If you recall, I shared that we’d be trying out the American Express Bluebird Debit Card with our son. Bluebird is a checking/debit alternative loaded with features, not fees. You’ve probably seen the blue displays in your walmart stores as you walk in. Ours are by the registers. Anyways, I’m happy to report that Toby’s spending was curved, which saved him some bucks in the long run.
During the last month, I was able to monitor Toby’s spending as well through my Bluebird dashboard. I could see his balance and easily reload it if I needed to. Because he was using a card with a preloaded amount & limit, he was a lot more careful. I had explained to him that THIS is what you get and THAT is all. I think he got the picture. He was more cautious and liked being able to log in and see his activity through his Bluebird dashboard.
What he did have trouble figuring out, was getting cash. I don’t mean actually getting cash with the card but figuring out how much cash he’d need for bball games & concession. He had to calculate a little bit so that he wasn’t having to get cash constantly. He made it work and it made him buy less at the concession stand. That’s a HUGE plus!
Overall, the Bluebird debit card has been beneficial to us. I have a different plan for my own Bluebird card and Toby will continue to use his just like we’ve been. I definitely recommend it, especially if you have children of age (which is 13) that are always asking for money. It’s a great way to teach them a few financial lessons.
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