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The Approved Card from Suze Orman’s Key Fees

  • ACTIVATION FEE $3.00
  • MONTHLY FEE None 1st month, $3 after
  • SIGNATURE TRANSACTION FEE Free
  • PIN TRANSACTION FEE Free
  • ATM TRANSACTION FEE $2

The Approved Card from Suze Orman’s Highlights

  • $2.00 per transaction at AllPoint ATMs (waived for 30 days with a qualifying Direct Deposit or Bank Transfer of $20.00 or more); $2.00 per withdrawal at all other ATMs plus any fees charged by the ATM owner or operator
  • The Approved Card is a prepaid card, not a credit card, so you can’t get into debt when you use it. You can use the Approved Card wherever Debit MasterCard is accepted, and it’s safer than cash.
  • Load it and use it every day! Use it to pay your bills online and for everday purchases. You can even set up an Emergency Fund to set aside money for the “what-ifs” in life!
  • Your personal information is protected with constant monitoring from TrustedID®. If they ever detect a risk to your personal information, they’ll alert you immediately and connect you with their on-call protection specialists to resolve the situation.
  • Set some money aside by depositing it into your Emergency Fund. You can't spend this money without first contacting Approved Card customer support, so you will not spend it by accident, but will find it easier to save.

The Approved Card from Suze Orman’s's Additional Info

  • LIVE CUSTOMER SUPPORT Free 1st call/month; $2 after
  • AUTOMATED CUSTOMER SUPPORT Free
  • RELOAD OPTIONS Direct Deposit, Western Union, Money Gram
  • CANCELLATION FEE Free
  • INACTIVITY FEE None

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ALLLLLLL I WANT TO DO IS PUT MORE MONEY ON THIS CARDDDDD. HOW DO I DO THAT ON THIS SITE I DOn't SEE ANYTHING SAYING TO ADD MONEY? HELPPPPPPPPP HA HA.
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Jul 15, 2012
In order to manage your account online you need to go to:
https://www2.theapprovedcard.com/#login
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The card, company, has the poorest customer service I have dealt with. The website does not show a easy "contact me" link. There are no email or phone numbers. It is very frustrating.
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ITS FRUSTRATING AND ITS VERY HARD TO GET THE PEOPLE TO HELP U WITH ANY QUESTIONS, AND THEY ARE NOT DOING WHAT THEY SAY THEY DO?
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Photo of Veda S.
Apr 6, 2015
I've had my card for about 5 years and have not been able to use it. The first free call to activate my APPROVEDCARD was like speaking to a foreign telemarketing hub of cubicles where you could hear everyone else talking on phones in the background. I barely got a word in before he told me "This is your one free call" and then he hung up on me. I never called back but I did go to the website and I did activate my APPROVEDCARD but was never able to make any transactions OTHER THAN LOADING IT. THANKS FOR NOTHING APPROVEDCARD. PS...You should make zero stars an option for more
Photo of Ken C.
Feb 11, 2014
There are fees among fees but that is standard for this type of card. Customer service is next to zero but that was not an option on this review. If you try to cancel the card there are complications with that to put it mildly. The card is cancelled but they still withdraw money from your account and charge you every time you call to get a status. If things go well and you don't mind running around to transfer funds manually or go to your bank time and time again to confirm "The Approved Card" that it is really you transferring the funds, the card kind of works. Right more
Photo of Ken C.
Mar 9, 2014
I was finally able to get the account working again after a month of running around. We will see how things go now. There seems to be a shift in the level of customer service lately.
Photo of George B.
Sep 20, 2013
I am an existing card holder. Recent changes to the card's web site prompt many questions, but neither the phone number on the back of my card nor the email options on the web site work, leaving no way to resolve problems. How can this be a "people first" card if people cannot contact them?
Photo of Mike D.
Feb 4, 2013
Rip off. Fee after fee charged. Difficulty cancelling, because even after it's cancelled they continue to withdraw money, which leads to bank fees when money is not there.
Photo of Mike D.
Feb 4, 2013
This is such a rip off. There are fees among fees. Then when you try to cancel the card there are complications with that. The card is cancelled but they still withdraw money from your account. Then you try to go online to stop the money from being withdrawn, then there hoops to jump through. You have to reset your password. They say they are sending your new password to your email,...it never appears, not in spam or junk either. Just a scam don't do it. Suze Orman shame on you.
Photo of 4i
Sep 20, 2012
American Express prepaid card is the best out there.
Photo of Janet A.
Dec 30, 2013
AMEX isn't taken everywhere. I have several bills I pay with my (MC) prepaid card that I couldn't pay with AMEX.
Photo of Cindy M.
Sep 16, 2012
In just over a month Suze Orman's card has helped us rein in our spending dramatically. The way it's going to improve MY credit score is to help me get previously-used credit cards completely paid off! I'm sure that's true of any prepaid card. 2 things I'm uncomfortable with: it takes 3 days to get money from my bank deposited onto the card (although if I have it there already, transfering money from main account to husband's card is immediate). I like the per-transaction e-mails, but the phone TEXTS are not specific about whose card they're referring to, AND, unlike the e-mails, they tend to lag in immediacy, sometimes DAYS more
Photo of Renie C.
Apr 6, 2012
The Suze Orman credit card is not a what it is cracked up to be.. 1. monthly fee (I pay my credit cards off each month and I don't get a charge) Customer Service is free for 1 call and then you pay $2 for each additional call. My other credit card doesn't charge at all to contact them. The worst thing about this card is you have to go through a 3rd party to put money on it to spend, such as western union. WHAT? Is she just trying to confuse people? Just pay your bills and don't get yourself into a financial crisis.
Photo of Card H.
Apr 6, 2012
You are absolutely right!! However, a more accurate comparison should be relative to your debit card because Suze's card (like all other prepaid cards) does NOT offer a line of credit and does not help you build ANY credit history.
Photo of LaMont J.
Apr 2, 2012
Don't like the monthly fee.
Photo of Cindy N.
Mar 28, 2012
I just saw this on the Nate Berkus show. I think this idea is wonderful and its about time someone did this...thank you Suze Orman!
Photo of Bonnie A.
Mar 28, 2012
Per Suze Orman herself (she is on Nate Berkus now). Other Prepaid cards charge a monthly fee of $50. She also said there is no prepaid card that will give you a fico score or any credit score for that matter. However, with this card you have unlimited access to free credit scores of your other cards and after six months of use with this card, then Fico will do an evaluation to determine if they can give you a score. It is the first card to do this, but throughout the time you have the card your information is shared with the 3 credit score companies. Cheers! I still more
Photo of Card H.
Mar 28, 2012
Bonnie Alexander - While Suze is certainly right about the fact that no prepaid card will impact your FICO score, her card does not provide any tangible benefit to your credit standing either. What seems to get lost in The Approved Card's marketing spiel is the fact that TransUnion is merely using anonymous data about card transactions to judge whether or not it would make sense to include prepaid card and debit card information on consumer credit reports down the road. This deal won't affect you at all in the short term and is unlikely to amount to much in the long term either. In short, it's neither a reason more
Photo of Tami D.
Feb 24, 2012
This card has a lot of fees. The best card I have ever used is the readydebit card.
Photo of Dinorah N.
Feb 2, 2012
This is just awful. Charging people to use their own money? As well it is NOT helping your credit score "as of yet" I cannot believe Suze Orman Is doing this. She has always been on the up and up...and On top of it it's not helping the consumer.... Try Going to a local Credit Union to build your score/ help with your credit, They might be able to help you without charging you these Fees!
Photo of Creighton M.
Feb 3, 2012
The 3.00 fee is all you pay! if its used properly and that is worth it just for the free credit bereau scores you get! Plus allpoint atm network free with only 20 bucks deposited monthly. This card is alot better then some others. She is trying to start a movement by having the bereaus use debit cards to build your score..
Photo of Creighton M.
Feb 2, 2012
Wow I really don't get some of the critisicm of this card. I don't even need it & I signed up for one because the 3.00 fee is so worth the Transunion credit monitoring! Plus you can use allpoint atm's for free with no fee just by direct depositing 20 bucks per month! Which is no problem for me. This card may not suit everyone, but compared to other offerings it's great.. Again I don't see why the big rant people are making?
Photo of Phil H.
Jan 23, 2012
lol..maybe in 2 years..but I don't care..if u have a 0 credit score..that means u owe 0 banks..loan companies and credit cards 0 money...witch means u have 0 debt! the penalty and price we pay for having a fico score is known as interest..that's extra money we pay some one else for things we bought on credit..im only interested in paying interest to myself..and making " pay me, s" not payments! I ue my BANK debit card for free! I don't pay atm fees...customer service fees..activation fee...and I am not giving my money to Suzie Orman..lol...this is a joke!
Photo of Card H.
Jan 23, 2012
Actually having no annual fee credit cards that you do NOT use or for which you pay the balance in full every month allows you to build your FICO score at NO cost. If your no annual fee credit card also has rewards and you are disciplined enough to pay it in full each month and not overspend, then you end up also getting paid for building and maintaining a solid credit score that can come handy for a number of reasons, including paying less on your car insurance.

Nevertheless, Suzie Orman's card, like all other prepaid cards, will do NOTHING for your credit score and there is no reason it more
Photo of Phil H.
Jan 24, 2012
lol exactly..and if you TRULY want to have more opportunities to build personal wealth...gain financial peace.and learn and understand the principle of "When you learn how money truly works...your money will start working for you instead of you just working for it"..you will stop being like everyone else who is worshiping at the altar of the totally useless "FICO " score.

In order to have a large credit or FICO score..u must allow your self to have debt! If every pay check you brought home from now and forever had no payments of any kind coming out...think of how much money you could save up...and buy things with cash..therefore never paying more
Photo of Merline G.
Jan 18, 2012
LOVE SUZIE'S ADVISE, SHE IS MY SATURDAY NIGHT DATE. HAVEN'T READ THE FINE LINE OF THE DEBIT CARD YET BUT FROM A QUICK LOOK I BELEIVED THERE'S A CHARGE IF YOU USE THE ATM SO DON'T USE ATM., AND IT IS THE SAME THING IF YOU USE YOUR REG. ATM AT A BANK OTHER FROM THE ONE THAT ISSUE IT. I THINK IT GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO DOES NOT HAVE CREDIT A CARD, NOW THEY DOn't HAVE TO ASK PEOPLE TO CHARGE STUFF FOR THEM. GET IT AND USE IT WISELY.
Photo of Terr W.
Jan 16, 2012
I just saw the Suze Orman on the Wendy Show talking about the new "Approved Card," it seems to be a great idea.
Photo of Lizzy B.
Jan 16, 2012
Not for nothing, but I have a checking account, a savings account, money market accounts and Roth IRA's. I have not been cut off from the banking world in anyway and STILL believe that the prepaid card is a fantastic choice. By placing a monthly allowance on myself through the prepaid card, and using my checking and saving FOR savings and paying bills...I have been able to balance everything to a tee with minimal time AND save a large amount of money that I otherwise would have spent using my Debit card. Prepaid cards are not JUST for people with bad credit or no bank accounts....Suse Orman's point of all more
Photo of Card H.
Jan 16, 2012
While the American Express prepaid card has much lower fees than most prepaid cards, they do not offer a bill payment service which renders the card useless as an alternative to a checking account. Also they are not affiliated with an ATM network which means that the combination of Amex's ATM fees together with the fee charged by the owner/operator of the ATM can make the Amex card a very costly card for someone that needs frequent ATM access.

Here is more information on the Amex prepaid debit card:
cardhub.com/d/american-express-prepaid-card-569c/
Photo of Card H.
Jan 16, 2012
TheDark Child - Actually neither Suze's prepaid debit card or ANY other prepaid card help you build your credit in any sort of manner! It is actually unfortunate that Suze markets her card in such a misleading way...

The only thing that Orman's prepaid card does is that it shares purchase, payment and other transaction information with TransUnion (one of the major credit bureaus) so that they can study the correlation between that information and the information that is currently included in most consumer credit reports. In other words it is a study that will yield NO changes to a consumer's credit report and credit score. Maybe two years after the class="more-hellip">… more
Photo of Annette B.
Jan 13, 2012
From what I am reading this card does not appear to nickle and dimes the consumers to death, except for the ATM fee! which is like a navel string to all the financial institutions. However a card that is called the Peoples Gold Prepaid card with the interest of the consumers and at the same time own by the people would be the best solution to oppressed people who has to rely on these prepaid cards. Can you imagine how this would empower people and help most of us to climb out of poverty. I am so sick and tired of the same set of people enjoying most of the more
Photo of Card H.
Jan 13, 2012
This is a really good idea, so essentially what you propose is a not-for-profit prepaid card that at the end of each month or year distributes any excess revenue back its cardholders based on their usage of the prepaid card?
Photo of Joe W.
Jan 12, 2012
"There's nothing wrong with saying, ‘I want to have more, I want to be more, I did this for money,’” Suze Orman, the reknowned financial advisor once said. She’s also said, "People first, then money, then things" and "Many people are in the dark when it comes to money, and I'm going to turn on the lights.” So which mindset does Orman’s Approved Prepaid Card coincide with? Is it the unapologetic seeker of wealth or the public figure who has espoused a desire to help people better handle their finances? Could it be both? Let’s see. The first thing yiu have to look at when evaluating a prepaid card are more
Photo of Glenn S.
Feb 8, 2012
I think a caution is required about the green dot cards. I have read online at refundsweepers.com general chat board that they are hard to use and the fees can run really, really high so that you don't get to use anywhere near the amount you load on the cards.
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