Prepaid cards are becoming more and more popular, as everyone needs "plastic" these days, but not everyone can get one. Similar to a gift card, these cards are essentially just cards you load up with cash and use on the go, when a card is required. Prepaid cards can be a lifesaver for people who can't get a regular credit card, or people without checking account linked debit cards.
While these cards can be very useful, you should beware of built-in fees for everything from opening the account to loading money on the card, to making transactions. But at the same time these cards charge no interest. Also, they don't report to credit bureaus, and as such, they do not help you establish a credit history.
Prepaid cards require no credit checks, background checks or monthly payments. They are the easiest cards to manage - just load and use. These cards do not accrue interest like credit cards do, but they also will not help you build a credit history. These cards are re-loadable and available for use at any ATM.
A prepaid card can be a lifesaver for those susceptible to overspending and impulse buys. If you're working with a budget you can put the amount you want to spend on your card and be reassured that you won't go over budget.
A prepaid card is a good option for people who want to control payments on auto-renew. If you have automatic billing set up with a prepaid card, you will not have overdraft problems if the card runs out of money. The card will simply decline the automatic bill payment if it doesn't have any money left on it.
A prepaid card can be used as allowance: for children and young adults, this card is perfect for allowances and pocket money given by parents. Not only will your kids stop bugging you for cash, they will also learn independence, good money management skills, and discipline that will benefit them later in life, when they are full-fledged consumers.
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