The good deals in life
When I asked about them, he said he didn't just buy them -- he got good deals for them. He bought a bunch of the sculptures all at once; the cars come from a yearly auction in Auburn, Ind.
More and more, as I work my way through the online poker/casino 'verse, I also find myself looking for other things that may be beneficial to me in regular life. For one, I feel you're crazy if you enjoy poker at a brick-and-mortar casino, exposing yourself to a poker room's hefty rake, without building a bankroll through the bonuses available online.
I frequently check the 2+2 Forums' Internet Bonuses section, the Bonus Whores news section and of course, Scurvy's site for the latest in bonus offers.
"It's so hard to hold on to money," my financial advisor once told me, clutching her arms to her chest.
In addition to the 2+2 forums, I often see what people in the frequent-flier world are up to in the Flyer Talk forums. It's really similar to bonus whoring in a way, since there are people there who are experts at finding countless ways to accrue frequent flier miles.
Of them, the Rewards Network has a promotion right now with most major airlines in which you can get 25,000 frequent flier miles if you dine at 25 restaurants listed with them and spend $25 by the end of the year. You have to register for the promotion by July 31.
For a metropolis like Atlanta, it's no problem, as I often dine out with friends and I quickly listed at least 20 restaurants in a very close proximity to where I live. Twenty-five thousand miles is a trip to Vegas for all I care, for something I do anyway.
I just cashed out points in the my Coke rewards program for 1,500 Skymiles today. You just type in codes found on top of 2-Liter bottles or 12-packs. (If they had something similar for rocket fuel, no telling what I could get).
And similarly, I also cashed e-Rewards money for 1,000 Skymiles today. By signing up there, you are sent a multitude of consumer surveys that credit your e-Rewards account just for giving your opinions.
Maybe it's not that much return for the effort, but doing extra things to keep my frequent flier bankroll up allows me to get in extra trips -- I've used miles this year to Atlantic City, San Jose and Las Vegas in the past -- to meet the toasters on their home ground, which is very +EV.