Don’t Throw Out Prepaid Debit Cards When They’re Done

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Don’t Throw Out Prepaid Debit Cards When They’re Done

If you were gifted a prepaid debit card at any point this year you may want to reconsider throwing them out when you finally decide to de-clutter your wallet, instead save the card even when its balance is spent.

There are some key reasons behind this, of course. Apartment Therapy offers a couple of situations in which the used-up card would be helpful, or even necessary.

First of all, if you end up getting a refund or rebate for your purchase, it may go directly onto the card before you have a chance to ask the merchant to process things otherwise. If the card is gone, so is your refund. That alone should be enough to make you reconsider.

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You can also use the empty card as a dummy card for signing up for free trials. Lots of free trials automatically kick in with a monthly or annual charge once your try-out is over. Sure, you can set calendar reminders for yourself to cancel the service, but signing up with an un-chargeable card is good insurance.

So the next time you de-clutter your wallet or purse, save your spent gift cards for a rainy day. It might be the difference between paying for an extra month of that streaming subscription you were supposed to cancel.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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Comments

  • This complaint has nothing to do with the article, but rather the idiot Pedestrian articles with GoT spoilers in their titles. Can you tell those fucktards to knock it off ?
    Not everyone gets to sit glued to their TV every night.

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