Posted by William Charles on January 4, 2015
Sunday Roundup

Published on January 4th, 2015 | by William Charles

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Best Posts This Week Jan 4th: 5% Activation Links & Tips, Grocery Stores That Sell $500 Visa Gift Cards & Checking Account That Offers 5.07% APY

This was another relatively slow week due to the New Year, I was hoping to see some more American Express sync offers but that hasn’t been the case as of yet. Because it’s a new year, it’s a new quarter which means you need to remember to active all of your cards that earn 5% in rotating categories. We’ve made this easy for you by putting all of them into one post, we also included a few spending tips to help you max out these categories.

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We also let you know about a credit union that has a rewards checking account that can earn up to 5.07% APY on balances up to $20,000. This same credit union also offers a grocery store cash rebate card that earns 3% cash back on up to $200,000 in purchases per year and comes with a $100 sign up bonus.

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Our latest writer, Manasa R also contributed her first post which was a fantastic round up of all the Fidelity IRA & Brokerage bonuses. I’m really excited to add another regular contributor to the site, she will be focusing on brokerage bonuses but will also touch on other topics as well.

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I also tried my hand at predicting the future, by guessing what will change with credit cards in 2015. I can’t wait until the end of the year to see how close my predictions were, no doubt they will give everybody (myself included) a good laugh.

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Credit Karma also beefed up their free credit monitoring service by adding Equifax data. This now means you can get your full credit report, VantageScore and monitor your TransUnion & Equifax data with Credit Karma. It’s a shame that they still aren’t offering users access to a FICO score, but I imagine that is for cost reasons. Thankfully the majority of credit card issuers are now offering consumers access to their FICO score for free.

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If you have a Chase Freedom card then you will know that the 5% categories for this quarter include grocery stores. A lot of grocery stores sell $500 gift cards, which is an easy way to hit the $1,500 limit. To make things easier for all of you doing manufactured spending, we put together this complete list of grocery stores that sell $500 and whether they accept credit cards or not and any other policies they have.

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All Of Our Posts This Week

Sunday 28th

Monday 29th

Tuesday 30th

Wednesday 31st

Thursday 1st

Friday 2nd

Saturday 3rd

Best Posts From Around The Web

Manufactured Spending

Credit Cards:

Travel Hacking:

Misc

Deals Dying Next Week

A lot of deals died last week, so there aren’t a lot dying this week but the following deals will be:

 



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It looks like I am too late for the $25 Tango Gift Card (offer suspended):
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Thansk for linking to my Frontier Airlines AMEX MR post. I won’t shed any tears for that loss.

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