefty at 3.49%.… Continue Reading


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 we had when Vanilla Reloads and Redbird went… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending: A Slow Start to The New Year

I hope all of you had a great New Year’s Eve. I spent mine at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, which has the absolute best views in the city of the fireworks display. I’m not a fan of standing out in… Continue Reading


Manufactured Spending: What Options Are Still Available?

A lot has changed on the manufactured spending front in the past year. Target stopped accepting gift cards and credit cards for Redbird loads, shopping portals stopped offering cash back on American Express gift card denominations over $200 and Serve… Continue Reading