Have you ever used one of those prepaid cards before? I have gotten them before as like a gift when I purchased a product or as part of a mail in rebate but I’ve never actually ordered one before. That’s what I got to do when I got a card from Card.com. I picked out this cute little card which I used today at CVS to get some awesome deals. My 3.5 year old was able to tell me this was a clown fish. Thanks Nemo!
If you have never tried a prepaid card before, it is a great way to keep yourself on budget. How? Well, you can only spend what you have on the card so you don’t have to worry about overspending. It’s basically the new way to carry cash. Do you remember how in the olden days you had cash everywhere you went or you had to write out a check? Well if you didn’t want to get out that checkbook you only spent as much as the money you had in your wallet. It’s the same way with a prepaid card. You put the amount of money you want on it and when that money is gone, it’s gone. This might make it a little easier to stick to your budget!
The nice folks from Card.com gave me a card to try out loaded with some cash so I took it to CVS to see how far I could stretch it. We made out like bandits! The friendly red machine had given us a ton of coupons so we were able to get some great stuff. I started out with $5 CVS bucks and I used that to buy all of this:
2 bottles of Listerine mouthwash (I had 2 $1 off coupons and got $5 back in ECB)
2 bottles of CVS hand soap (they were free after a $3 off of 2 coupon from the big red machine)
2 packs of Quilted Northern toilet paper
1 bottle of nail polish (cost $4.99 but I had a coupon for $3 off a Revlon product and this gave me $3 ECB back)
2 containers of Edy’s ice cream (they were bogo)
1 can of Pringles (not pictured)
2 bottles of Dial bodywash (I had a coupon for a free bottle and I think these also had $2 ECB back)
All in all, it was an awesome shopping trip and I really liked the Card.com card that I used. I called the number on the card and found that it is possible to get a pin number for the card if you want so you can use it as debit or credit.
If you want to try it out for yourself, head on over to Card.com. You can order a card securely, fill it up with cash, and have it mailed out to you. It’s a great way to budget so if all else fails, you might consider giving this a try.
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