Debit Cards, Resources

ING Direct Electric Orange Checking Debit Card To Offer 1% Cash Back

I just received an email from ING Direct with the following information: From June 1 until July 31, ING Direct will give you 1% cash back for every “signature-based” purchase that you make with your ING Direct Electric Orange MasterCard Debit Card. Limit: $500 I’ve just recently (like YESTERDAY) opened up an Electric Orange from ING DIRECT checking account and I’m excited about this “bonus”. In the past, I’ve mentioned Visa Extras, which gives you rewards for using your debit card. (Check your local bank to see if they participate in the Visa Extras program. I use Wachovia, and Visa Extras is free for debit card holders.) Both programs require “signature-based” uses of you debit card. What’s that? Basically, any…

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Debit Cards, Money Management, Resources

Can I Use A Debit Card To Rent A Car?

I am not a fan of credit cards – so I thought I’d check around and see if I could use a debit (check) card to rent a car.  Here’s what I found – updated November 22, 2016. Here is a list of many major car rental agencies and their debit card policies. Please click on the link associated with each company to read more about their policy. This information is provided in summary form and you should conduct your own research before using any of the companies listed.  Information is subject to change. Hertz: The Hertz website states: Q: Can I use my Debit Card or Bank Card to reserve a Hertz car? A: At most Hertz locations, debit…

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Debit Cards

Cash Money…Dollar-Aire?

The three main reasons that I use cash and not debit/credit cards for daily purchases are… 1. I spend less when I use cash. Handing someone a fifty is much, much harder and more real than signing a credit receipt for fifty dollars. 2. Simplicity. I use an envelope system, and when I use cash I know exactly how much money I have in each account. Plus, less debit purchases mean less check-book entries to deal with and remember. 3. I want my kids to see me use cash. I want to teach them that real things cost real money. Checks, debit cards, and credit cards represent “fantasy” money to children. Cash is real!!!

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