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August 03, 2011

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In some ways this story reminds me of the extreme couponing. while not coupons, it's the same looking for value process.

It's amazing the deals that are out there if you look.

Ah! No wonder there are now statements like "Limit - One per household" on rebates, etc!

The lengths that some people go to to get free (or discounted) stuff is mind-boggling. Imagine if those people were as dedicated to their finances from the beginning, I wonder if the need to go that far would even be necessary.

Funny, I never made the connection until reading this post, but I'm reminded of the old Val Kilmer movie Real Genius, where a burnt-out genius becomes a recluse and fills out a million Frito-Lay entries and ends up winning something like 33% of the prizes. The interesting thing is the movie and this particular strategy for winning was loosely based on events at CalSci in the 70's (something to do with winning a McDonald's contest)

Living well beneath our means is "creative" enough for me.

I guess it really pays to look for creative ways to get what you want :)

I applaud the creativity but gaming the system won't work for very long because the companies will close the loopholes.
I think better examples are when people build a business around something they want. Say you love classic cars, but you don't have the money to afford a fleet of classic cars for your personal enjoyment. You could make a business that rents classic cars which could provide the money to fund your fleet while it also provides a service to others.

-Rick Francis

Now that is smart couponing!

With the points losing value, what did he actually get for the $3000 that he paid?
Did he at least get a few first class tickets?

Just followed the link. Yep, he made a BUNCH of possible first class tickets! He did make off well with his . . . err. . . "investment"!

I was very close to reaching Companion Pass status on Southwest Airlines several years ago, but due to vacation wasn't going to travel on work and would miss the cut-off. My solution? I found a $39 fare to a nearby city and flew there several round-trips in one day, thus meeting the requirements for the Companion Pass.

What was my upside? My wife was able to fly with me free, on my same itinerary, for one year. She subsequently went on 14 trips with me she would not have otherwise, I gave 4 or 5 reward tickets to needy folks, and we all won big.

I spent maybe $200 on the round-trips to reach the Companion Pass level.

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