I would like to apply for a Kroger prepaid card, but I don't understand exactly how it works. What is a prepaid card, and is it really different from another type of credit card?

Answered on September 17, 2016
Updated on September 17, 2016
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Amy Miller Amy Miller
Many people have trouble understanding the distinctions between a prepaid card and a regular credit card. But the difference is pretty easy to see, once it's explained. With a credit card, you are issued a line of credit which you can borrow against, but which you will have to repay. With a prepaid card, you load your own money onto the card initially, and then use it up when you make purchases. You can never go into debt using a prepaid card, because you are simply using up your own money. When it's gone, it's gone. There's nothing to pay back. A prepaid card is much more similar to a debit card than to a credit card. And in fact, many people use prepaid cards instead of having regular checking accounts. Many low-fee prepaid cards are available, and they are a great option for many people.
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