How to Find Out How Much Money Is on a Prepaid Debit Card

by Carl Carabelli ; Updated July 27, 2017

Knowing the balance of your prepaid debit card will help you budget your shopping trip. Some retailers even require you to know the exact amount on the card when making a purchase. Fortunately, checking the balance of a prepaid debit card is simple and no different from doing so on a gift or credit card. All the information you need is on the card itself.

Step 1

Call the number on the back of the card. It will be an 800 or 888 number.

Step 2

Follow the prompts until you get an option to check your card balance.

Step 3

Enter the number from the front of the card using the dial pad on your phone. Press the pound key when finished. Enter the security code from the back of the card and your PIN, if applicable.

Step 4

Listen to the automated message, which will state how much money is on your prepaid debit card. Write down the balance and keep it with you when you go shopping.

About the Author

Carl Carabelli has been writing in various capacities for more than 15 years. He has utilized his creative writing skills to enhance his other ventures such as financial analysis, copywriting and contributing various articles and opinion pieces. Carabelli earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Seton Hall and has worked in banking, notably commercial lending, since 2001.