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Best way to reach $1500 minimum spend?

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Best way to reach $1500 minimum spend?

I have to reach $1500 on my AMEX SPG card by May 31st. I was thinking of buying $1500 worth of Amazon gc and using it over the year. Any more efficient way? Any way to get discount or promotion on GCs? Thanks!
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Get gift cards to the places you buy groceries and gas, those you will use more often
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I never thought I would see a thread asking for help spending money.

I agree that you should buy gift cards to places where you know you will buy something every week, such as groceries and gas. Also, Costco is a good place assuming you go there regularly.
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from my thread
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/jerrys-l ... #p21754391
How To Reach $500-$5000 minimum spending?
- GIFT CARDS: Gas/Grocery/Pharmacy/Electronic/Amazon
- Pre-pay your bills (Phone/Internet/Utilities/whatever)
- Insurance bills (home & auto) <- this is a big one usually
- Use mobile app [PayTM] to pay your bills, for FREE, for now. I've paid Hydro, insurance, property tax, gas, etc... CRA seems to not work anymore
- Worst case, use Plastiq.ca to pay things you couldn't pay with AMEX (like property tax, CRA, etc...) for about 2-2.5% fee
- or PayPal yourself/friends (2.5% fee?)
- Buy Prepaid Credit Cards (e.g. use AMEX to buy VISA/MC GC at 7-11/gas stations). See this RFD thread for best deals like 7-11 (One Vanilla Mastercard Max $500) (Loading Fee $7.95 Funds do not expire) or PayPower GC $500 + $6.95 activation fee from grocery stores
Which Credit Cards to sign up? >> Jerry's List of Credit Cards with $200+ Welcome bonus/Aeroplan & AMEX Churning FAQ
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If you have a Canadian Tire gas bar nearby, Canadian Tire gift cards can be used there, and will go on sale at Rexall soon for 10% off.

Costco cash card is a good idea but you can only buy them with Amex at cardswap.ca, which has none at the moment.
18% = GTA residents as a proportion of Canada's total population
97% = chance that an RFDer lives in the GTA when he posts something location specific, without giving a location

Were you hit with surprise customs/import fees on an Amazon.ca purchase?
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Kiraly wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:05 pm
If you have a Canadian Tire gas bar nearby, Canadian Tire gift cards can be used there, and will go on sale at Rexall soon for 10% off.

Costco cash card is a good idea but you can only buy them with Amex at cardswap.ca, which has none at the moment.
I buy mine right from Costco.ca

https://m.costco.ca/Costco-Cash-Card.pr ... 84381.html
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:27 pm
I buy mine right from Costco.ca

https://m.costco.ca/Costco-Cash-Card.pr ... 84381.html
Cannot buy on Costco.ca with Amex.

My suggestion for OP's original question is ebates . ca GCs for places he shops at.
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Kiraly wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:05 pm
If you have a Canadian Tire gas bar nearby, Canadian Tire gift cards can be used there, and will go on sale at Rexall soon for 10% off.

Costco cash card is a good idea but you can only buy them with Amex at cardswap.ca, which has none at the moment.
Has Costco cash card ever been available for purchase on cardswap.ca?
Cards:HSBC WE MC 1.5%/3% travel 0 FX MC acceptance 31 day med AF $49
CTC WE MC 3% grocery 4% CTC 5 c/L CTC/Husky free roadside 1% on bill pay
Bank: Alterna (2%+, no fees)
Brokers: IB (For. stocks/low comm)/Reg. RBCDI(service, USD)
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minimalist wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:37 pm
Cannot buy on Costco.ca with Amex.

My suggestion for OP's original question is ebates . ca GCs for places he shops at.
Oops...missed the Amex part in th OP’s post.
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MoneyHypeMike wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:55 pm
Would it work with Amex if you use masterpass?
Nope. "This merchant does not accept this card. Please select a different card."
18% = GTA residents as a proportion of Canada's total population
97% = chance that an RFDer lives in the GTA when he posts something location specific, without giving a location

Were you hit with surprise customs/import fees on an Amazon.ca purchase?
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minimalist wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:38 pm
Has Costco cash card ever been available for purchase on cardswap.ca?
I don't know. Someone would have to sell one to cardswap.ca first. It's hard to imagine that happening—Costco members would just spend it, and non-Costco members can visit a warehouse as a guest and convert the card to cash.
18% = GTA residents as a proportion of Canada's total population
97% = chance that an RFDer lives in the GTA when he posts something location specific, without giving a location

Were you hit with surprise customs/import fees on an Amazon.ca purchase?
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can you buy now then return later?

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