In Real Life: Credit Cards

When I was given my first credit card, I could tell that my expression was making my parents a little nervous. I could finally buy everything I wanted (or so I thought). Much to my dismay, there was a laughable maximum as the main point of my having it was to build my credit. This was way too responsible for my liking. Years have passed since my credit card debt was actually my parent’s debt and I am now the proud holder of my very own credit card. And I spend, spend, spend- all in the name of points and rewards, of course.

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In Real Life: Pizza Points

When I first moved to New York City, I was a bit fanatical about eating New York-style pizza: the crust is just the right thickness, a slice is as big as my arm, and it’s greasy and extra cheesy. Really, what else could you ask for in a slice? There are at least seven local pizzerias within walking distance form my apartment and I have frequented them all. Then my obsession wore thin as my first NYC winter arrived, making the trek to said pizzerias or ordering enough to meet the delivery minimum just daunting enough to revert back to old habits.

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In Real Life: Frequent Flyer Miles

From working out, to going to the grocery store, to flying, gamification seems to be working its way into my daily tasks more and more. My “In Real Life” posts look at just how big of an impact these game mechanics in a non-game setting are having on me.

A few years ago, I arbitrarily choose my preferred airline and have been a loyal passenger ever since. I wasn’t privy to just how far this loyalty went until I made some recent travel plans. I spent days searching travel sites for the best deals with only one criteria in mind, that I rack up more of those precious frequent flyer miles. In the end, I paid more than other airlines were offering and yet I was pleased at the notion of increasing my accumulated miles. Two thoughts arose as my travel plans were finalized: more miles and this is gamification at its best.

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