Review: Reloading and Spending the Day After Christmas with Bluebird

BY: - 27 Dec '12 | Reviews

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A little while back I shared that I would be doing a review of the new American Express Bluebird card. Well, my Bluebird card arrived in the mail the day before Christmas and I was itching to try it out. With that being the case, I decided to give it a real-life trial run, so I could report back with my findings. Last night I headed over to our local WalMart with Bluebird in hand.

First things first, I needed to load money onto the card. I walked over to the customer service line and asked to load funds onto my Bluebird card. The process was very straight forward. I was loading from another debit card. The customer service rep rung up the total that I was going to place on the card. I swiped my debit card, and she handed me a receipt while informing me that the funds were available for use. Simple enough right?

I was a little skeptical about whether the money was actually there that fast, but I was willing to try it out with a purchase. Plus the store was empty so if I got rejected at the register it wouldn’t be too embarrassing lol. I picked up a wi-fi signal repeater for the house and a few snacks for movie night, and headed to the self-service register. I scanned my items, swiped my card, and that was it.

I bagged my items and was on my way out of the store. No stress, no strain and no struggle. The process was really that easy and almost surprised me because nothing is ever really that easy. Over the next few days I’ll be using the Bluebird card in different situations to get a better feel of what I can do with it and continue to report my findings.

In the meantime I’m including more details on ways that you can reload your Bluebird card and the expected timeframe for each:

Direct Deposit

  • You can get all or part of your paycheck added to your Bluebird Account

Notes: It typically takes approximately 1-2 pay periods for your first paycheck to be deposited. After that, you should receive the deposits on your normal pay date.

Link a U.S. Bank Account

  • Deposit money from your checking or savings account
  • Funds loaded to Bluebird from your verified bank account will generally be available within 5 business days after the load is requested.

Notes: The money transferred from your linked checking or savings account will generally be available within five business days after the request has been made. Recurring money deposits from your bank account will also generally be available within five business days after the scheduled date.

Deposit Money From Debit Card

  • Once you have activated your personalized Bluebird Card, adding money to your Bluebird Account from a Debit Card is quick and simple.
  • There’s a $2 fee to deposit money to your Bluebird Account from a debit card.

Notes: You can link up to 4 debit cards to your Bluebird Account, but the same debit card cannot be linked to more than one Bluebird Account. Verification of your debit card is immediate. Once verified, your debit card is linked to your Bluebird Account, and you can deposit money immediately. Funds are available immediately when deposited from a Debit Card that is either linked or used at a Walmart register.

Deposit Cash

  • Once you have activated your personalized Bluebird Card, you can deposit money at these locations.
  • You can also use a Vanilla Reload NetworkTM Prepaid Reload to deposit money into your Bluebird Account. Learn more.

Notes:  If you cash a check at your local Walmart, you can ask for the proceeds to be immediately deposited into your Bluebird Account. Certain Fees and Limits apply to depositing cash to your Bluebird Account at a Walmart.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided for the time and effort that will go into this review but will not influence my findings. 

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Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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  2. Kerry

    Do you know why it takes 5 business days for the funds to be available. I called Customer Service and, BTW, got right through, but all they could tell me is that the funds are taken from my bank account and put into a clearing house and available on the 6th business days. I am not exactly sure why the funds have to sit in a clearing house for 5 days.

    1. Kerry

      Besides the lag time, I have been very happy with the card. I did ask customer service but I am pretty sure it was a call center in India and they were not equipped to answer my question.

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Review TLC’s “The Sisterhood”: Jesus Didn’t Die for This

BY: - 2 Jan '13 | Entertainment

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I know there is a lot of crap on television. Over 90% has nothing to do with Jesus. But when you intentionally create a show and act like it does, that’s when you cross the line.

“The Sisterhood,” a reality-tv show about preachers’ wives in Atlanta, premiered on TLC January 1. Leading up to the show, I thought, “Do I really want to begin the first day of the New Year with this in my spirit? Really?” You see, I’m a first lady, and the more I work in ministry, the more I come to understand the real cost of walking out this assignment as a pastor’s wife. I also come to understand the cost that my Savior paid on The Cross. And one thing I know is that Jesus didn’t die for this. Yes, the word of God says we are to have life more abundantly (John 10:10). But not like this.

After watching the show, I do believe all the couples are sincere (well, maybe not Tara and Brian. That’s just my opinion). And I do want their families and ministries to do well. I even found a few redeeming qualities, just a few:

#1: You actually see Christian marriages in process: husbands and wives who love God and who are dealing with everyday struggles such as finances, teenagers, ministry, and extended-family issues. My heart melted watching Pastor Brian, actually a former pastor who closed his church due to financial reasons, paint his daughter’s fingernails and lotion his wife’s legs. Pastor Brian displayed what it means to be in love with his family, even amid financial and ministry struggles. And the mere fact that he closed the church to maintain his family’s livelihood means he understands that family is his first ministry. That’s was good.

#2: There was real-talk about sex, albeit Pastor Anthony and his wife Christina were trying too hard to be funny and provocative. There is such thing as too much information for the public. We don’t need to know about all your diseases and sexual exploits. Just gross. But let me get back to the positive. It was good to see  a pastor and wife talking to their teenagers about sex, minus the banana, condom, and genital wart.

I also thought the flirting between Pastor Mark and Ivy – leaders of an inner-city church – was refreshing.  Even the handcuffs and  Pastor Mark saying,“You better watch yourself, girl” showed that Christians can maintain the excitement and passion in their marriage even though they are saved. That was cute, but he could have ended the conversation there (or the editors could have) instead of telling us how he wanted his wife to use them in the bedroom. We got the picture once we saw the handcuffs. Again, the show is trying too hard to be provocative.

#3: The women have intense debates about the use of scripture in casual conversation. Even though their passion began to sound more like persecution, I thought the topic of conversation was worthwhile. It’s true that Christian women struggle with finding spaces to be real without fear of judgment or  a sermon being thrown in their faces.

So, if you sift through the extra, there are a few positives to be found. But, I’m more concerned about the purpose of the show not the smidgen of positives.

The purpose is to replicate the Real Housewives series, but to appeal to the Black Christian community, in hopes that our faith is as superficial as “The Sisterhood.” They really don’t think we hold our Jesus as sacred as we do. They think we will sell him out, forget his sacrifice, and crucify him afresh every Tuesday night at 9 PM Est. They don’t think we are spiritually insightful enough to notice what they’ve done by titling the premier episode  “Thou Shall Not Cross a First Lady.”  I don’t care how many fights you script or how much you talk about sex, when you mess with the Cross of Calvary trying to create a provocative title and get people to watch girl fights, you’ve gone too far.

“Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain'” (Exodus 20:7).  Edit that into the script.

If the creators of “The Sisterhood” want a souped-up version of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” then they should just create one and  leave he Cross out of it. Jesus didn’t die for this.

BMWK, did you watch the premier of “The Sisterhood”? What did you think? Will you be watching it again?

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Dr. Michelle Johnson is the founder of Alabaster Woman Ministries, an online international women's ministry. She is a wife, mother, writer, speaker, teacher. Through her daily blog, online radio show, and video Bible studies, Dr. Michelle encourages women and married couples to make God the center of their lives.

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