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How to Use a Prepaid Credit Card From Walgreens By Rosa Lyn, eHow Contributor

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Using a credit card provides convenience and shopping access for many consumers. However, not everyone is comfortable with generating debt to get the products that they want and need. Also, some are not able to obtain a credit card for various reasons. In these situations, a prepaid credit card may be the perfect solution. Walgreens stores offer reloadable prepaid credit cards that feature both the Visa and Mastercard logo. These are paid for by the user upfront at any Walgreens location and are accepted by all merchants who process major credit cards.

Things You'll Need
  • $24.95 or more in cash
  • Computer with Internet access or telephone
  • Social Security number and other identifying information

Instructions

  • 1. Select the Walgreens prepaid credit card that you prefer from the display. Walgreens offers different graphics, as well as both Visa and Mastercard prepaid credit cards.

  • 2. Present your prepaid credit card to the Walgreens cashier. Pay the purchase price of $4.95, as of 2010, plus the amount that you would like to load on the card. Walgreens accepts cash only for this transaction, according to the website. You may load any amount between $20 to $500.

  • 3. Call the number given on the prepaid card package or visit the provided website using a computer with Internet access.

  • 4. Follow the directions to register your Walgreens prepaid credit card. Provide all identifying information that the telephone voice prompt or website asks for, including your Social Security number. Select your preferences for your personalized card.

  • 5. Use the card that you purchased at the store until your personalized prepaid card arrives in the mail. This temporary card is only valid in the United States, may not be reloaded and may not be used to access an ATM machine, warns the Walgreens website.

  • 6. Activate your permanent personalized Walgreens prepaid credit card by following the instructions included, after you receive it in the mail. Either call the number on the card or make a purchase to activate the prepaid card.

  • 7. Cut up and throw away the temporary card that you received with your initial prepaid purchase.

Tips & Warnings

  • The prepaid card that you receive in the mail may be reloaded at any Walgreens location or by making a direct deposit to your card's account number.

  • All protections granted to regular credit or debit cards extend to the Walgreens prepaid card, including theft protection.

  • Exercise the same cautionary measures that you would use with a regular credit or debit card.

  • Reload the card before your balance gets too low to avoid having your credit card temporarily denied.

Rosa Lyn

Rosa Lyn has been a freelance writer since 2009. She has worked as a ghostwriter for companies such as eBay and was the editor-in-chief for the member newsletter at the websites SewingMamas. She specializes in subjects such as home and family, parenting, alternative health and crafts.

Original source: eHow.com

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