You can load money onto a Walmart MoneyCard through direct deposit, by using a Walmart rapid reload, through check cashing at Walmart, at a Walmart money center express machine, through an online bank transfer or with a tax refund.
You can have your paycheck or government benefits loaded directly on your Walmart MoneyCard through direct deposit. This service is free, and you can deposit all or part of your check.
Walmart Rapid Reload
At any participating Walmart, you can add cash to your MoneyCard by swiping it at the register. There is a $3 fee for this service, but it is free for Preferred cardholders. The service is also available at select Green Dot participating retailers.
Check Cashing at Walmart
You can cash your payroll or government benefits check at Walmart and instantly load the funds on to your MoneyCard. There are no fees for loading these funds onto your MoneyCard, but there may be check cashing fees.
Walmart Money Center Express
These centers are located toward the front of Walmart stores, near customer service. You can add cash to your card, your check balance, purchase money orders and buy phone cards. Fees apply depending on the type of MoneyCard and the type of transaction.
Online Bank Transfer
Same-day transfers are available for $2.95 on all but the basic MoneyCard. The standard transfer takes one to three business days, and there is no reloading fee. However, your bank may charge fees on the electronic transfer.
When you file your taxes, you can choose to direct deposit your refund to your Walmart MoneyCard. Select the option to direct deposit your funds into a checking account. Your MoneyCard provides you with a routing number and an account number. The standard IRS processing time applies.
Loading money only begins the process of using your Walmart MoneyCard. The basic Walmart MoneyCard provides you with zero fraud liability through Visa and MasterCard programs. Free online bill pay service is also included. You can send free checks to a landlord or set recurring monthly payments for your auto insurance. These cards also allow you to send funds to friends or family anywhere in the United States.
In addition to all of the other benefits, you can also access an online money vault for setting aside funds for future use. Think of this as a small savings account that you wouldn't be able to touch until you move your funds back onto your MoneyCard.
Each card has a $5 monthly service fee. The monthly fee is waived however if you reach certain targeted monthly deposit amounts ($1,000 or more). The rapid reload incurs a $3 fee for each deposit, but it is free for Preferred cardholders. A $2.50 is charged per ATM withdrawal which may be on top of additional fees charged by the ATM operator. There is also a 3% foreign transaction fee and a $0.50 balance inquiry fee at ATMs.
The Bottom Line
The Walmart MoneyCard has many benefits but also several fees. All cards require no credit check, have no overdraft fees and do not require you to have a bank account. You can choose from either a Visa or MasterCard debit and use it everywhere Visa or MasterCard is accepted. Plus, there are various ways to load money onto the card.