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… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
Okay, this one wasn’t actually a reader question, but rather a question from a future reader. My mom, a retired school teacher, ran into one of her former teacher buddies yesterday and the topic of Mommy Points came up. After hearing about miles and points from my mom (yay, mom!), her teacher friend said she is very interested in a rewards credit card, and was going to go home that… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
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… Read the Rest.
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 email@example.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… Read the Rest.
If you have a question that I might be able to help out with, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?… Read the Rest.