Trip Report: A Weekend Trip to Denver, CO

 Trip Report: A Weekend Trip to Denver, COBefore we dive into this trip report, let me give you a little back story. This summer, Anberlin released their final album, Lowborn. It’s an awesome album, but that’s no surprise considering how great every other one of their albums is. Because it was their final album, they planned on one last world tour.

I saw them a total of three times prior to this, but I had to go to at least one of their final shows. I grew up listening to Anberlin, so I’m a huge fan of their music. Sadly, we missed their concerts in Adelaide and Sydney by just a few days, which meant our last chance to see them would be during the US portion of their tour.

They didn’t plan on coming to Grand Rapids, which isn’t a surprise. GR is often overlooked in favor of Detroit and Auburn Hills, when it comes to big name concerts. My closest options in this case were Detroit and Chicago. The problem with both of those cities was that the concerts were on weekdays and I didn’t want to take work off.

I ultimately decided to fly to one of their concerts, because I would finally be able to make use of my Southwest Companion Pass. I checked out which weekends I had available and what cities they were playing in during those weekends. My two options ended up being Denver and Dallas. As you can tell by the title of this post, I chose Denver. Why? Because, Denver was a direct flight and Dallas wasn’t.

Now on to the actual report… Read More

Beginner’s Guide: Mattress Running

 Beginners Guide: Mattress RunningAs you know, I recently decided to partake in IHG’s Into the Nights promotion. The only issue was that I didn’t have any planned trips coming up where I could stay at an IHG property and complete the requirements. So, I decided to do a mattress run… Well, two actually.

Before this, I had never done a mattress run before, nor did I know how to. I knew the general concept of it, but knowledge from reading is much different than knowledge from participating, which meant this was a whole new world to me. If you’re in the same boat, don’t worry, that’s why this is the beginner’s guide to mattress running. On the other hand, if you’re an expert, please leave your tips in the comments. Read More

A Plethora of Kohl’s Coupons

 A Plethora of Kohls CouponsIt seems like every other week Kohl’s is running a new promotion with many stackable coupons. This week is no different, other than the fact that it’s one of their most generous weeks yet. Why? Because, they are offering stackable coupons, Yes2Rewards, and Kohl’s Cash all in the same week. That’s a great combination for reselling!

If you’ve never resold at Kohl’s, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Kohl’s charge card is the best way to maximize savings at Kohl’s. It’s pretty much the only way to get 30% off coupons and Kohl’s also offers other charge card specific coupons throughout the year. If you really want to resell at Kohl’s, the charge card is the way to go.
  • Kohl’s cash works like this: You earn $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend during a Kohl’s cash promotion. The Kohl’s cash you earn can then be used usually a week later, but it’s only valid for a week’s time after it can be used. For example, if you get $10 in Kohl’s cash on day 1, you can then use that cash on day 8 through day 15.
  • With Yes2Rewards, you earn 1 point per dollar spent and every 100 points earns you $5.
  • You can use up to 4 coupon codes per only order. One can be a general % off, one can be a $ off, one can be free shipping, and one can be a special promotion (if there is one).

I have an in-depth post coming down the pipeline about Kohl’s, so stay tuned. If you have any questions now, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Here are the current Kohl’s coupons:

  • TOYLIST10: $10 off $50 spent in toys
  • TRICK30: 30% off your order (Kohl’s Charge card only)
  • LEAVESFALL: 15% off your order (non Kohl’s Charge)
  • SHIP2YOU: Free shipping (Kohl’s Charge card only)


  • Free shipping when you spend $75.
  • $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend before taxes and shipping.

Before buying anything at Kohl’s, make sure you’re signed up for Yes2Rewards and you have a Kohl’s account to earn Kohl’s cash! Also, don’t forget to use a portal. Usually, portals are pretty generous when it comes to Kohl’s.

Is Chime Still worth Signing up for or Keeping Open?

 Is Chime Still worth Signing up for or Keeping Open?Chime has been a great card for a little extra manufactured spending every month. Was it better than Visa Buxx, Serve, or Bluebird? No, but it was an easy way to earn $30+ monthly, with very minimal effort. Sadly, though, that day has come to an end.

As of October 8, Chime has been charging a 3% fee for “smaller bank” debit cards. In other words, they mean debit cards that earn you rewards. So, the 1% cash back earned with a Paypal Debit by loading Chime, now costs you 2% and earns you nothing.

Does that mean Chime is completely useless? I don’t think so. Read More

Into The Nights Incremental Update

 Into The Nights Incremental UpdateAs I mentioned before, I decided to participate in IHG’s Into The Nights Promotion. In that post, there were a lot of variables I left to chance. Would my account be closed for using multiple promo codes? If it didn’t get cancelled how many points would I earn? Would my BRGs get approved? If they were approved, would I still get credit for my stay? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions, but I do for some.

Before I decided to participate in this promotion, I didn’t have any status with IHG and I still don’t, I had under 10k IHG points, and I have only stayed at a few (under 5) IHG properties. The likely reason for my (dis)loyalty to the IHG brand is that I have yet to include their credit card in any of my AORs. I keep meaning to, but I always find better options at the time.

If you have similar (dis)loyalty to IHG, I would still suggest participating in this promotion. In fact, chances are you will get a better Into The Nights offer without loyalty than with it. Read More