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User Questions & Answers about Prepaid Cards

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People often confuse prepaid cards with credit cards thinking the first will help them to build their credit. But they are wrong. Here you will find answers to questions about prepaid cards and will be able to ask your own to get a clear understanding about how prepaid cards work.

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I am thinking of getting a prepaid card for my son who is away to college, he has a job but every now and then I wanted to be able to give him some extra spending money. I am considering the Arvest gift card, any advice?

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Pre-paid card can be great for this sort of thing. Be aware of what fees are associated with the card. Some cards charge maintenance or other fees. Continue reading
My bank recently hiked all their fees and I’m very frustrated. I used to have a free checking account, and now it seems I pay extra for every little thing. What can I do?

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That is a frustrating situation. One thing you can consider is getting a prepaid card and using that as your bank account, instead of having a traditional account. Or you can look into a bank like First Merit, which offers convenient and customer friendly financial solutions like First Merit banking... Continue reading
How old do you need to be to get a credit card? My daughter is starting high school and I’d like for her to have her own card, in case of emergencies.

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It's smart to make sure your daughter is covered in case she gets into a tight financial spot, now that she's a teenager and likely to be away from you more often. Continue reading
How is a prepaid card different from a debit card or a regular credit card? I’m not sure which type of card I should encourage my teenager to get before she heads off to college. I’ve heard that a prepaid card is best, but I’m not convinced that’s true.

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A prepaid card is indeed a good choice for a child headed off to college. However, it's important to understand exactly what a prepaid card is, and isn't. A prepaid card is a payment card that is used in a similar way to a credit card, but is entirely different than a credit card, as well. Continue reading
It seems like my bank charges high fees for everything these days. Are there any alternatives to having a traditional checking account with a bank?

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Yes. In fact, many people these days are looking for exactly that. A prepaid card is a good way to avoid bank fees and still enjoy the flexibility of a payment card. Continue reading
I keep hearing that the Bluebird by American Express card is a great, low-fee option for a prepaid card. But I don’t really know the difference between a prepaid card and a credit card. Can you explain?

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Of course. A prepaid card and a credit card may look the same, but they are very different. A prepaid card is closer to a debit card, because you are spending money you have already loaded onto the card. With a prepaid card, you will never go into debt the way you can with a credit card. Continue reading
I’m trying to improve my credit score and I have an Amex Bluebird card. Will this help me build credit?

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Unfortunately, the answer is no, a prepaid card like the Bluebird card will not help you improve your credit score. Because a prepaid card allows you to spend your own money, not access a line of credit, it is not actually showing your... Continue reading
I’m looking to apply for the Western Union credit card but don’t see interest rates, can you advise?

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The Western Union NetSpend card is not a credit card but a prepaid card. Therefore, you won’t find interest rates. Continue reading
If get a Western Union prepaid card will I be able to use it for bill pay?

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Yes. You will be able to use a Western Union Prepaid MasterCard to pay bills, just like a credit card or a debit card. Continue reading
How old do you need to be to get a credit card? My daughter is starting high school and I’d like for her to have her own card, in case of emergencies.

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It's smart to make sure your daughter is covered in case she gets into a tight financial spot, now that she's a teenager and likely to be away from you more often. However, don't be too eager to give her a credit card. Continue reading

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