This is an update on my Ally Cashback card. I recently added this credit card to my collection so I could get the bonus.
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When you redeem the cash back to a savings account you get a 10% bonus. I will let my cash back total grow to at least $10 before cashing out so I can get the full effect of the bonus without missing any rounding.
What did I buy?
I used the card for almost the entire month so I could get to the required spending limit. I put the following items on the card:
-cell phone bill
By simply purchasing the things I would ordinarily buy I was able to hit the spending limit. Using this card fit well into my method of using a different credit card every month. I do this to keep track of my spending and refunds, as well as to take advantage of the rotating spending categories.
I was able to cash out $100 and get a $10 bonus by redeeming my points to my Ally savings account. This means I ‘made’ $110 extra this month just for purchasing the things I normally would buy.
The only thing I do not like about this card is the integration with Mint. This card is NOT supported by Mint.com, which means you cannot import your transactions. The downside of this is I have to split the payments into various categories so that my monthly budget in Mint makes sense.
I do recommend getting this card. It is easy to use and the 10% bonus cash back feature is great.
My main card is tough to beat. It’s a Fidelity affinity card, now managed by Elan bank. It lets you choose where to funnel your 2% cash back rewards, and nearly 20 years ago, (!) we chose the 529 account. The punchline is that the kid is now a college freshman, the account balance $38,200, and on track to pay her senior year in full.
I don’t chase the new card deal as much as I might. The last major deal was a card that offered 10% back at grocery and drug stores for the first 90 days. Over that time, I bought $50,000 worth of visa cash cards at CVS. $5000 profit, less the $500 card fees at $5each. Tough to beat that deal. As we got hooked on Amazon Prime, for both their video offering and free shipping, i added the 5% reward card. That nearly pays for the annual fee.
Wow, $50k in visa cards!!! Can you use the visa cards to pay the credit card off? How does that all work?