Update on Walmart money orders

As it would turn out, I didn’t do a very good job the first time at turning my Giftcardmall gift cards into money orders from Walmart.

If you’re scratching your head right now, see my previous articles on churning and my first experience at trying out manufactured spending.

These days, I’ve gotten a little better at the game.

For starters, just walk up to the clerk at the customer service area and say “Hello, I would like to buy a money order.”  When they ask for how much, tell them how much.  Then, pay with your gift card.

Boom.  That simple.

An important note is that you have to have setup your PIN on the card prior to doing this.  Also, since you’re paying with the gift card, you’ll have to subtract the cost of the money order from the total amount that is on the gift card itself.  So, if you have $500 on a gift card, you’ll ask for a money order for $499.30, since it costs $0.70 for a money order.

I’m not sure how I made it so complicated last time.  I really dropped the ball on that one.  I was up there filling out forms for money transfers through Western Union, making a big scene trying to use multiple cards.  It was crazy!

So, keep cool.  Say, “Hello, I’d like to buy a money order.” and be on with your day.

Simple stuff, but apparently not for my brain.

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