Churning Towards Investments
 

Churning Towards Investments

It’s been a long while since I posted here! I took a long break from work, from blogging, from churning credit cards, and from selling gift cards for a few months to focus on the family. My kids are growing up too fast and I wasn’t spending enough time with...
Giveaway: McAfee Antivirus Software (PC)
 

Giveaway: McAfee Antivirus Software (PC)

Back in January of this year, Staples had a rebate offer for McAfee Antivirus Basic 1 PC. The software was selling for $39.99 but Staples offered a rebate of $39.98 which brings the price down to a penny. The terms stated a limit of 10 rebates per household. The following week,...
Giveaway: Free Groceries to Help Someone in Need
 

Giveaway: Free Groceries to Help Someone in Need

Over the past few weeks, I started helping people plan and book their vacations. I learned a few tricks to getting really great deals on hotels and flights by stacking gift cards, shopping portals, rebates, special promotions, price match, credit card miles/points, and hotel/airline rewards programs. Not everything can stack at the...
Giveaway: Free Cinemark Movie Tickets
 

Giveaway: Free Cinemark Movie Tickets

Last year, I wrote about how I bought 12 Cinemark Movie Tickets for only $22. That amazing deal was from taking advantage of an AMEX offer for $20 off $20 at samsclub.com. I bought a number of movie tickets and Disney gift cards that cost me very little. Since then,...
Amazon Black Friday Sales Report
 

Amazon Black Friday Sales Report

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links from Amazon.com. I receive a commission when you make a purchase using these links, so thanks for supporting FPT Gift Box! Today, I finally sold the last of the goods I acquired during Black Friday. I stayed up really late on Thanksgiving (or early...
2015 Year in Review (Part 1)
 

2015 Year in Review (Part 1)

Many bloggers in the travel hacking community have posted their 2015 year in review, and I’m only about a month behind! I have a huge backlog of articles that I’ve been wanting to write. I don’t know how others do it, but between my full-time day job, two little kids that demand my...
AMEX Offer: $10 off $10 Hulu
 

AMEX Offer: $10 off $10 Hulu

American Express is currently running a $10 off $10 Hulu offer. The offer expires on 4/30/2016, so there’s still plenty of time to enroll in this offer if you watch a lot of shows on Hulu. You can find the offer when you log in to your American Express account...
[EXPIRED] Discount Gift Cards On Raise (1/22-1/24) – CVS, Kohls, JCPenney, McDonald’s, and More
 

[EXPIRED] Discount Gift Cards On Raise (1/22-1/24) – CVS, Kohls, JCPenney, McDonald’s, and More

Raise.com comes out with an additional 5% discount on select gift cards every week. It’s probably their way of getting rid of extra inventory. Some of the deals are quite good and I’ve bought quite a few gift cards for personal use. I wouldn’t buy these gift cards to resell...
AMEX Offer: $50 off $100 Airbnb
 

AMEX Offer: $50 off $100 Airbnb

Several weeks ago, American Express had a $50 off $100 Airbnb offer. The offer has expired already. It has taken me a long time to write about the deal because I was waiting for all the statement credits to post. If you want to hear about the best and the...
Giveaway: Gap Brand Gift Cards (Part 2)
 

Giveaway: Gap Brand Gift Cards (Part 2)

Over the past few months, I bought and sold over $100k worth of Gap gift cards because Safeway had a 20% off deal.  Along the way, I also earned over 100k British Avios points, made a small profit on the gift cards, and earned over $5k worth of free gas....
October 2015 Report
 

October 2015 Report

This post is long overdue! It’s almost the end of November and I’m just getting around to looking at my numbers for October. I thought to highlight a few interesting stats. Gift card purchases and sales I bought and liquidated: $41,860 Gap / Old Navy / Banana Republic gift cards...
Save 80% on Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints
 

Save 80% on Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate and referral links from Tiny Prints, Groupon, and TopCashback. Update (11/30): One person tried this offer and couldn’t get the F&F code to stack with the Groupon voucher.  Yesterday, I posted about how you can save over 90% discount on your holiday cards from Tiny Prints. I...
[EXPIRED] Save Over 90% on your Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints
 

[EXPIRED] Save Over 90% on your Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate and referral links from Tiny Prints, Gilt City, and TopCashback. Update (11/29): The Gilt City offer ended today but Groupon came out with a similar offer. Read this post for the latest details. I just ordered our family holiday cards from Tiny Prints for a savings of...
$100 Chevron Gift Card for $94 or Less
 

$100 Chevron Gift Card for $94 or Less

I’m selling a number of Chevron gift cards that I’ve acquired at a discount from eBay. The $100 for $95 deal is over now but it seems to come around every few weeks. FPT Gift Box buys and sells gift cards to help raise money to send kids with severe...
AMEX Shop Small for over 35% Discount off Our Favorite Restaurant!
 

AMEX Shop Small for over 35% Discount off Our Favorite Restaurant!

This year’s American Express Small Business offer is different from the previous years. Last year, all my American Express cards had the offer to receive 3 x $10 statement credit for supporting a small business. This year, only a few American Express credit cards were targeted to receive a statement...
Requesting Hyatt Diamond Status Match
 

Requesting Hyatt Diamond Status Match

Saw from One Mile At A Time and Miles to Memories that Hyatt is offering Diamond Status match. You can send a direct message via Twitter to @HyattConcierge showing proof of your elite status with other hotel chains. Programs that work for the match: SPG Gold/Platinum IHG Spire/Platinum Hilton Gold/Diamond Marriott Gold/Platinum I’ve...
Vote for Your Favorite FPT Gift Box Logo Design
 

Vote for Your Favorite FPT Gift Box Logo Design

Update (11/19): Thanks for the votes. Just narrowed down to 8 designs, so click on Round #2 to vote. I ran a logo & business card design card on 99Designs for FPT Gift Box. I’ve selected the 6 finalists that will enter the final round. Would love to get everyone’s feedback on the designs. The...
$20k Challenge for 100k British Avios Points (Part 3)
 

$20k Challenge for 100k British Avios Points (Part 3)

This is the last of the 3-part series on my $20k challenge to earn 100k Avios points for using the Chase British Avios credit card. If you haven’t already, read the previous two parts first. In part 1, I wrote about the Chase British Avios 100k bonus offer for meeting...
What $15k Worth of Gift Cards Look Like
 

What $15k Worth of Gift Cards Look Like

Made two trips to Safeway and one trip to Target today to pick up a total of $15k worth of gift cards. Safeway is still running the 20% discount on the GAP Brand gift cards, so I’ll be visiting Safeway a few more times over the next few days. This...
AMEX Offer: $10 off $200 American Express Gift Cards (Part 2)
 

AMEX Offer: $10 off $200 American Express Gift Cards (Part 2)

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon.com, Raise.com, and TopCashback. A few weeks ago, I posted about the AMEX Offer: $10 off $200 American Express Gift Cards (Part 1). For most people, this isn’t a good offer because the $3.95 activation fee and $8.95 shipping fee would...
One Year Anniversary of Using the Barclay Arrival Plus
 

One Year Anniversary of Using the Barclay Arrival Plus

It was just a little more than a year ago that I applied for the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. This was the first and the very beginning of what became a hobby (more like an extreme sport) of churning credit cards and collecting mile/points. Prior to that, I’ve...
Donation to MVEF that Achieved 12x Giving Impact
 

Donation to MVEF that Achieved 12x Giving Impact

My 5 year old started kindergarten this year at a school that’s part of the Mountain View Whisman School district. All the parents are asked to make a donation to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. MVEF raises funds to support essential programs for all Mountain View students.  These programs include...
Giveaway: $600 Worth of BP Gas Gift Cards
 

Giveaway: $600 Worth of BP Gas Gift Cards

Even though I only registered and launched the official FPT Gift Box website a few weeks ago, I’ve been buying and selling random goods for a long time (e.g., gift cards, Disneyland tickets, LEGO sets, iPads, laptops, etc.). This has been my most productive year by far which has led...
[EXPIRED] Giveaway: $500 Worth of Gap Brand Gift Cards (Part 1)
 

[EXPIRED] Giveaway: $500 Worth of Gap Brand Gift Cards (Part 1)

UPDATE (12/2/2015): No longer accepting entries. See this post to read about the recipients and how they’ll be using the gift cards! FPT Gift Box is all about “The FPT (5+2) Model” – that is, turning limited resources into abundance and blessings.  Over the last few weeks, I turned a $20k credit...
Save Over 50% at Michaels Arts & Crafts
 

Save Over 50% at Michaels Arts & Crafts

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon.com, Raise.com, and TopCashback. I take my kids to Michaels Arts & Craft almost every week to get art supplies because we love to work on art projects. They also offer $2 weekly art class (Kids Club) every Saturday morning....
$1,200 Bonus From Opening Discover Bank Accounts
 

$1,200 Bonus From Opening Discover Bank Accounts

FPT Gift Box is all about “The FPT (5+2) Model” – that is, turning limited resources into abundance and blessings. There’s free money literally floating around everywhere if only people know where to look and are willing to take some time to learn about them, read the fine print, and...
$20K Challenge for 100K British Avios Points (Part 2)
 

$20K Challenge for 100K British Avios Points (Part 2)

I posted about my $20k challenge to earn 100k British Avios Points a few weeks ago. I signed up for the Chase British Airways credit card and needed to meet $20k spending requirement within the first year. The offer was: 50,000 bonus Avios after the first $2,000 in purchases within...
Free eBooks, Music, and Movie Rentals from Amazon
 

Free eBooks, Music, and Movie Rentals from Amazon

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon, Raise, and TopCashback. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, there’s a trick to getting lots of free credits towards eBooks, digital music, and movie rentals. If you are planning to order multiple items, what you do is check...
A Tale of 6 iPads
 

A Tale of 6 iPads

Over the past month, I’ve sold four iPads (all iPad Air 2) and the funny thing is, I wasn’t even trying to sell them! It all started when Staples had an incredible deal on iPads. The iPad Air 2 64GB was $150 off at $449 plus tax! At the same...
MacBook Pro 13.3" (MD101LL/A) for only $610
 

MacBook Pro 13.3" (MD101LL/A) for only $610

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon.com, Raise.com, and TopCashback. I’ve posted a few times about how you can get some serious discounts on eBay by stacking Daily Deals, discount eBay gift cards, shopping portals, targeted eBay Bucks offer, and other promotions. It’s how I got...
AMEX Offer: $10 off $200 American Express Gift Cards (Part 1)
 

AMEX Offer: $10 off $200 American Express Gift Cards (Part 1)

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon.com, Raise.com, and TopCashback. American Express has an AMEX offer for their prepaid gift cards – spend $200 or more and get $10 back. The deal isn’t great (actually, it’s awful) considering you have to pay $3.95 card activation fee...
LEGO Sydney Opera House Set for Only $195
 

LEGO Sydney Opera House Set for Only $195

Disclaimer: FPT Gift Box uses affiliate and referral links from Amazon.com, Raise.com, and TopCashback. My hubby is an AFOL. He has quite a collection of LEGO sets from the 70s to the present. I’ve helped him acquire many LEGO sets at a nice discount. Most recently, I was able to...
$20k Challenge for 100k British Avios Points (Part 1)
 

$20k Challenge for 100k British Avios Points (Part 1)

Recently, I signed up for the Chase British Airways special card offer of 100k British Avios points after spending $20k in one year. I saw the 100k and went for it, but realized in hindsight that was pretty stupid. That’s because the regular card offer gives you 50k British Avios points...
September 2015 Report
 

September 2015 Report

Wanted to share some data for the month of September. Credit Card Applications There were a number of credit cards (I manage 4 people’s accounts) acquired in August that I needed to meet the minimum spending requirements: Credit Card Spending Requirement Sign Up Bonus / Credit Annual Fee American Express...
[EXPIRED] $168 for a 2-Day 1-Park Disneyland Ticket
 

[EXPIRED] $168 for a 2-Day 1-Park Disneyland Ticket

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland soon, then you’ve come to the right place for discount Disneyland tickets! I’m confident that I offer one of the BEST discounts on Disneyland tickets. Here’s how you can buy 2-Day 1-Park Disneyland ticket (adult) for only $168: Visit the 2-Day 1-Park Disneyland...
4x eBay Bucks Targeted Offer (10/12-13)
 

4x eBay Bucks Targeted Offer (10/12-13)

I posted two articles last night on getting 8% discount on eBay gift cards and opting-in on targeted eBay Bucks offer. Today, I received an email offer for 4x eBay Bucks which is equivalent to 8% rebate on most eBay purchases! What great timing to write about and demonstrate how...
8% discount on eBay Gift Cards
 

8% discount on eBay Gift Cards

FPT Gift Box – “The FPT (5+2) Model” is all about finding seriously discounted items and reselling them on the FPT Gift Box Store.  eBay is a huge part of that strategy because you can buy many items on eBay at a huge discount simply by: Enrolling in the eBay...
Opt-in to Receive Targeted eBay Bucks Offer
 

Opt-in to Receive Targeted eBay Bucks Offer

FPT Gift Box – “The FPT (5+2) Model” is all about finding seriously discounted items and reselling them on the FPT Gift Box Store.  eBay is a huge part of that strategy because you can buy many items on eBay at a huge discount simply by: Enrolling in the eBay...
Save 20% at Chevron Gas Station
 

Save 20% at Chevron Gas Station

eBay is selling $100 Chevron gas gift card for only $95. I’m not sure how long the offer will last but there’s a limited quantity available. If you pay for the gas card with eBay gift cards (which I sell on the FPT Gift Box Store) and use a shopping...
Save 20% at BP Gas Station
 

Save 20% at BP Gas Station

eBay is selling $100 BP gas gift card for only $95. I’m not sure how long the offer will last but there’s a limited quantity available. If you pay for the gas card with eBay gift cards (which I sell on the Store page) and use a shopping portal to link to...
20% Discount on Gap Gift Cards at Safeway
 

20% Discount on Gap Gift Cards at Safeway

Important update (10/7/2015): Reports have come in that the 20% discount doesn’t get automatically applied when checking out at Safeway, so don’t pay until you request a manager to override the total and apply the 20% discount manually! Safeway has the “Save 20% Instantly” offer on all Gap Inc gift cards again....
12 Cinemark Movie Tickets for $22
 

12 Cinemark Movie Tickets for $22

A few weeks ago, American Express had an AMEX Offer for $20 of $20 at samsclub.com. The deal is already over, but since I just launched the official FPT Gift Box website, I wanted to share some examples from the past of “The FPT (5+2) Model” and how I bought a dozen Cinemark movie tickets for only...
The FPT (5+2) Model
 

The FPT (5+2) Model

FPT Gift Box is a social enterprise project that’s all about “The FPT (5+2) Model.” What is “The FPT (5+2) Model”? The “FPT” which stands for “Five Plus Two” alludes to the story of how Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus also told a story about three...
Got $454 eBay Bucks last quarter
 

Got $454 eBay Bucks last quarter

I received an email today that I got $454.42 eBay Bucks Certificate for July 1-September 30! I wanted to maximize the amount of eBay Bucks I can earn per quarter ($500), but I had already hit my limit  of $5000 eBay gift cards over 180 days. Now I have $450 to...
Save over 40% at Michaels Arts & Crafts
 

Save over 40% at Michaels Arts & Crafts

Today, I took my 3 year old daughter on a date to Michaels to get some art supplies. Turned out there’s kids club on Saturday mornings at Michaels where you pay $2 for your child to make a themed art project (supplies included) while you shop! Wow, sure beats the...
iPad Air 2 64GB for $250!
 

iPad Air 2 64GB for $250!

I can’t remember the last time I bought a gadget. I think it might have been 2011 when I bought an iPad (2nd gen) because hubby’s boss said he could expense one if he wanted it. So of course I ordered one but afterwards, he felt guilty about expensing something he has...