1) Check this thread on Fatwallet for phone numbers and web links to see the status of your recent credit card applications. You may want to scroll down for an updated info.
2) A deal from Officemax that lets you save $15 on $300 Visa gift cards. You can make a profit by using Ink and Bold Chase cards. Also useful for meeting minimum spend, as long as you can easily liquidate. Expires June 28th. More on this at Miles to Memories blog HERE
3) If you buy Amex gift cards through BigCrumbs (my link), make sure not to use any coupon codes, otherwise your cash back will be invalidated. The payout is currently 3 percent. Other portals don’t have that policy yet. (h/t Pointchaser blog)
4) Southwest shopping portal is running a promotion for 8 days, increasing the payout on specific stores. Check and see if there is anything you need to buy. The points count towards the Companion pass.
5) One of my readers brought up an interesting angle of buying Disney tickets through Orbitz, so it’s coded as travel charge. Keep that in mind if using Capital One Venture card or Barclaycard Arrival.
6) Last call for an increased offer for Amex SPG, business and personal cards. Both pay me commission. You can also get your friend to refer you if they have it. As I mentioned earlier, you have to be approved by June 30th. I applied and got it. Data point: Amex pulled Experian (their usual choice for Florida).
You can sign up for a free account on CreditSesame, which will show your inquiries from Experian. I had 11 pulls from that agency in the last 2 years, 6 in the last 12 months. This card makes twelve inquiries, so I’ll be on sidelines till next year, maybe…
This is not an advice for any of you, so do what you are comfortable with. Twelve inquiries is a lot, and I don’t recommend you follow in my footsteps if your credit file is thin.
7) In case you are going to Chicago Seminars this year, you may want to see this FTG post on some presenters’ profiles (with photos), specifically Scott Grimmer from Mile Value and Drew Macomber from Travel is Free blog. Yep, you paid close to a hundred bucks (or more) to talk to these guys. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting our best and brightest!
On my mind
Most families have an inside joke, something corny only a few people would understand. For my husband and I, it’s the expression “Mrs. Bear.” Let me explain. I’ve said before that being a SAHM isn’t always rosy. Actually, I’ll rephrase it: It’s awful at times. However, I don’t have any regrets about choosing this path for my family.
Honestly, I’m just not very good at it, mostly because I get bored easily and lack the motivation to organize creative activities for my children. So, our days consist of a lot of TV watching, especially now that both kids are home. I’m not proud of it, just telling it like it is.
Even when I try to mix it up, it turns quirky, and not in a good way. A few months ago, I was pretending to be a bear and trying to scare my 6-year-old daughter. I don’t really have any experience with that type of animal, so was making it up as I went along, kind of like this blog. A side note: Someone once asked me if we had bears walking the streets in my country. True story!
Anyway, at one point, my daughter asked me :”Mrs. Bear, where are your children?” Since I was trying to stay in character, I just swiped and growled at her. She looked at me seriously and said: “Did you kill them?”
It was dark and funny at the same time. So, now, when I get frustrated with kids, I say two words to my husband: “Mrs. Bear.” And he knows that I need a break from my cubs.
Readers, do you have any silly expressions in your family that only you would understand?
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.