Advice for Buying a Prepaid Debit Card

I'm wanting to find out where to buy a prepaid charge card and how it works?

By Jill from Steedman, MO

March 13, 20110 found this helpful

You can get prepaid cards in many places: Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, etc. You can even get one on-line. A popular one on-line is Green Dot. The only thing I would warn you about is how much money is removed from your card every 30 days after purchase. I used to think it would be nice to buy a card and stash it in my car for emergencies. At least until I heard that with the card I was going to buy they removed $6 every 30 days.

I don't think they do that with gift cards though. It would be something to check out if that would be an option.

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

I've heard that some of the credit cards will charge you every time you go on line to check the balance.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

Try applying for a PayPal business debit card (not a line of credit card but a debit card like the one a bank gives you for your checking account). You can transfer as much or as little of an amount as you want to for a small one time fee. Also, people can pay you via PayPal for a small fee (that's how ThriftyFun pays me when I win a contest). I love my PayPal debit card because there are no hidden fees and every now and then they even give a small bonus amount for spending a certain amount of money on it.

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