Turn on the news or read the financial websites and you will notice an alarming trend. There is an epidemic of bank failures that are hitting the world. We have lost confidence in our banks to the point where a can buried in our backyard or a mattress is looking just as attractive as the average bank.
Because of this, many are noticing the prepaid Visa card. No longer is this only for those with damaged or no credit. Those who have lost confidence in their bank have embraced these cards as a safe haven for their money.
Nearly all of the major issuers offer these. Once you are approved, and you will be regardless of your history, you will receive a Visa in the mail. This card looks exactly the same as any other and can be used anywhere you see the logo displayed.
In order to use it, you have to fund it. The best way to do this is by direct deposit. By depositing all or a portion of your paycheck, in most cases, you avoid the maintenance fees that come with other methods of funding. You can make ATM deposits, and even mail a check but that often requires you to pay a fee. Stick with direct deposit and it is most likely going to be free. You also get some added services. These may include free bill pay, free direct deposit, balance alerts sent to your e-mail box or cell phone, and if you have the misfortune of damaged credit, your positive payment activities will be reported to the credit agencies.
As you go to the web looking for the best on the market make sure to fully investigate. There is no absence of cards without an annual fee so in most cases, push aside those offers that have fees built in to them. If you find one that you like but it has an annual fee, call their customer service department as ask them to waive the fee for the first year. Often they will agree to this.
Are you a parent? It can also be used to teach your teenage child healthy spending habits or keep your college age son or daughter on a budget while away from home. Don't let your child be the next student who graduates from college with mounting credit card debt.
While your money is 100% safe if held at a bank, many have lost confidence in the banking system and as a result, the prepaid Visa card has become a more attractive option.