Monday, December 14, 2009

Coin-Money Mile-ionnaires

It is a few months later, and my colleagues at the Wall Street Journal have written an adendum to my post "A Coupon Clipped is a Coupon Earned."

Miles for Nothing: How the Government Helped Frequent Fliers Make a Mint

Free Shipping of Coins, Put on Credit Cards, Funds Trip to Tahiti; 'Mr. Pickles' Cleans Up

This article tickles me. If I had the patience and time to pull off one of these schemes, I just might... but I can't help but wonder how many people start things like this -- endless rounds of free teeth whitening trials, toll free numbers, and get-now-pay-later "arrangements" -- and end up with -$234,097,234 in the bank from automatic free-trial-payments or by just forgetting to deposit the money they bought from the mint!

Well, more power to ya, Mr. Pickles, cuz it seems like sweepstakes nowadays aren't what they used to be!

More on CBS Cares and their wild gift ideas to come!


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