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MyVanilla releases my money

A couple of weeks ago, my Mio card changed to a MyVanilla card and my account was promptly frozen.  I reported my predicament in the post “MyVanilla grabs my money and won’t let go.”  Its not unusual to have a prepaid card account forcibly closed, but in those situations the card company will send you a check upon request (or, at least, they’ll say they’ll send a check – some people have found that those…

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MyVanilla grabs my money and won’t let go

Wow.  That didn’t take long.  In September I reported that my Mio card was being converted to a MyVanilla card and I was afraid that the changeover would lead to my account getting shut down (see “Bye bye Mio“).  The Mio and MyVanilla debit cards were already nearly identical.  Both could be loaded with Vanilla Reload cards.  Both had similar transaction fees.  Both could be used as true debit cards.  What made my Mio card…

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Vanilla Reloadables

This is an update to a post of the same name published a year ago.  A lot has changed since then so I thought it would be good to create a new post rather than edit the old one. Vanilla Reload cards can be a terrific tool for increasing your credit card rewards: 1) purchase a Vanilla Reload card with a rewards credit card (to earn rewards); then 2) Load the value of the card…

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Prepaid musings

Bluebird I’m still excited to see what Amex has in store for us regarding the new Bluebird Prepaid product.  Last week, they said that it would be available “next week” (which is now this week).  Has anyone seen one in the wild?  For background, see “Bluebird is coming. The sky isn’t falling.” Mio In the post “Vanilla Reloadables” I gushed about the Mio card which had no fees for credit transactions.  Just a few days…

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Vanilla Reloadables

Vanilla Reload cards are the key to earning 5X everywhere.  They can be purchased at many Office Depot stores with Chase Ink cards which give 5X for office supply purchases.  Once purchased, the value on the card can be loaded onto a reloadable prepaid card.  When you use the reloadable prepaid card for day to day spend, you indirectly earn 5X everywhere. I originally described the 5X everywhere trick in the post “One card to…

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MyVanilla finally appears

A reader emailed me last night to let me know that the MyVanilla reloadable prepaid Visa card is now available for order online.  For months the OneVanilla website showed the MyVanilla card as “coming soon”, but now it shows the option to “upgrade to MyVanilla:” What makes this card interesting is that it can be loaded using the same Vanilla Reload cards that I originally wrote about in the post “One card to rule them…

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