The best-prepaid debit card with no fees. Hey, guys. I literally spent two hours of my life researching every single card in the first two pages of Google search results. I have to say, when you're doing your research and looking at websites like these, you shouldn't just blindly trust what they are saying because they do earn a commission from promoting these products. I have nothing against affiliate links, but you have to understand that sometimes they might not be promoting a product that's in your best interest, which is why it's very important for you to be skeptical. But after doing all my research, I've come to the conclusion and I do agree with the two commenters on my previous videos, that the two best-prepaid debit cards are the American Express Bluebird card and the American Express Serve card.
So there's your answer, but I hate to spoon feed you products. The goal here with my channel is to teach you one, how to critically think for yourself and two, how to approach decision-making when it comes to your money. So I want to walk through with you guys in this video, how I came to my conclusion and what my thought process was. But before I start, please hit the subscribe button and hit the bell icon for notifications for my future videos. This is part three in a four-part series about pre-paid debit cards. The next video is about how to budget with pre-paid debit cards so please be sure to subscribe and get notified when that video comes out. Okay, guys. So here I am on the official website for Green Dot, which is a very large player in the pre-paid debit card industry and they have several pre-paid debit cards for you to choose from. They've been around for 20 years and they've served 33 million, not customers, but suckers because I actually think that their fees are pretty outrageous and this is not a card I would recommend.
They're the number one debit card in retail, yada, yada. If you search through their site, they have a lot of positive testimonials along with, look, you go here and I've clicked through all of these. It's not really easy to find their fees. They talk about what's great about their company and their cards, but you won't find much, okay? So how do you really find their fee schedule and compare different cards? The only way is if you go down to the bottom of the website and you go to legal disclosures. For some companies it's not called legal disclosures. You might find it under terms or terms and conditions or maybe just the fees. A lot of websites are just like Green Dot where it's very hard to find what their fees really are, but they will tell you all of the perks that their card comes with. So one of the worst ones I've found was their Cash Back card and then it's not even on their website. You have to go download the PDF, open it up, scroll down their fine print and stuff and here's their fee schedule.
So their monthly fee is $9.95, out of network ATM $3, cash withdrawal $3, just to check your balance on an ATM $0.50 and then another one that I wouldn't recommend was the Green Dot Pay As You Go Visa Debit Card. So let's take a look at this one. Also got to scroll down. Here is their fee schedule. It's a $1.50 per transaction so it's not a monthly thing. It's every time you use your card, whether it's a deposit or you spend some money at a store, each and every transaction is a $1.50 on top. I can imagine.
It's going to get real expensive for you and an inactivity fee. Just because you don't use the card, so you don't incur this $1.50 transaction fee, you actually incur fees after 90 days if you don't use the card and that's $9.95 per month. Again, with a $3 withdrawal fee, $0.50 to just to check your balance at the ATM, oh my gosh! A lot of the cards are actually like this. They charge per transaction or they charge a monthly fee, but they hide the fee so you have to look here in their legal disclosure. Back to the homepage where they say that they've served 33 million customers. Just to have a little fun with this, I'm not really sure if they've had 33 million customers over the course of 20 years or if that's how many customers they have today, but let's just say it's over the course of 20 years. So 33 million customers and let's say they just charged all of them a monthly fee of $7.95, even just one time, they've made $262 million. So I assume they have a huge marketing and advertising budget to market to poor suckers who fall for buying their card.
I'm actually really curious to know if any of you watching this video, have you ever had a Green Dot prepaid debit card? Please let me know in the comments below and what's your opinion of the Green Dot prepaid debit card? Because I certainly do not like what I see just from seeing what's on their website. Now, the reason I believe the American Express Bluebird card truly is an outstanding pre-paid debit card with no fees is because there really just is no catch. They're not trying to prey on unsuspecting customers with hidden fees here and there.
There really aren't any fees for most transactions that you're trying to do and if there are fees, they're very low and they're not for like the kind of routine transactions you would do on a pre-paid debit card anyway. If you sign up online, it is free to get. So don't buy it in the store, sign up online. There's just no monthly maintenance fees with this card so you don't have to worry about it. If you need to reload cash onto the card, you can do it at many participating stores, but they do charge a fee.
But if you do it at Walmart, which is pretty much all over the United States, you can reload for free there and if you ever need to withdraw cash from an ATM, you can do that for free so long as the ATM is within their network. The second card that I'm recommending is the American Express Serve Card. This card isn't for everyone, but if you happen to be someone living in the state of New York, Texas, or Vermont, then this is an option for you. In fact, I actually prefer the American Express Serve card over the Bluebird card if you happen to live in one of those three States.
The reason why is because if you live in those three States, there are no monthly maintenance fees at all. There's just no catch. So this card has three versions actually. There's the blue card, the green card and the gray card. I recommend you get the green card, which has free cash reload so you can reload at any of their participating stores for free. Basically, the green version is pretty much free all around if you happen to live in those three States because there's also no monthly maintenance fee to go with it. In fact, I had this card five years ago when I was still living in New York City and I actually didn't know that I didn't get charged a monthly fee just because I lived in New York City.
I thought it was the card in general, but I just learned this year that it's because I lived in New York City, but it was a great card because if you happen to live in New York City, Walmart is not allowed there. If Walmart was in New York City, they would just make all the small mom and pop retail businesses go out of business. The Bluebird card wouldn't actually be an option or at least it wouldn't be a free reload option for people living in New York City because there's just no Walmart to reload at. So if you live in New York City, then hey! The Serve card is actually a better option for you and perhaps in Texas and Vermont too and that's just my thought process. Like that is how I think about how to approach and choose a pre-paid debit card and basically you want to apply this philosophy to any financial product you're looking at, not just debit cards but credit cards, banks, et cetera. Okay. That's it for you guys today. Please subscribe and hit the bell icon for the notification when part four of this series on pre-paid debit cards comes out.
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