Update: Due to comments saying that a $4.95/card fee would hit my cards shortly I registered the cards online and went out and bought a money order from a local store. I was able to split up the money order payment between all 4 cards with the same 58 cent money order fee!
Of course Amazon Payments and Bluebird loads at WalMart’s ATM should work as well.
Here in Cleveland we’re blessed with dozens of CVS stores and lots of Vanilla Reload cards. Those Reload cards are the easiest way to get miles for really cheap and they’re awesome for meeting spend thresholds on your credit card to get the signup bonus. The reload cards can fund your Bluebird card online in seconds and in there it’s as good as cash in your checking account (they’ll even give you a free checkbook!)
In this post I wrote more about them and how they mean you can get tickets to Israel for under $400 on an existing card or a small fraction of that with a signup bonus on a new card.
At any rate I saw a deal today going around the web that if you buy a Paypal debit Mastercards with a $4.95 fee and load it with $150 that you’ll get $50 in CVS ExtraBucks good for most things sold in CVS besides gift cards.
I didn’t see it in my local ad so I figured it wasn’t applicable. Then a buddy of mine called me from CVS to say that it was working even though there was no signage or ad for it at all. But it still worked just fine. Whether this is true in every other location, I have no idea.
I generally shy away from anything that says PayPal on it as they’re notorious for shutting people down at their whim, but this seemed too good to pass up.
There is a limit of 2 rewards per CVS ExtraCare account. I went to one store and bought 2 cards in one transaction but only 1 $50 reward printed out. The cashier apologized and manually printed out 2 more $25 ExtraBucks rewards. They I tried to buy another card with my wife’s CVS Extracare card but the system didn’t allow the transaction to go through. I tried again but the same thing happened. It actually printed up the $50 reward each time but of course they didn’t give those to me. However that also meant her account was now maxed out and wouldn’t get more rewards.
I went to another store just down the block which had tons of cards and bought 2 more on another CVS account in 2 transactions and got the $100 in ExtraBucks without issue.
So in total I have $600 in Paypal debit Mastercards and paid $19.80 in fees and have $200 in CVS ExtraBucks. And the miles of course 🙂 Officially the ExtraBucks expire in one month but from past experience most CVS stores will actually extend them if they expire, as long as they haven’t been expired for more than a year.
CVS even allows you to buy items that are free after ExtraBucks with your ExtraBucks! There were lots of items available that were free after ExtraBucks so you can keep cycling through them to get more free stuff up to the limit per ExtraBucks card.
Now onto figuring out the best way to cash these cards and ExtraBucks out! Stay tuned 😀
Want to make another $5 on this deal? Use the following code when you activate your card online and we’ll both get $5 added to our card balance within 2 business days: 8485562691