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NexBank Review: Checking, Savings, CD and Money Market Accounts

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NexBank Checking account options

Platinum One Checking

This interest-bearing checking account has a monthly fee and high minimum balance requirement.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount to Earn APY

1.25%

$2,000

  • Minimum opening deposit: $2,000
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $25
  • ATM fee: None
  • ATM fee refund: Up to $20 per statement cycle
  • Overdraft fee: $25

NexBank’s Platinum One checking account has a high minimum balance requirement compared to many checking accounts out there, so it would likely only appeal to people who want to earn more interest on those funds than they might with a basic checking account, and are able to deposit and maintain the $2,000 daily minimum. For these customers, the $25 monthly fee may be negligible. This account also offers customers online banking and bill pay capabilities, as well as custom checks and traveler and cashier’s checks. Its generous ATM refund policy is also a definite plus, as the bank only has two ATMs at its two Dallas locations.

How to get NexBank’s Platinum One Checking account

If you’re based in Texas and interested in opening this checking account, you’ll have to visit one of its two locations in person, which may not be worth the effort if you don’t live near Dallas. Its headquarters are located at 2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201, and its lone branch location, Preston Center, is at 6121 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. You’ll need to bring a valid Texas driver’s license or ID card to be able to open the account.

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E-Free Checking

A non-interest-bearing checking account with no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None
  • ATM fee refund: Up to $10 per statement cycle
  • Overdraft fee: $25

If you’re a Texas resident looking for a simple checking account to manage your funds without having to worry about any fees or balance requirements, this account could be a good option for you. This account doesn’t earn interest, however. While the lack of fees is definitely a plus, this no-frills account doesn’t really offer any perks outside of basic services like online banking and bill pay.

How to get NexBank’s E-Free Checking account

If you’re based in Texas and interested in opening a NexBank checking account, you’ll have to visit one of its two Dallas locations in person. Its headquarters are located at 2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201, and its lone branch location, Preston Center, is at 6121 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. You’ll need to bring a valid Texas driver’s license or ID card to be able to open the account.

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How NexBank’s checking accounts compare

NexBank’s checking accounts don’t really offer customers anything when it comes to perks, outside of basic services. The absence of fees on its basic checking account is a plus, but the fact that you have to open the account in person (as with most of NexBank’s other products) is likely to be a huge drawback for any customers living outside of the Dallas area — especially considering that there are so many convenient online checking account options out there. The APY on its Platinum One Checking account, however, is higher than the national average, so that one is likely to appeal to Dallas-area residents who are able to maintain its $2,000 minimum balance requirement, which is higher than most offerings out there.

NexBank savings account

A traditional interest-bearing savings account with minimal restrictions.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount to Earn APY

0.15%

$200

  • Minimum opening deposit: $200
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $200
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3 if balance falls below $200
  • ATM fee: None
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $25

NexBank’s savings account is suitable for Texas residents looking for an interest-bearing savings account with minimal fees and requirements. You can avoid its $3 monthly fee by maintaining a balance of at least $200, which isn’t hard to do if you’re putting money away with the intention of not touching it.

As with the bank’s checking accounts, you have to open this account in person. Since it does not offer any ATM fee refunds, this savings account likely won’t appeal to people who live outside of the Dallas area and aren’t able to regularly visit one of the bank’s two locations to make a withdrawal.

Once you open the account, however, you will have online banking capabilities and the ability to transfer funds with ease. While account holders get unlimited in-person and ATM transactions, this account is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits account holders up to six certain types of fund transfers per month.

How to get NexBank’s savings account

As with NexBank’s other account options, you have to be a Texas resident and be able to visit the bank’s Dallas headquarters or branch location to open a savings account in person. Its headquarters are located at 2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201, and its lone branch location, Preston Center, is at 6121 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. You’ll need to bring a valid Texas driver’s license or ID card to be able to open the account.

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How Nexbank’s savings account compares

While this savings account has a low minimum balance requirement and easily waivable monthly fee going for it, it doesn’t offer much else. It’s only available to Texas residents, and the fact that you have to open it in person at one of NexBank’s two locations lessens its appeal even more.

It also doesn’t offer ATM refunds; if its two ATM locations aren’t convenient, this account has even less going for it. Lastly, with an APY below the national average, it’s significantly lower than some of the best online savings account options out there, many of which don’t even have a minimum balance requirement.

NexBank CD rates

NexBank CDs

Various term lengths to choose from, with many offering competitive and higher-than-average rates.

Term

APY

1 month

0.10%

2 months

0.10%

3 months

1.85%

6 months

1.90%

12 months

2.10%

18 months

2.10%

24 months

2.10%

36 months

2.10%

48 months

2.10%

60 months

2.10%

  • Minimum opening deposit: $10,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $10,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: 6 months’ worth of interest if the CD hasn’t reached maturity.

NexBank offers a wide range of CD term lengths for customers looking for an efficient way to put away funds for an extended period of time while earning interest. However, its shorter term offerings have rates below the national average. If you go for one at least 12 months in length, though, rates are more competitive, going up to twice as high as the national average. While you can deposit as much as $240,000 into NexBank’s CDs, its $10,000 minimum opening deposit is higher than some of the other top CD options out there, many of which also offer much higher rates.

How to get NexBank’s CDs

Unlike with NexBank’s checking and savings account options, its CDs are available to out-of-state customers and you are able to open them online, as well as in person at one of its two Dallas locations. To do so, you will need several pieces of information, including your Social Security number, driver’s license or government-issued ID, checking or savings routing and account number (if linking a non-NexBank account to your application), your employment status, an address and a phone number. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident to apply for a NexBank CD.

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How NexBank’s CD rates compare

While many of NexBank’s CD rates are competitive and higher than the national average, there are still better CD options out there, with both higher rates and lower minimum balance requirements. If you’re not based in Texas, you can’t even apply for any of NexBank’s other products anyway, so there’s really no reason to seek these CDs out over a bank that offers all of its services online.

NexBank Money Market account

High-Yield Money Market account

A high-yield account with higher-than-average rates.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount to Earn APY

1.40%

$0-$99,999

2.05%

$100,000

  • Minimum opening deposit: $10,000
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $25 if balance falls below $10,000
  • ATM fee: None
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $25

Just like its checking and traditional savings accounts, NexBank’s High-Yield Money Market account is only available to Texas-based customers who are able to open it in person. It does, however, offer high interest rates and the ability to waive the monthly fee if the account balance stays above the $10,000 minimum deposit required to open it. While account holders get unlimited in-person and ATM transactions, this account is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits account holders up to six certain types of fund transfers per month.

How to get NexBank’s money market account

If you want to open NexBank’s money market account, you are required to be a Texas resident and be able to visit one of the bank’s two Dallas locations to open it in person. Its headquarters are located at 2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201, and its sole branch location, Preston Center, is at 6121 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. You’ll need to bring a valid Texas driver’s license or ID card to be able to open the account.

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How NexBank’s money market account compares

While NexBank’s money market account offers competitive rates, they’re simply not the best out there. With other banks offering both higher rates on money market accounts and the ability to open an account online, there’s really no reason to choose this one over something more convenient, even if you do live near Dallas.

Overall review of NexBank’s banking products

While NexBank’s accounts are available to customers across the state of Texas, they really aren’t the most worthwhile or convenient option for people that don’t live close to Dallas. The fact that you have to visit a branch in person to open an account (with the exception of its CDs) or use a fee-free ATM is a huge disadvantage, so we don’t know why you wouldn’t choose a more convenient option like an online bank.

Additionally, none of its products offer customers any real rewards or benefits outside of basic services you would expect to get with virtually any bank, such as mobile and online banking. Lastly, while its CD rates are competitive and available to out-of-state customers, there are still better options out there, so we say look elsewhere, especially since you can’t take advantage of any of NexBank’s other offerings and services.

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Apple Card Review

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The information related to Apple Card and Uber Visa Card has been collected by MagnifyMoney and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.

Apple aims to redefine credit card usage with the launch of the Apple Card, which debuted in March 2019. In addition to providing a simplified application process and not charging any fees, the Apple Card encourages members to pay less interest and provides special privacy and security features. Customers also receive a percentage of every Apple Card purchase amount in the form of Daily Cash.

Cardholders earn 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

Daily Cash, which is automatically added to your Apple Cash card in the Wallet app on your iPhone, can be used like cash to make purchases, send money to your bank account, pay down your Apple Card balance and more.

If you have an iPhone 6 or later, you may be eligible for the Apple Card. To apply, simply update your iPhone to iOS 12.4, open the Wallet app and tap the plus (+) sign. Once approved, you can begin using your Apple Card instantly via Apple Pay.

You will also be issued a physical, titanium card to use at locations where Apple Pay is not yet accepted. Purchases made using the titanium Apple Card will earn 1% Daily Cash.

In this review, we’ll break down the pros and cons of the Apple Card as well as show how it compares to the Uber Visa Card.

Where the Apple Card stands out

Rewards rate. The Apple Card offers 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

No fees. You will not be charged additional fees to use the Apple Card. In addition to a $0 annual fee, the Apple Card comes with a $0 returned payment fee, a $0 late penalty fee (although you will incur interest charges) and no foreign transaction fees.

Smart payment suggestions. To help you make informed decisions when paying your card bill, the Apple Card will estimate the interest charges you will incur (in real time), based on the amount you decide to pay.

Also, the Apple Card offers smart payment suggestions to encourage you to pay down your balance more quickly.

Privacy and security. A unique card number is created on your iPhone for your Apple Card. This means that each purchase made using your iPhone is protected by Face ID or Touch ID authorization, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Additionally, the issuer of the Apple Card, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, does not share or sell your data to third parties for marketing and advertising purposes.

Additional Apple Card benefits

  • Titanium card for places that don’t accept Apple Pay
  • Ability to contact Apple Card support 24/7 by sending a text from Messages
  • Real-time views of your latest transactions and balance via the Wallet app
  • Weekly and monthly spending summaries

Where the Apple Card falls short

No sign-up bonus. The Apple Card does not come with a sign-up bonus.

Application restrictions. If you’re an Android cellphone user, you’re out of luck. The Apple Card is only available if you have an iPhone 6 or later that runs the latest version of iOS.

How it compares with the Uber Visa Card

If you want to earn bonus cash back in popular spend categories without paying an annual fee, there are other credit cards to consider. The Uber Visa Card, for example, offers 4% back on dining, including UberEats, 3% back on hotel and airfare, 2% back for online purchases, Uber and music streaming services, and 1% on everything else.
Additionally, the card also comes with a $0 annual fee and doesn’t require an iPhone to apply.

See how the Uber Visa Card compares to the Apple Card in the table below.

 Apple CardUber Visa Card
Annual fee$0$0
Sign-up bonusN/AEarn $100 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days.
Rewards
  • 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

  • 4% back on dining, including UberEats, 3% back on hotel and airfare, 2% back for online purchases, Uber and music streaming services, and 1% on everything else.

Intro APR on purchasesN/AN/A
Regular purchase APR12.99%-23.99% Variable17.74% - 28.49% Variable
Foreign transaction feesNone0% of each transaction in U.S. dollars.

Unlike the Apple Card, the Uber Visa Card allows you to earn $100 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days. Additionally, the Uber Visa Card offers a higher cashback rate on dining, hotels and airfare.

That said, the Uber Visa Card offers a slightly lower cashback rate on Uber purchases than the Apple Card: The Uber Visa Card offers 2% back on Uber purchases, compared with 3% with the Apple Card. The caveat is you must pay for your Uber purchases via Apple Pay to earn the 3% rate with the Apple Card.

The bottom line

If you’re an iPhone user who wants to earn cash back on every purchase and take advantage of tools that encourage responsible card usage, the Apple Card is a solid option. However, if prefer a card that comes with a sign-up bonus and a higher rewards rate on dining and travel purchases, the Uber Visa Card is the better choice.

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The Top 7 Second Chance Bank Accounts

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Some banks don’t like giving second chances to customers who have less-than-stellar financial histories, especially since it could expose them to expensive risks. A record of bounced checks or debit card overdrafts could easily lock you out of the conveniences of modern banking.

Fortunately, banks also like making money, and some offer special “second chance” accounts that minimize their risk while allowing consumers to stay in the banking system. A second chance bank account gives customers with troubled records a fresh opportunity to demonstrate they can bank responsibly.

When it comes to a second chance account, fees are an unfortunate reality. But some accounts offer customers a better deal than others, and we’ve researched our database to find the second chance accounts with the most reasonable fee structures, while also factoring in whether they provide online and mobile banking, and how accessible accounts are throughout the country.

Account Name

Monthly Fee

Minimum to open

Availability

Chime$0$0Nationwide
Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking$4.95 $30Nationwide
Radius Essential Checking$0$10Nationwide
Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts$10, can be waived if you meet requirements$25All 39 states (plus Washington D.C.) that has a Wells Fargo location.
BBVA Easy Checking$13.95$25Nationwide, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii
Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking$9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit; $11.95 without a direct deposit$25Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia
First National Bank and Trust Company Renew Checking $9.95; $7.95 with direct deposit$25Select areas of Wisconsin and Illinois

Second chance account basics

With a second chance bank account, customers shut out of traditional bank accounts get the opportunity to win their way back into a bank’s good graces. Similar to credit bureaus, financial services company ChexSystems maintains records of consumers’ banking histories. Bounced checks, overdrawn accounts or instances of fraud can all end up on your ChexSystems record; if you accumulate enough black marks on ChexSystems, banks could deny your application to open a new account.

Because second chance accounts are meant for customers who have demonstrated bad banking behavior, some lack features of traditional accounts, such as overdraft protection. In the eyes of the bank, you represent too much of a risk for them to extend you such courtesies.

Nobody likes paying fees, and we generally advise consumers to avoid needless banking fees due to the many fee-free banking options available. But fees are the price you pay for access to banking when you have a poor record. Plus, the second chance accounts listed below give you access to online and mobile banking, which is always a plus.

The 7 best second chance bank accounts

1. Chime

Chime

Fintech app developer Chime is not a bank, however their online checking account product is open to everybody no matter how bad your record is with ChexSystems. Chime does not check on applicants with ChexSystems, plus they offer lots of non-traditional features to help you get your financial life back on track. Best of all is the fact that they charge no fees at all, and require neither a minimum opening deposit or a minimum balance.

Chime account features:

  • No opening balance or minimum balance requirements.
  • Set up direct deposit for your paycheck, and the funds from each pay period will be deposited as soon as the transaction is initiated, giving you access to your pay up to two days earlier than conventional checking accounts.
  • Automatic savings features to help you save in your connected Chime Savings account.
  • The app sends you daily bank account balance notifications, and sends transaction alerts every time you use your debit card.
  • You can disable the debit card from the app.
  • Send 15 fee-free “friend transfers” P2P payments each month.
  • Nominal 0.01% APY on all deposits.

Fees to watch out for:

  • Chime’s service is almost entirely fee-free: No monthly charges, no ACH transfer fees, no foreign transaction fees, and no ATM fees if you withdraw funds from MoneyPass or Visa Plus Alliance network ATMs.
  • If you make an ATM withdrawal outside of these networks, there is a $2.50 fee.
  • Overdrafts are not permitted, so there is never an overdraft fee.

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2. Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking

Peoples Bank Cash Solutions

This Texas-based bank offers a second chance bank account that is available nationwide, and so long as you don’t have a record of bank or checking fraud on your record, you should be approved for this account. You’ll need to deposit at least $30 before the bank activates your account and provides you with checks and a debit card.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $4.95 monthly maintenance fee
  • $27.50 overdraft fee
  • $27.50 nonsufficient funds fee
  • $3.95 printed statement fee (which can be avoided with electronic statements)
  • $2.00 ATM withdrawal fee at machines not owned by Peoples Bank
  • $25 stop payment fee
  • $20 account closure fee (if within 90 days of opening account)

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3. Radius Essential Checking

Radius Bank

Products from online bank Radius are available to customers nationwide, and accessibility is a strong point in its favor. This second chance bank account only requires customers to deposit $10 to open an Essential Checking account, which is lower than some other accounts on this list.

Account Features:

  • A free debit card
  • 24/7 mobile and online banking
  • Access to Radius’s budgeting and personal finance tracking apps
  • Eligibility to upgrade to Radius’s Reward Checking account after 12 months of positive banking history

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9 monthly maintenance fee
  • $25 per item non-sufficient funds fee (waived on all overdraft items $5 or less)
  • $5 daily overdraft fee

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4. Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo’s Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts are tailor-made for folks with a lackluster credit or banking history. With a $25 opening deposit, you’ll get access to a second chance bank account that offers most of the bells and whistles of a traditional bank account. The account does come with a monthly fee, although it’s possible to waive it if you meet a few requirements (see below).

Account features:

  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free transfers are available between Opportunity Checking and Savings accounts
  • You can choose to opt into overdraft protection
  • Free access to bill pay
  • “My Spending Report with Budget Watch” is available if you want to pay extra attention to where your money is going
  • Free debit card with access to more than 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs throughout the country

Fees to watch out for:

  • $10 monthly service fee, waived if any of the following are true:
    • You make 10 posted debit card purchases or payments
    • You keep a minimum daily balance of $1,500 in the account
    • You receive $500 total in direct deposits each statement cycle
  • $35 overdraft and returned item fee
  • $12.50 overdraft protection transfer fee
  • $15 fee for excess activity (exceeding withdrawals from your savings account)
  • 3% foreign transaction fee with your debit card
  • $5 for money orders
  • $31 for stop payments

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5. BBVA Easy Checking

BBVA
BBVA’s Easy Checking product is available as a second chance account to customers in the Lower 48 (sorry, residents of Alaska and Hawaii, you’ll have to look elsewhere). Note that you must open the account at one of the bank’s branch locations, or by phone outside of the branch network footprint; you cannot open this account via their website. There is a $13.95 monthly service charge to maintain the account. You can request that BBVA upgrade your account one of their regular checking products after 12 months — and ditch that high monthly fee — so long as the Easy Checking account remains active and has a positive balance.

BBVA Easy Checking features::

  • Online and mobile banking, customized alerts, and a free debit card (with option to personalize)
  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free BBVA ATM withdrawals

Fees to watch out for:

  • $3 fee for out-of-network ATM withdrawals
  • $38 insufficient funds fee ($32 in California)
  • $15 deposit item returned fee
  • $32 stop payment fee made over the phone or in person ($30 in California); $25 if made online
  • No fee for closing your account within 180 days of opening

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6. Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking

Woodforest National Bank

This regional bank has a checking account aptly named Second Chance Checking, to help people rejected by other banks access — provided they live in one of the 17 states where a physical branch exists and can meet the $25 minimum opening deposit requirement. Those states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit (or $11.95 without a direct deposit), $3.00 monthly paper statement fee (which can be avoided if you sign up for electronic statements)
  • $9 one-time account set-up fee
  • $2.50 ATM withdrawal fee when used at a non-Woodforest network ATM
  • $15 debit card set-up fee
  • $29 overdraft fee (for each charge)

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7. First National Bank and Trust Company Renew Checking

First National Bank and Trust Company (WI)

First National Bank and Trust Company’s second chance bank account offering is called Renew Checking. You’re eligible for a new account if you live near the bank’s Beloit, Wisc. headquarters, in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Account Features:

  • No monthly minimum balance
  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free online and mobile banking, bill pay, and e-statements
  • Access to 70,000 no-fee ATMs worldwide through Allpoint and MoneyPass
  • Eligible to upgrade account after twelve months in good standing

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9.95 monthly service fee, or $7.95 with direct deposit
  • $30 early account closure fee (if closed within 90 days of opening)
  • $34.50 overdraft fee
  • $34.50 insufficient funds fee
  • $34.50 stop payment fee

The fee schedule for personal accounts at First National Bank and Trust Company is here.

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Alternatives to a second chance bank account

Get a prepaid debit card

Tired of the traditional banking experience? You could opt for a prepaid debit card instead. With a prepaid card, you can load money onto it and spend at merchants that accept major credit and debit cards. But if you try and spend more money than what’s on the card, the transaction is declined — although this prevents you from accruing any overdraft or insufficient funds fees. This is useful if you feel you may still have trouble managing your spending and need an extra layer of security to prevent you from getting into trouble.

Some prepaid cards offer extra perks like advance direct deposit and free ATMs so long as you stay in their network.

Open a secured credit card

You may also have better luck applying for a secured credit card if your credit score is in good enough shape. Usually, this requires depositing cash with the lender, who then gives you the credit card for the same amount. Each month that you make on-time payments, the bank will report that good behavior to the credit bureaus, helping you boost your credit score. At the end of the payment period (generally 12 months, though it varies by banks), you’ll get the full deposit back.

Secured cards can come with high interest rates and many don’t feature the enticing rewards other high-end cards do, but they get the basic job done for consumers who don’t need a card with a high credit limit.

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