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June 20th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

**Just waiting for a few bank and credit card rewards to come through. $200 seems to be the number, of late. (I think we have racked up 5 x $200).

I am pleased to say that the Southwest Chase double dip worked. Woohoo! That will be $500 in gift cards.

Crossing my fingers that our "fake direct deposit" worked for another $200. Will find out next week.

**Kids finished school this week and so we are slipping into vacation mode. I don't think I work a full week again until they go back to school.

**The kids' birthdays are coming up in July. That whole thing has been interesting. We literally and seriously told them not to expect anything for their birthday. Which we did achieve last year (no gifts). But have failed this year. We told them that because we bought some things earlier in the year that we did not want to wait until July for.

BUT, with credit card rewards and deals, their gift pile has gotten absolutely ridiculous. At least it will be very unexpected.

We spent $50 on them. Dh saw a prepaid Moto G phone deal and picked that up. They use my old phone to play games they can't get elsewhere. So, when dh saw this deal he was very excited about it. I thought it was the perfect surprise gift. (The Moto G is much nicer, and they won't have to share the one phone as much).

Dh wants to pick up a Wii U with the gift cards. We are negotiating on that. (He seems pretty set on it so I am trying to talk him into buying it after birthdays or holding until Christmas. It seems ridiculous for birthday). We had also already agreed to pick up a tent for them, with gift cards. We saw a massive one for $100-ish and thought that it would be nice for them to have a tent for the backyard. One that we don't care if they muck up.

THEN, I am talking to MIL the other day and she tells me to tell dh she "picked up a DS2" and then quickly changed the subject. I was thinking, "Surely that is not for my kids?" So I asked him about that, and surely it *is* for my kids. Rolleyes (The in-laws are crazy on the Christmas gifts but usually don't do much for their birthdays. BUT, they are trying to rack up some travel rewards).

So that is how their "expect nothing" birthday turned into the Great Gift Extravaganza of 2014.

**Our trip with the in-laws is coming up. (Which is also a birthday gift of sorts, for the kids). I never know if these trips are going to cost us $0 or $1,000. When they invite us and insist on paying for the bulk of it. But it's been several years and we are in an infinitely better financial position than last time we planned a trip together. So we will just roll with it.

Since the in-laws are racking up credit card rewards, they already bought all the park tickets and we have our kitty daycare covered. Which is a great start. I think if I suggested they put us as authorized users on their reward credit card that they would be over the moon with us charging up all our gas and food on the trip. But, I didn't go there. As is, we can handle food and gas. & I am sure they will manage to squeeze in and pay for some of that.

5 Responses to “This & That”

  1. mich Says:

    Mm. What is your fake direct deposit. I am intrigued and eager to learn. Thank u

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Mich - I have never done a bank reward that required a direct deposit because we don't have any direct deposits in my household. (The fine print for this Chase offer says it has to be social security or paycheck deposit). But I started to hear recently that basically any old bank transfer will count as a "direct deposit". I suppose that makes sense. It's not like the giant banks review every single transaction.

    Unfortunately I don't remember the website, but I had stumbled upon a discussion about which bank transfers counted as "direct deposits" for Chase. One of my savings accounts qualified so I made a transfer. Instead of transferring an even amount I chose an amount that looked more like a paycheck - like $452.17 or something like that. Bank transfers are often round numbers. That was the other tip that I picked up. So, will see.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    What is this bank reward? Where are you going on vacation?

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    LAL - $200 for opening a Chase checking account. You have to get a direct offer (or buy a code on ebay). We are going to Southern California.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The boys sure will be surprised. Smile

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