Compare everyday prepaid cards

Everyday prepaid cards do just what they say on the tin. All you need to do is load them up with money and then use them just like cash or a debit or credit card. And you can compare the best options with MoneySuperMarket.

Pay monthly prepaid cards - Ordered by cards which incur the lowest first year costs for an upload of £500 with eight transactions of £37.50 each and four ATM transactions of £50 each, includes any special or introductory offers.

  1. Exclusive

    FREE card & FREE £5 when you pay in at least £10 within first 7 days

    Great for
    Contactless Card. NO Credit Checks*, Monthly or Usage fees - EVER
    FREE to pay in by debit card, bank transfer, wages or benefits. Only 99p to pay in by Cash at PayPoint
    Up to 10% Cashback with top UK retailers
    But be aware that
    Customers without a verified UK address will be offered a lower limit card
    You must be aged 18 or over
  2. Exclusive

    Get £5 FREE on your first load of £50

    Great for
    No monthly, ATM, usage or currency fees for the first three months
    Up to £250 overdraft and £1,000 Direct Debit cover available - subject to approval
    Manage account via mobile app or online banking
    But be aware that
    After three months, regular ATM, usage and currency fees will apply, as well as a £5.95 monthly fee
  3. Great for
    One fixed fee - No mark-ups, transaction, ATM, lost, reactivation or dormancy fees
    Load with GBP; spend and withdraw in any foreign currency
    Wholesale exchange rates - The rates banks use to trade with each other, with no mark-ups
    But be aware that
    There is a £50 annual fee
  4. Great for
    No transaction fees and no credit checks, low ATM fee apply
    Spend anywhere you see the MasterCard Acceptance Mark
    But be aware that
    £3,000 maximum card balance applies to full product. If you are unable to provide ID documentation, your card limit will be £1,650
    Charges 3% to load at PayPoint
  5. Great for
    Free UK ATM withdrawals, Direct Debits and Standing Orders
    Up to £250 overdraft and £1,000 Direct Debit cover available - subject to approval
    Add Creditbuilder to your account at no extra cost
  6. Limited offer

    Card application fee of £4.95 refunded if you load a minimum of £20 within 30 days of account opening. Offer ends 30th September 2016

    Great for
    Instant approval guaranteed for verified applicants
    Account number and sort code details are generated immediately
    Use to build credit
    But be aware that
    Card fee of £4.95
    Monthly fee of £9.95

Prepaid cards that are an alternative to a bank account - Ordered alphabetically A-Z

  1. Great for
    Free UK ATM withdrawals, Direct Debits and Standing Orders
    Up to £250 overdraft and £1,000 Direct Debit cover available - subject to approval
    Add Creditbuilder to your account at no extra cost
  2. Exclusive

    Get £5 FREE on your first load of £50

    Great for
    No monthly, ATM, usage or currency fees for the first three months
    Up to £250 overdraft and £1,000 Direct Debit cover available - subject to approval
    Manage account via mobile app or online banking
    But be aware that
    After three months, regular ATM, usage and currency fees will apply, as well as a £5.95 monthly fee
  3. Limited offer

    Card application fee of £4.95 refunded if you load a minimum of £20 within 30 days of account opening. Offer ends 30th September 2016

    Great for
    Instant approval guaranteed for verified applicants
    Account number and sort code details are generated immediately
    Use to build credit
    But be aware that
    Card fee of £4.95
    Monthly fee of £9.95

Prepaid cards to build your credit - Ordered alphabetically A-Z

  1. Exclusive

    Get £5 FREE on your first load of £50

    Great for
    No monthly, ATM, usage or currency fees for the first three months
    Up to £250 overdraft and £1,000 Direct Debit cover available - subject to approval
    Manage account via mobile app or online banking
    But be aware that
    After three months, regular ATM, usage and currency fees will apply, as well as a £5.95 monthly fee
  2. Limited offer

    Card application fee of £4.95 refunded if you load a minimum of £20 within 30 days of account opening. Offer ends 30th September 2016

    Great for
    Instant approval guaranteed for verified applicants
    Account number and sort code details are generated immediately
    Use to build credit
    But be aware that
    Card fee of £4.95
    Monthly fee of £9.95

Prepaid cards are not eligible for protection under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Everyday prepaid cards

Offering flexibility, security and control, prepaid cards are payment cards that are pre-loaded with money. And everyday prepaid cards are a great alternative to credit cards, debit cards and simply using cash to cover your everyday purchases. 

They are a good option for anyone whose credit score – or lack of credit history – means they would find it hard to be accepted for a market-leading credit card, for example.

No credit checks

To be accepted as a customer by most banks and credit card companies, you must have a credit history. To qualify for the best deals, meanwhile, you will need a high credit score. 

However, there are no credit checks with everyday prepaid cards. You will therefore be accepted as long as the company offering the card can verify your identity using your personal details.

For those keen to improve their credit scores, meanwhile, some everyday prepaid cards allow you to borrow the annual fee and pay it back in monthly instalments, thereby giving you a repayment record that will be put on your file by the credit reference agencies.

But beware: you could damage your credit rating even further if, for example, you miss a payment.

Easy to use

Everyday prepaid cards can be funded monthly, for example from your bank account, or even via your employer paying your salary on to the card, or they can be fed on a pay-as-you-go basis.

You top-up the latter type of prepaid card in a similar way to topping up a pay-as-you-go phone – so either at Payzones that can be found at over 30,000 locations in the UK, by using your mobile, or with a debit card. When you make a purchase, the amount will automatically be deducted from the card balance.

For all your shopping needs

Everyday prepaid cards can generally be used anywhere that you could use a debit or a credit card. They are particularly good for shopping online, as they limit your exposure to fraud because they are not linked to a bank or credit card account.

Wherever you use your prepaid card, though, you cannot borrow money – making it impossible to overspend and get into debt. For many people, especially those on a budget, this imposed discipline is the biggest advantage of a prepaid card.

Other advantages

Many everyday prepaid cards reward you for spending, often by offering cashback or access to exclusive discount voucher codes.

Some cards also come with one or more ‘companion’ cards, allowing you to send money to friends or family anywhere in the world just by loading up your own card. 

On the flipside, however, you must be aware of the charging structure. Pay monthly cards generally have a monthly fee, which can be up to about £12 a month, but don’t charge for purchases.

Pay-as-you-go cards, meanwhile, tend to charge more for cash withdrawals – up to £2 per withdrawal in the UK – and for purchases, but have no monthly fee.

Find the best deal

With MoneySuperMarket, you can compare and apply for a range of everyday prepaid cards with ease to ensure you're getting the right one to suit you. 

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