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What are prepaid cards?
Prepaid debit cards offer a way to purchase goods without a line of credit or a credit check. Once you make a deposit into an account, you can use the card to shop in the same places credit cards are accepted. There’s no need to worry about debt — spending is limited to the amount of money deposited on the card.
Who should get a prepaid card?
Do you have limited credit and want a viable alternative to credit cards? Prepaid cards and debit cards from our partners allow cashless shopping without a credit check. With these cards, you only spend the money that you deposit, giving you the ability to track your expenses and to easily limit your spending.
Prepaid debit cards are ideal for individuals with little to no credit history who would like an alternative to cash, checks and credit cards. They are also beneficial to individuals who would like to easily track their spending or avoid going into credit card debt.
What are some pros and cons of prepaid cards?
Don’t fret about your credit score. There’s no credit check necessary in order to apply for one of these cards. And because you’re limited to spending your deposit amount, it’s easy to stay on budget, making these cards advantageous for individuals who would like to cut back on expenditures. However, many cards have fees attached to them and limitations on transactions. And prepaid cards won’t help build your credit as they do not report to the credit agencies.
Final tips on prepaid and debit cards
Make sure to read the fine print before you apply for a prepaid debit card. Some of these cards have activation fees and monthly maintenance charges, which can eat into your spending cash. It’s important to keep fees as low as possible. Compare cards thoroughly and shop for a card with no costs.
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