My Experience Budgeting, Loading and Spending with Bluebird

BY: - 30 Jan '13 | Money

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For the last few weeks I’ve taken you along with me as I tested out the new American Express Bluebird card. Some of my favorite featues included:

  • Being able to load money onto the card in multiple ways. If you make deposits from your bank the transaction will take several days so my favorite method was to go into my local Walmart and deposit directly to the card via cash/debit. That made the funds available immediately on my Bluebird card.
  • Being able to use the card anywhere that accepts American Express cards. Because of concerns with identity theft I hate using my actual bank card or credit cards in various situations so the Bluebird is a nice alternative. You can also withdraw funds via ATM.
  • Using the Bluebird mobile app to manage my account and money.
  • Having the ability to set up sub accounts for our older kids that allow us to teach them financial responsibility at a young age.

You can see a more detailed list of the complete features here.

If you need an alternative to your credit and bank cards or could use the card to assist with your budgeting I would recommend the Bluebird card for you to try out. My only advice would be to make sure you examine how long the funds will take to load from the desired method that you choose.

BMWK family, have you or would you try the Bluebird card from American Express? 

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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Interview: Daniel & Montina Portis – Founders of the 52 Week Financial Challenge

BY: - 1 Feb '13 | Couple's Spotlight

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If you were anywhere near social media at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 (specifically Facebook), then you may have seen a chart similar to this one with the title “52 Week Money Challenge.” Although this challenge has recently gained popularity thanks in most part to social media, it has actually been around now for a few years. In this interview, you will get to meet the creators of this popular money challenge, Daniel and Montina Portis.

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Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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