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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $4,000+ Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in November

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

November was a good month in terms of manufactured spending. While I’ve decided to continue keeping that manufactured spending tip I tweeted about a while back secret, it didn’t account for a huge chunk of my manufactured spending. A lot… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,198 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in October

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

October was a slow month for me. I had intended to really ramp up my manufactured spending in time for a December trip to the Middle East, but found myself lagging behind. Sometimes, days went by without me placing any… Continue Reading

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An Update on THAT Walmart Incident

Multiple Walmart Money Orders for Manufactured Spending

No, I’m not referring to the bizarre incident where a customer tried to return this plastic corn after  her grandson bought it, thinking it was real. A few weeks ago I wrote about a run-in with the Asset Protection team at Walmart. One… Continue Reading

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My Conversation With an Asset Protection Associate

I was going to restrict my manufactured spending activities posts to monthly summaries, but I think what happened this week is worth sharing. This past weekend, I went to one of my regular Walmart stores. This is the only location… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,000 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in September

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

I realize my weekly manufactured spending posts are getting tedious to read, so rather than repeat my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every week, I decide instead to write  about my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every month how much… Continue Reading

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Save on Beauty Box Subscriptions (and Earn Lots of Points and Miles!)

Earn Points and Miles on Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions like Birchbox and Glossybox are very popular these days. For $10 – $39.95 per month, subscribers get a box of premium beauty product samples shipped to their doorstep. If you’ve ever been subject to a hard-sell at… Continue Reading

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My Week in Manufactured Spending: Gift Card Churning Simplified

Manufactured spending by mail

These days I have a pretty simple manufactured spending routine, which consists of a two step process: 1. Ordering Visa gift cards from Giftcards.com. 2. Liquidating these gift cards on twice weekly trips to Walmart. Since I’ve found two locations… Continue Reading

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Discover’s Strange Classification of Travel Merchants

The way merchants are classified varies by credit card issuer, and each bank has its idiosyncrasies that people in this hobby have exploited to generate points and miles at an accelerated rate. For example, Chase used to classify Card Cash… Continue Reading

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My Second Club Carlson Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Posted

About a month ago I wrote about how I re-applied for the Club Carlson credit card after cancelling it seven months before. This decision was mainly based on the ease of earning free Club Carlson nights through the co-branded credit… Continue Reading

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Funding Long-Term Travel With Points, Miles, and Manufactured Spending

A few weeks ago I asked what you’re saving your points and miles for and probably the number one item on my travel list is going back to Calais and staying there for at least a month. In case you… Continue Reading