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Meeting Minimum Spend
I am new to this credit card thing, so I apologize if my question is kinda stupid. I understand that sign-up bonus is a major way of getting the miles, but how do I meet the minimum spend of credit cards without actually increasing my monthly expenses?
If you frequent shop at the same stores, you could look at purchasing a gift card there (Target, grocery stores, your favorite local restaurant).
You could also look at pre-paying some monthly expenses if that is an option for you (phone bill, cable bill, rent/mortgage).
In addition to merchant gift cards you could also get Visa gift cards so you’re not locked into a single merchant. These do have activation fees so if you buy a $500 card the fee will be a lower percentage than if you buy a $100 fee. Many grocery stores sell variable load cards that will allow you to put $20-500 on the card for $5.95. The lowest fee I’m aware of is $3.95 at Simon Malls.
What I also have done in the past is to “time” my yearly charity contributions (using a credit card), so that also helps me to meet the spending requirement on the new card.
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