Alternatives to Manufactured Spending

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Although I generally only cover topics within the realm of personal finance and frugality, writing about travel is my hands-down favorite thing to do.  And as a writer for Frugal Travel Guy, I know I’m slightly preoccupied with the latest credit card signup bonuses, destinations, and hot deals. [Read more...]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part Two

Me and some random guy in New Orleans.  He told me he felt queasy because he "just ate a sammich."

Me in New Orleans with my….ummmm…..friend…..

Yesterday I wrote about our upcoming trips with credit card rewards, and how we used points and miles to pay for the majority of our travels.  Today I’m simply picking up where I left off.  And that, my friends, will be in one of my favorite places on Earth- New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more...]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part One

My Worst Nightmare....

My Worst Nightmare….

Good morning, party people!  Happy Monday!

I just got done planning out the details of my August budget, and it’s…ummmm…..slightly on the pricey side.  That’s because some of the trips we’ve been planning are coming up this month and, as we all know, travel ain’t cheap.    [Read more...]

Want to see Europe for FREE? Do This.

milanThere are so many places I want to see in the world, and – as a travel writer – I’m always scheming different ways to get there.  I could pay with real money, of course, but who wants to do that?

Psshhhhtttt….. [Read more...]

Credit Card Rewards: What Am I Doing Now?

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

Even though I write plenty about credit card rewards over at Frugal Travel Guy, I like to write about it on my home turf from time to time.  I guess it’s partly because I get so many personal emails and questions from people wondering which rewards they should pursue and which deals are H-O-T.

To be honest, it can sometimes be hard to answer those questions.  After all, we all have different travel goals and the best option for one person isn’t always the same for someone else.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to give a rundown of the cards we’ve signed up for over the past six months and why. 

Whether you want to travel abroad, sail the Mediterranean Sea with Royal Holiday, or simply earn a few free flights, the following strategies might help: [Read more...]

Credit Card Denied? Try This…

deniedEarlier this week, I wrote about how much I love credit card rewards and how we usually have anywhere from 20-40 cards at any given time.  That probably sounds like an overwhelming number of cards, but it’s not that hard to keep track of it all with a simple spreadsheet.  On a regular ol’ sheet of paper, I have a list of every card we have, which one of us signed up for it, when we signed up, and when the annual fee kicks in.  Then, when I do cancel the card, I write down the cancellation date in a separate column.  Boom. [Read more...]