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Tag: Manufactured Spending

VanillaGift.com: No fees on digital Visa gift cards with promo code VGHOLIDAY23

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VanillaGift.com is running another sale that's waiving the purchase fees on Visa gift cards, this time when using the promo code VGHOLIDAY23. The Deal Buy...

2.5x Membership Rewards or 2.5% cash back in-store at Safeway/Albertsons with Rakuten

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One of our favorite shopping portals, Rakuten, is back with a offer for holiday grocery shopping: 2.5% cash back or 2.5x Membership Rewards at...

My buying group experiment: throwing in the towel, for now

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In early July, my wife, my son, and I all applied and were approved for new credit cards (see: 3 Inks approved again. 420K points...

That time I left $3,000 in gift cards in my hotel room safe (on...

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Over the summer, I made a super bone-headed mistake: I checked out of a hotel and left medicine and more than $3,000 in Mastercard...

My Buying Group Experiment: Day One Failures

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A couple of weeks ago, my wife, my son, and I all applied and were approved for new credit cards (see: 3 Inks approved...

Using Buying Groups to Increase Credit Card Spend

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There are many reasons that you might want to increase credit card spend. You may need to meet minimum spend requirements on new credit...

Manufactured Spending Complete Guide

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Manufactured spending is the technique of maximizing credit card spend to earn rewards while minimizing the adverse affect on your bank account balance. There are...

Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

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Visa and Mastercard gift cards can be extremely useful tools to maximize rewards on credit card spend.  These cards are sold both in fixed...

Finding the hidden secrets of manufactured spending (on Nick’s mind)

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Tim published a post last week in which he mentiotned in passing that he spends a lot of money at office supply stores. A...

Simon Mall struggling with delivery delays on gift cards (up to two weeks or...

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Simon Mall recently sent out an e-mail apologizing to customers for extended shipping delays on Visa Gift Cards.  The letter blamed a combination of...
Tax Manufactured Spend

Judge Rules Some Credit Card Rewards-Earning Activity Is Taxable

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There's a tax ruling which will be of interest for anyone who manufactures spend (and even those who don't) as the IRS was trying...

(EXPIRED) 5x Online: Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

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Staples.com is once again offering fee-free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards right now. The maximum is 2 cards per account, but this is still a...

Walmart Manufactured Spending Policy Memo: “That activity should be stopped”

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The points & miles world is abuzz with talk about a memo titled "Manufactured Spending Policy" that reportedly went out to Walmart employees.  The...

Many Problems Reported On MetaBank Visa Gift Cards (Simon, Staples & Others)

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There have been numerous reports in the past few days of issues surrounding the liquidation of Visa gift cards. All the initial chatter seemed to...

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