My Week in Manufactured Spending: January Wrap-Up

Giftcards.com cash back pending on iConsumer

If you didn’t visit the blog last week, don’t worry you didn’t miss much (other than a Watts Riot-type situation). Thank you to all the readers who emailed, DM’d, and left comments on various posts – your support and positivity are appreciated.… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in February

Things to do list

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


List of IHG Hotels Changing Categories on February 17, 2016

Intercontinental Paris Le Grande

IHG Rewards Club has just announced a list of 400 hotels changing categories on February 17, 2016. Not only are 400 IHG hotels changing categories, but it seems IHG is adding two new ones, requiring 55,000 and 60,000 points per… Continue Reading


A Follow-Up On THAT Money Order Post

Gilmore Girls We're All Going to the Pokey

My last post on unloading $40,000 worth of money orders got a lot of people riled up. I could have called all Mexicans rapists and gotten less heat than I did over that post. The problem centered around depositing money… Continue Reading


How To Cash Out $40,000 Worth of Money Orders


One of the questions I get asked the most about manufactured spending is how I manage to cash out so many money orders. While I’ve been churning pretty low numbers for the past few months, things have picked up recently and I’ve purchased around… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending: More Shutdowns and New Sources

Neighborhood Walmart money center

My week started on Tuesday, when I picked up a $500 Visa gift card at a local Safeway store after hearing rumors of Safeway pulling Visa gift cards off the shelves. The transaction went smoothly and I thought that was… Continue Reading


Update on Safeway’s Removal of Visa Gift Cards

$15 off when you guy $125 worth of gift cards at Safeway

Update: As of January 22, it seems all Safeway stores have in fact removed Visa gift cards from their racks. Yesterday, I reported that Safeway stores were pulling Visa gift cards from their shelves. Some reports indicate that this would… Continue Reading


Is Safeway Discontinuing Visa Gift Card Sales?

Visa gift cards at Safeway

Update: The Value Traveler spoke to a store manager at a VA Safeway and confirmed they’re pulling gift cards due to issues with fraud. Several readers from around the country have also emailed to confirm their Safeway stores have pulled Visa… Continue Reading


Is it Ok to Tell Cashiers About Manufactured Spending?

The register is becoming a grim place

Last year, I outlined some mistakes to avoid when manufactured spending, one of which was “not being discreet (i.e. don’t tell cashiers what you’re doing). I’m beginning to reevaluate this stance based on some recent experiences. For example, I’ve heard… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending: Rediscovering a Goldmine

The Gift Card Rack at Safeway The Market

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