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travel hacking?? And other financial odds and ends

August 17th, 2011 at 02:53 pm

So, I've just heard of travel hacking. Apparently, it's a clever way of utilizing incentive programs to earn significant amounts of free travel that you then use to go round the world or wherever for free.

Has any one hear of this or know how it works? I saw one site, but it was a pay site so I was turned off. Then, another blog where a lady discusses her strategies. Sounds like a lot of opening new accounts and shuffling things around. Might be worth it for a big trip? (Like hubby and I anniversary?)

In other news, my September extra freelance assignment turns out to be for $100 more than I had expected-- $250-- so that is great!

I may also be back on track. I had some extra money this pay period, so I sent $100 extra to the savings account and $75 to the car loan. I paid the mortgage and still have another $500 freelance check coming this week. May use it to pay for preschool plus some savings or debt repayment. Not sure yet.

Also upped our biweekly debit to the emergency fund, from $50 to $100. It is a small, sad amount considering how much it was before we bought this house, but at least I feel like I'm finding my way back to on track!

1 Responses to “travel hacking?? And other financial odds and ends”

  1. Jerry Says:

    I read about one of these a couple of months ago. It seems a fellow saw a "frequent flyer miles" offer on some brand of pudding, and calculated out that if he spent $3000 on pudding he would have some insurance that it could equate to a couple of million miles, as I recall. Anyway, it worked out to lead to something like 8 round trips to Europe... not bad for 3 grand. I wish I could remember more details, but it seemed like a legit thing. Not that the pudding company is still doing that anymore, I am sure! Smile Jerry

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