Compare AccountNow to Check Cashers

If you use check cashers to handle your finances because you don't have a bank account, AccountNow can help you save money. You can save $250 a year in check cashing and more than $500 a year including check cashing, paying bills, ATM Fees and monthly fees by using an AccountNow Prepaid Card instead of check cashing services. That's more than $40 each month!

Monthly Items1 No Bank
Gold Card
You Save
Cashing Your Paycheck
Check cashing fees / Direct Deposit
$21.00 $0.00 $21.00
Paying Your Bills
$38.97 $0.00 $38.97
Monthly Fee $0.00 $9.95 ($9.95)
ATM Fees
Based on 3 withdrawals
No Access $7.50 ($7.50)
Monthly $59.97 $17.45 $42.52
* Data Source: Reloadable Prepaid Card Analysis, by Bretton Woods, Inc., November 2013. Calculations based on Western Union and Ace Cash Express fees. Cheaper alternatives may be available. For instance, the USPS charges $1.10 each for Money Orders in the amount of $500 or less as of June 2011.
Annual Savings  $510

5 Reasons to get an AccountNow Prepaid Account

  1. We're Inexpensive.
    Instead of paying an average 2.25% to cash your paycheck, deposit your payroll or benefits check to your prepaid account for free with direct deposit. You can also save money when you pay your bills with your AccountNow prepaid account. Avoid money order and postage fees to pay your bills by using our online bill pay feature. It's free for standard processing.

  2. We're Fast.
    With an AccountNow prepaid account, you have access to your money at all times. Get your online banking done from the comfort of your home, work, or everywhere with internet access. With direct deposit and online bill pay, you can avoid unnecessary trips to the check cashing center and long lines. When you sign up for Direct Deposit you can get Paid up to 2 Days Faster(with direct deposit subject to your employer’s payroll process and timing).

  3. We're Convenient.
    You can use your AccountNow prepaid card to shop online, pay bills, and purchase goods or services everywhere Visa debit cards is accepted. Plus, you can withdraw cash from your prepaid account at over one million ATMs with the AccountNow Prepaid Card. Never get stuck at the register searching around for enough change to pay for a purchase again.

  4. We’re Safer than Cash.
    It is safer to keep your money on one of our prepaid cards than carrying it around in cash. Unlike cash, your AccountNow prepaid card is protected against unauthorized purchases with Visa Zero Liability policy**. All AccountNow prepaid accounts are FDIC insured through the issuing bank.

  5. We're Friendly.
    We have a team of friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives ready to resolve any questions or concerns you may have regarding your AccountNow prepaid account. Our customer service reps receive an average 8.5 out of 10 rating on “friendliness”, “resolving your issue on the first call” and “satisfaction”.

1Average monthly card usage cost based on the following: 8 PIN transactions, 7 signature transactions 3 cash withdrawals, 4 online bill payments (2 electronic/ 2 mail), 2 bank-to-card transfers.


No Credit Check
$15 Direct Deposit Bonus§

Get your Tax Refund in as little as 8 Days

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AccountNow, Inc. is a BBB Accredited Financial Service in San Ramon, CA

© 2017 Green Dot Corporation. New cards are provided by Green Dot Corporation, a member service provider for Green Dot Bank, and issued by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Green Dot is a registered trademark of Green Dot Corporation.  Green Dot Bank operates under the following registered trade names: GoBank, Green Dot Bank and Bonneville Bank. All of these registered trade names are used by, and refer to, a single FDIC-insured bank, Green Dot Bank. Deposits under any of these trade names are deposits with Green Dot Bank and are aggregated for deposit insurance coverage. For existing card accounts, please see back of card or log in to your account to see the card issuer.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW CARD ACCOUNT: To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens a Card Account. What this means for you: When you open a Card Account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, social security number and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see a copy of your driver’s license or other identifying documents. Approval is subject to identity verification, as well as and other fraud prevention measures.

**The Visa Zero Liability policy covers U.S. issued cards only and does not apply to ATM transactions, PIN transactions not processed by Visa, or other certain commercial card transactions. Cardholder must notify issuer promptly of any unauthorized use. Consult issuer for additional details or visit

§This offer is available to all AccountNow Gold Visa Prepaid Card customers. To qualify for the $15 direct deposit bonus, within 6 months after being approved to receive a card you must deposit at least $500 in qualifying deposits per month via recurring direct deposit in two or more consecutive months. Bonus must be redeemed by phone at 877-553-3767 within 30 days of meeting qualifications. Please see help for eligibility and redemption requirements.

There is no additional charge for this feature. Fees apply to the prepaid card. See your Cardholder Agreement for fees, terms and conditions.

This is not a credit card. Subject to ID verification.

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