It’s hard to believe that my final Target REDcard load was in Atlanta on May 1.
I stopped by Target a couple of times to load my REDcard. The first time was to finish off my load for the month of April with the second time mentioned above.
My brother and I originally planned to stop by Target the morning of our flight home on May 2. This would’ve finished off the monthly load for May but we ended up getting rid of our rental car the night before so this never happened.
When I got home I was totally exhausted and saw no need to rush to Target to start loading the remaining $2,500 to my card. I figured there was a few weeks left to worry about that so why make any unnecessary extra trips.
Well go figure… just a few days after I got home the dreaded news started to circulate about a memo being sent to Target locations about credit cards no longer being allowed to load REDcard starting May 6.
I thought about stopping by Target later that day but didn’t feel it was really worth the trouble. Considering my local stores limit loads to $1,000 per day (and real work to take care of), I passed on the option to load my card with a credit card one last time.
I think I may have also been in denial.
When CVS stopped allowing Vanilla Reloads to be purchased with credit cards, it took some time for the changes to be implemented across all of the stores. I couldn’t imagine Target acting so quickly to make these changes happen but it happened!!!
So now I’m wondering what’s next???
I wouldn’t consider myself heavily involved in manufactured spend but these techniques and tricks are (obviously) a great way to hit the minimum spends required for credit card bonuses.
I dabbled a bit in purchasing $1 coins from the U.S. Mint a few years back which was equal parts fun and a pain to get rid of. I also had fun hunting down Vanilla Reloads & PayPal gift cards. For a while I bought gift cards at Staples to load to my BlueBird. However, that was always a pain since there are no Walmart stores close to home. Then the REDcard came along which was the easiest (besides Amazon Payments) and cheapest way to do manufactured spend, although with limits…
For now, I might start buying gift cards again at Staples to try to load to REDcard but I’m not so confident that the stores close to home will allow this.
Hopefully something new will soon come along to make up for the loss of Target REDcard.
What kind of manufactured spender are you?
Does anybody have any MS tricks up their sleeve that they’d like to share? 🙂