debit cards

6 Reasons to Love Your Bank

Banks (especially big banks) tend to be vilified in the media. But there are some very good reasons to be thankful we have them.

Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun

Think that frugality means sacrifice? Not necessarily. These four suggestions help you cut costs, not enjoyment.

4 Ways to Beat Debit Card Fees

Big banks are beginning to institute monthly fees for using their debit cards. Thankfully, there are several ways to avoid paying out. Find out how.

New Tools for the Unbanked

Lack of access to the banking system has been an expensive burden on the poor. Just recently, a surge in new financial products make it a lot less expensive to be unbanked.

Paper Checks: Going, Going...Gone?

Are you ready to go totally electronic? Paper checks may be on their way out permanently. Learn what you need to know about making the switch.

Why I Still Write Paper Checks

I know people who never write checks, but I'm not one of them. Here's why.

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: A Comprehensive Comparison

“Credit cards and debit cards have the exact same benefits.” I’ve heard this statement for a long time, but I wanted to test it out to see if it is true.

Travel and Money: Using Your Debit Card on the Road

Using a debit card is a great way to access cash and pay for items while traveling. But it’s not infallible; let’s explore tips for using your debit card safely.

How to Use Up Remaining Balances on Prepaid Gift Cards

Looking in my wallet, there are no less than 5 prepaid debit or gift cards hiding at any one time.

Is a Prepaid Debit Card Really Cheaper and Better than a Bank Debit Card?

A few month ago, my husband received an unsolicited Visa Debit Card from NetSpend and I wrote about it here on Wise Bread. What I found interesting was that several commenters defe

netSpend: The Story of the Visa Debit Card We Did Not Apply For

This is my story of shock, anger, and finally disgust at the practices of netSpend.

Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards: Fees and Fraud Protection

Debit cards might be better than credit cards because in theory, you'll spend less if you are only paying with money you have. But how do debit cards stack up in terms of fees and

Carry some cash

I recommend carrying some actual cash money. When I do that, a lot of people say, "Why? Everyplace I go takes credit and debit cards." In fact, I know people who brag about spen

Everything you should know about getting a credit card but didn’t have a clue to ask

The fine print on credit card offers is not terribly easy to understand, especially if you have not encountered all of the possible scenarios that generate interest charges and fee