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Reader Question: How to Earn Points While Shopping

I love shopping.  I don’t care if it is for myself, my kid, my husband, or for my cousin’s friend’s new baby.  I love deal hunting, and shopping is a great forum for that…while staying within a budget, of course.  As a result, earning points while shopping is almost second nature to me, but that was something that developed over time.  This week one of the questions I received via email was about this very topic, so I want to…

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How to Get a Reluctant Partner Into Points

I have found that it is very common in our hobby to have one person in the relationship be all about earning and redeeming miles and points and the other be ambivalent or even anti-miles and points. In fact, it is so common that one of the sessions I am doing at the Chicago Seminars in October is devoted to the spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc., that are brought along to the miles and points conference, but that are not…

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Choosing a Hotel Loyalty Program – Part 1

One of the cool parts of having a blog is communicating with the different people who stumble across it.  I get emails every day from readers on all sorts of topics related to miles, points, family travel, fussy babies, car seats, hotels, airlines, the best toddler shoes, potty training, etc.  You name it, and I might have received an email on that topic.  Sometimes I am able to easily answer the question(s), sometimes I direct folks to blog posts written…

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Reader Question: Why am I Suddenly Getting Credit Card Denials?

Today I got an email from a reader that I wanted to share and answer here so that others can also see the response (and hopefully add to my answer!). I am a diligent reader of your blog and I was wondering if you could help me out with my current situation.  I got into the miles and points game back in October of last year.  I had two longstanding cards before I was turned on to your blog (Chase…

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Reader Question: Shopping Portal Dilemma

A few days ago I received a question from a reader about shopping portals and how to make the most of her upcoming $499 Apple iPad product purchase.  I am a big fan of strategizing how to make the most of purchases that you were going to make anyway, so I was very excited to have the chance to help someone else do the same thing for her family!  While her individual situation was a bit unique, it got me…

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A draft of a “Rewards Reminder” tracking spreadsheet from The Man

Mommy Points received an email last week asking if she uses a spreadsheet to track credit card sign-up bonus rewards.  We’ve done this for our personal finances for years, tracking all but the smallest expenses to determine if we’re putting more (or less) toward savings at the end of the month.  Maintaining a comfortable minimum balance in our checking account is our main goal, however, as bills never exactly coincide with income, and, without monitoring it closely, it’s possible that…

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Little C’s Traveling Friends: Four Year Old Addison

I love sharing stories and tips for traveling with a baby and toddler. It does no good for your family to have earned tons of miles and points only to not use them due to fear of the challenges of traveling with little ones. Or perhaps worse, to use your hard earned miles and points, only to have the trip quickly head south due to some avoidable pitfalls of traveling with little ones. I have some of my own tips…

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Reader Question: Getting Your Partner On Board

I love reader questions, and was especially excited to get this one as it hits close to home for me. Here’s the question (and feel free to send in your question to mommypoints@hotmail.com): I got addicted to the miles/points game a year and half ago, and am enthusiastic about finding interesting deals and trips. However, my wife has not caught the bug and moreover, she is not really excited about traveling, which is somewhat understandable because we have a 3-year…

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Reader Questions Answered

If you have a question that I might be able to help out with, shoot me an email (mommypoints@hotmail.com) and I’ll be happy to give it a shot! I may even answer it here, just as I am this question that came in. I love talking points and travel, so the more the merrier! Hi do you know any hotel rewards/points programs for really cheap hotels that have weekly rates? I usually stay at extended stay or something like that…

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