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Connecting the dots: Prepaid cards that allow debit reloads

Which cards allow debit reloads

Following the widespread shutdowns Amex inflicted on Bluebird and Serve cardholders, people are rushing to find alternatives.  There are many manufactured spend opportunities that do not involve prepaid cards, but for those who prefer to stick with what they know, I developed a couple of resources: Best practices for prepaid card manufactured spend Reload Cards with Free Bill Pay The two posts shown above provide key information, but they don’t directly answer the question people…

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Best practices for increasing credit card spend through prepaid cards

prepaid card manufactured spend

Earlier this week, I published “My winter 2016 approach to manufactured spending.”  In that post I mentioned that all 6 of the Serve cards I had been managing were shut down.  And, I wrote: I can load gift cards to any number of other cards for a small fee ($4.95 or less, typically).  Many such cards (Account Now, for example) have free bill pay, so a 1% load fee isn’t the end of the world,…

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A faster way to add money to your PayPal account

PayPal register reload

As reported by Doctor of Credit, it appears that PayPal will be replacing reload cards (MyCash cards and MoneyPaks) with a new “load at register” approach.  Before this change it is/was possible to buy PayPal reload cards (either in the form of PayPal My Cash cards or Greendot MoneyPaks) at a store and then reload your PayPal account online using those cards.  Sometimes it has been possible to earn credit card rewards by buying those…

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Reloadit cash-only memo

CVS isn’t the only major chain with reload card cash-only memos flying around.  Safeway got in the game too, with respect to Reloadit cards.  See the photo, below, that was sent to me by a reader.  Reloadit cards are similar to Vanilla Reload cards in how they work (but cannot be loaded to Bluebird or Serve).  Some people have been able to use their credit cards to buy Reloadit cards at Safeway owned stores (Safeway,…

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The true cost of reload points

If you use a point-earning credit card and pay $3.95 for a $500 reload card, what is your cost per point?  The answer may surprise you (it surprised me).  If you find a store that allows you to buy reload cards with a credit card (see “Reader reload research“), you can essentially buy points for less than a penny each.  Right?  The math is simple: cost = $3.95. points earned (with a 1X card) =…

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Reader reload research

Below is the latest gift card and reload news, with thanks to many readers… Fee free gift cards… Nope On Friday, I published a QuickDeal titled: “Fee free $200 Visa gift card at office supply store (unconfirmed).”  I reported that one reader recently was not charged the usual $6.95 fee when buying a $200 Visa gift card at Office Depot.  I asked “Anyone else experience this?”  Quite a few readers rushed out to give it…

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Reload updates

Quick weekend news about Walmart, the three letter drug store, and the numerically named convenience store…  The numerically named convenience store While I haven’t had a chance recently to revisit my local convenience store, I’ve heard report after report from readers that these stores are no longer allowing Vanilla Reload purchases with credit cards.  Apparently there was a memo.  Also, even when cashiers are willing to let people use a credit card, they have found…

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Hilton Amex to drop drug stores & telecom bonus categories

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. UPDATE: Gary reports that changes are coming, but not until May. Plus he has details about other changes: some good, some bad.  Read the details here. I was notified recently by a few readers, this TravelBloggerBuzz post, and this FlyerTalk thread, that American Express no longer shows drug stores…

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The reload game is on

On Saturday I reported that Office Depot has stopped selling Vanilla Reload cards.  This came as a shock and disappointment to many because it put an end to the “5X everywhere” technique I first wrote about in “One card to rule them all” and then later refined with “Bluebird takes flight and changes the game.”  One problem with the 5X everywhere technique was that it was easily available to everyone, and it created a sort…

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