7. Keep an eye on your (e)mail
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When it comes to credit card rewards, it can pay to look through the solicitations your issuer sends you in the mail. Bilker, for instance, was able to score $1,000 back on a home improvement project after taking advantage of a special promotion Citi advertised via snail mail. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your inbox since some issuers will email cardholders about limited time bonus offers.
“You’ve got to keep your eye on everything to know what’s going on,” Bilker says, adding you can always “call your issuer to see if any specials are coming up.”