I hope you guys a great weekend. I had my share of free time, having taken the past two weeks off. That being said, I haven’t been slacking on the manufactured spending front (just writing about it). If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (username Pointchaser), you’ve probably noticed that every manufactured spending day looks the same. That’s because it pretty much is – I’ve fallen into a nice, easy routine that has me earning miles and cash. If you’re interested in how I keep it all straight, here’s an overview:
I’ve resorted to a simple system for keeping the huge number of gift cards and money orders I’m going through in order. This involves a coin purse, my car’s center console, and two plastic bags that the ladies at my local mall insisted I take when I purchased a large number of gift cards. In one plastic bag, I keep all of my brand spanking new gift cards after they’ve been activated and their PIN numbers changed (if they were purchased on Giftcards.com). This is also where I keep my money orders until I deposit them.
In the other bag, I keep the occasional “spare” cards that have odd amounts of change on them. For example, sometimes to make things easier (and if I don’t have any change to pay money order fees in cash), I’ll just buy a money order for $1,998 which leaves me with $0.60 change. This doesn’t happen often these days, but when it does I put the spare card in my plastic bag and later load it onto my Starbucks card.
The coin purse is where I put my driver’s license and a stack of gift cards for immediate liquidation (i.e. right before I head into the store). When I’m buying large numbers of money orders at a single store, it’s generally not a good look to pull a bunch of gift cards out of a plastic bag. When I’m done, I walk back to my car, check the receipts, and start sorting the used cards: The ones with $0 balance go into the center console and ones with small balances go into plastic bag #2. .
This is usually the point where I go to a local coffee shop to unwind, down a butter caramel latte (my favorite place is Common Grounds in Davis), discreetly fill out the money orders, and walk to a nearby Safeway to deposit them into my account. Where there’s a coffee shop there’s usually a grocery store with a Wells Fargo ATM, so I deposit them and pay off my credit cards as soon as the funds post.
That’s pretty much it in terms of my manufactured spending routine. Though now I have to add dodging the pervert who is roaming around my local mall “inappropriately touching” random women he comes into contact with. My trusty SM reps showed me a photo of him from the security camera. I wonder if that bottle of pepper spray leftover from my college years still works…
How are you keeping all of your gift card churning activities organized?
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