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Looking for Ways to Charge Up the Chase Sapphire Preferred

May 31st, 2013 at 05:20 pm

This morning I returned just one of the summer tops I bought at Macyís and since I was there, I purchased another $100 worth of capris and summer tops at Macyís and Coldwater Creek. Not my usual modus operandi, but I havenít clothes shopped in 3 years, and Iím determined not to look like a middle-aged woman with no fashion sense with all these 20-somethings Iíll be working with. I put it all on my new Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card. I need to charge $3,000 by end of August to earn back $400 in gift cards.

After the mall, I hit Trader Joeís. It was super hot today, up to 91 degrees, so I brought a small cooler with ice paks to keep the food cold. Also put it on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Later in the day I went to pick up my new Honda Civic. Was able to pay $1,000 of it with the Chase card. (Thatís the most theyíd let me charge, in addition to the $1,000 deposit.) Iíll post a photo of her tomorrow! The salesman ran through all the controls in the car, but of course I quickly forgot most everything. I will be carefully reading the manual, to be sure. The car even has a camera mounted in the back bumper so when you put the car in reverse, you see an image of the ground behind you. I think itís meant to make sure you donít run over anyone; it will likely be a standard feature in all cars one day, I think.

I donít think my old kayak rack will work with the new car, especially since I got it with window visors to keep out the glare and rain. They disassembled it for me and I have it, but I guess I wonít be kayaking on my own anytime soon since Iíll have no way to transport the kayak unless I meet another kayaker. This kind of bums me out, becus I got so much enjoyment out of kayaking, but truth be told, Iíve been going less and less since I bought my kayak in 2007.

After picking up the car I headed to A.ís to show it off to her, and we had already planned to go out to dinner. We went to an old favorite of mine, an Italian place I havenít been to in years due to my frugalness by necessity. She wound up treating me to the dinner to celebrate the new car and the new job. I paid the tip. But I was able to charge the whole dinner on the Chase card as well.

Also tonight I charged my water bill on the Chase card. So Iíve had the card less than a week and have already managed to charge $1,260 on it. I had hoped to also charge my new car insurance, which would help hugely in reaching the target spend, but my agent told me it would be significantly more expensive if I treated it as a new policy, since I wanted to charge the full $770. Instead, itís just being treated as a modification of the existing policy, so Iíll get a bill for just $93 to pay. So anyway, I still need to charge $580 for each of the next 3 months. That seems doable when you consider groceries and gas and maybe some more clothes shopping for the job. The only other non-recurring charge I can think of is my $80 dump sticker, which comes up for renewal in June. I can also charge the phone/Internet on it too, each month, although at least one of those phone/Internet bills I want to charge on my Americard, since they have a deal, good thru June 30, where you get a $15 gift card if you charge just one phone/Internet/cable bill on it. Seems too easy to pass up.

I might consider getting two new faucets for the upstairs bathroom. The hot water handle on the one faucet locked up ages ago and canít be used, while the plug thingy in the sink on the other faucet is beginning to rust becus I made the mistake of leaving that sink filled with water for my old cat to drink from. If I ever sell the place, those things will need to be fixed, so why not pick out some faucets now at Home Depot and then have a plumber do. I could charge it. There are probably other small home improvements or items I could buy for the house if needed. Now that Iím making better money, I will allow myself to consider that.

Nothing much planned for the weekend, besides mowing. Itís very, very hot here but I have NOT opened any windows yet this year at all (!) because Waldo has had such terrible allergies each summer. He had a lot of trouble breathing and I disliked traumatizing him by taking him to the vet for a shot. His breathing is fairly good now. Iíve been checking the pollen count daily, waiting for a day I can open the windows, but the pollen count has largely been ďHighĒ or ďModerate.Ē When it becomes ďLow,Ē Iíll open the windows. I need to get through one more warm day tomorrow, up to 86 I think. Starting on Monday, temps will moderate to the 70s.

4 Responses to “Looking for Ways to Charge Up the Chase Sapphire Preferred”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sure you will have no problem charging just basic expenses and getting very close to the needed $3K. I would focus on basics, until you get to mid August. If you see at that point you will be short, I would consider extras like the faucets and so forth. That's how I do it, but we always seem to meet the minimum amount with just basics! I will meet the $500 minimum on one card I just applied for with a cell phone bill, electric, phone, netflix, internet and two tanks of gas! Easy.

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    I'm in the same boat as you are with trying to charge "needs" to my newly acquired Chase Sapphire cc. I got it because it doesn't charge for exchange rates in Europe. I'm headed there in 21 days. I cannot wait to see you new car and good luck with your new job!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Have you used the backup camera much on your new car? My dad's Rogue had that, and for me it was scarier using that than to just look back like normal. But maybe it's just a matter of getting used to it - he LOVED that feature.

  4. Joe Says:

    I paid my property taxes last year with a credit card. I had to pay a fee, but it was worth it to meet the spending requirement for a $400 bonus. You could also buy gift cards for gasoline or the grocery store.

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