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[Expired] Easy 5x: $10 off $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [3/10-3/16/1]

Starting today, 3/10/19, Office Max / Office Depot is offering an instant $10 off $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards through 3/16/19 (or while supplies last). The Deal Purchase $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot and save $10 instantly from 13/10/19 through 3/16/19 Not in this week’s ad but showing up in stores Key Terms In-store only One offer per transaction (YMMV on multiple transactions) Quick Thoughts This deal is best maximized by…

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Staying organized: A sheet for gift card purchases

Greg recently wrote a post about The Tools We Use (for playing the game) that talked about many of the tools we use to earn more miles and points. In email chatter between the three of us (Greg, Stephen, and me) there was a lot of talk about various tools we use to stay organized in this hobby of collecting miles and points. One tool that #TeamFM relies upon highly is Google Sheets, which is a…

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Current Visa and Mastercard Gift Card Deals

Almost every week, there is an available offer somewhere to save on the purchase of Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards. These cards are popularly purchased as gifts, but can also be an effective way to increase credit card spend for the purposes of earning rewards. Sometimes, promotions like those below make it possible to come out a few dollars ahead and earn free rewards. You can read more about this in our Manufactured Spending Complete Guide.…

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(EXPIRED) Get Happy Again: $20 of $150 on Happy cards @ Office Max / Office Depot [11/25-12/1]

*Update: Re-posting this as the free Google Home Mini has been extended while supplies last. They will ring up free with a purchase of $150 or more and that does not exclude gift cards. YMMV by the store manager of course, but if you can convince them to ring it up, the Google Mini will come up free (must enter your rewards number). Keep in mind that your purchase has to be $150 or more…

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[Update: Extended to Sat] Free Google Home Mini with your Visa Gift Cards? [YMMV]

Update: I just received an email that this doorbuster has officially been extended to Saturday while supplies last. I’m sure it’s likely still not meant to work with gift cards, but several readers had success on Friday afternoon / evening. I’m going to make a trip out to the store Saturday morning to see if I can still grab this one. A reader reached out to let us know that they received a free Google Home Mini…

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Walmart’s new Money Order limits: new speed limit enforced [likely nationwide]

Those who have long manufactured spend by using gift cards to purchase money orders at Walmart will now find themselves running into a new roadblock: cashiers are now reportedly being prompted by the register to ask for ID for any money order transactions in excess of $1K (seems to be nationwide) and inputting it into a Walmart database. Furthermore, registers are hard-coded not to allow a customer to purchase more than $8,000 in money orders…

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(EXPIRED) Fee-free Visa GCs at Staples Sept 2 through 8 2018

Staples will be offering fee-free $200 Visa Gift Cards starting tomorrow – Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 through Saturday, September 8, 2018. The add states one per customer – YMMV as to whether or not a cashier will allow more than one purchase. The Deal Staples will waive the $6.95 activation fee when you buy a $200 Visa Gift Card from 9/2/18 to 9/8/18 Direct link to ad (see page 5) Key Terms Limit 1 per customer (really per transaction,…

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Cash back on Visa Gift Cards is back at GiftCardMall / GiftCards.com

Good news on the MS front — it appears that the opportunity to earn cash back on Visa Gift Card purchases is back through some portals at GiftCardMall and GiftCards.com. You can earn 1% back on the face value of Visa gift cards (not including activation fee), which can help reduce the cost of purchase significantly. Greg reports having received the following email from SimplyBestCoupons: Great news! Visa Gift Cards cashback on is now available again from GiftCards.com and GiftCardMall.com…

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