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Rewards Update (2011) $4164

January 21st, 2012 at 07:00 am

I got my nook!

I got those gift cards fast. Phew! Will probably give old nook to FIL for his birthday coming up.

{Though I have received some of these rewards in January, all of these rewards were earned in the year 2011. I suppose tehcnically these are all the rewards I expected to receive in 2011, though I am just getting the last of the rewards right now. AmEx was 4 weeks slower to let me redeem my point - compared to ANY of the others. I had really expected to have these gift cards in hand by Dec. 31}.

UPDATED TALLY:

$1030 cash Chase Sapphire (moi)
$200 cash Chase Freedom (dh)
$625 gift cards - Chase SW (dh)
$515 gift cards - Chase SW (moi)
$260 gift cards - AmEx (moi)
$500 gift cards Citi (dh)
+$100 gift cards - Citi for trying to close card
$310 gift cards - Citi (moi)
-$99 annual fee (SW card)
+$99 annual fee refunded when closed card
-$69 Fee (SW card)
+$69 annual fee refunded when closed card
-$41 lost value for exchanging some Citi gift cards for cash and amazon gift cards
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$3499 TOTAL *ONE-TIME REWARDS*

+$ 500 deposit to ROTH (Fidelity Am Ex - 2% cash back)
+$ 25 cash back Fidelity Am Ex
+$ 76 Target rewards (5% discount Target purchases; mostly groceries)
+$ 64 Visa Rewards (1% cash back - for places that don't take AmEx)
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=$4164 Total CC REWARDS 2011
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For 2012, I already redeemed $50 to my ROTH. So, am getting a good head start! But, that said, I don't expect to pull anywhere near $4000 this year. Once our refi is done, will probably have dh apply for Chase Sapphire. He hadn't done that one, so will see. That's a $500 reward. That will put us closer to our usual $1000 average in rewards. We might hit closer to $1500 this year if dh can get $500 from Chase.

13 Responses to “Rewards Update (2011) $4164”

  1. Maismom Says:

    Amazing! Great job!

  2. Amber Says:

    Wow what a way to start the new year off Smile

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Yippee!
    I am pretty sure I burned the Chase Sapphire offer (never opened it) way back when. Frown

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    @LF - check out mymoneyblog.com - I just saw it was still being offered. Which is why I was thinking I should try to sign my hubby up. $500 of course, not the $1000 that a few of us got.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    Unbelievable. You are the Queen of Quedit Qards.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    How much do you have to spend for the Chase Saphire offer?

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    $3000 in 3 months, I think. (That's the thing, our health insurance alone pretty much covers it! But I know it's not so easy for everyone to spend that much in 23 months...).

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    I thought Southwest Chase offer was still good too - $500 in rewards if you make *one purchase.* Worth looking into. Is also at mymoneyblog.com The reward may be only $250 at this time?

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    Er, 3 months, not 23 months - on prior comment! Big Grin

  10. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    3 thousand in 3 months probably wouldn't work for me, but I'll take a look at the one time purchase offer. Smile

  11. MonkeyMama Says:

    There is an annual fee on the SW Chase, but they just refunded it both times I closed the card. I probably wouldn't have made that outflow thought but I had already received $2000. Actually, I didn't know they would refund it, the first time. The second time I had to ask. Just FYI for the *catch* on that one.

  12. MonkeyMama Says:

    I meant to say that I had already received $2000 in OTHER cc rewards, and so why I didn't mind the annual fee on that one.

  13. ceejay74 Says:

    That's a good way to organize it; what was *earned* during the year even if it wasn't received yet. I should try to keep my 2012 separate so I can start a new tally. I think you're right that there's no way we can match last year. $1000 each on the two Sapphire cards; I can't believe that one still! Big Grin

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