From time to time deals will come along that include a prepaid Visa Card. For example, the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Digital Photo Inkjet Printer goes on sale for $300 with a $250 prepaid Visa card as a rebate.
The problem I find with prepaid visa cards is that it’s a pain to track the balance and if you use it to make a purchase and return that purchase, the refund goes back on the Visa Card meaning you have to keep the card around.
So here’s how I deal with prepaid gift cards – I find ways to prepay bills.
My cell phone, electric, and car insurance companies all accept Visa and Mastercard.
I therefore just use the entire prepaid car balance to prepay those bills.
For me, the ease of dumping the entire balance all at once is attractive. I don’t have to worry about the balance or maintenance fees.