Reloadable Debit Cards for Kids

AptParenting Staff Sep 26, 2018
Planning to get a reloadable debit card for your child? This write-up will tell you more about these cards, along with their advantages.
Kids these days, are much more individualistic and independent than what we were at their age. After reaching a certain age, they do not like any kind of interference from their parents in their lives.
Even when it comes to spending money, they would like to spend on things that they want to, without asking their parents for money every time they set out to shop. But seriously, can a teen be trusted when managing money especially cash? This is where reloadable debit cards that are meant for kids come handy.

Reloadable Debit Card

A reloadable debit card has the plus points of both, a credit card as well as a debit card.
It is like a credit card with no credit line, and a debit card with no bank account. To operate this card, one has to update it with cash, and use it wherever and whenever they want, up to the limit of the updated money. Once the limit of the money is used up, one has to reload it again with cash. Transaction fee is charged every time the card gets reloaded.

Advantages

► The main advantage is that they are accepted everywhere, just like normal credit and debit cards, hence, using them becomes easy.
► To obtain these, no credit checks are required.
► If the funds in the debit card are insufficient, all further transactions through it will be declined. So, there can never be any bank overdraft fees on them. Also, parents can set a limit as to how much money their kids can spend.
► All the transactions that are done by the kids through these cards can be tracked on line by the parents. So, parents can keep a check on their children's spending, and even guide them if they are going overboard on their spending.
► Another advantage is that they are much more safe to carry than cash.
► These cards also regulate the amount of money that a child spends per month, thus helping in controlling the costs.
► The card can be reloaded easily, as there are thousands of locations where it can be done. Similarly, money can be withdrawn through them at equal number of ATMs.
► If the kid ever loses his card, all he has to do is to report that it is stolen, and a new card will be issued in its place.
Looking at its advantages, one can easily conclude that it is certainly a good idea for parents to get reloadable debit cards for their kids. Here are some tips on choosing the same. Firstly, some cards come with a transaction fee, while there are others which charge a particular monthly fee. Choose the one that suits your purchasing habits the best.
Another thing that you should keep in mind is the convenience to reload the card. Go in for a card whose reload packs are available everywhere, in convenient stores, malls, etc. Lastly, some cards offer certain points, bonuses, and rewards. Choose the ones which offer such extra benefits.