American Express is offering a limited time bonus on its Serve prepaid card. Until September 30, 2013, you can earn a $50 bonus for signing up for the card (it’s free) and setting up direct deposit (also free). To receive the $50 credit from Serve, you must:
- successfully sign up for a new Serve Account,
- activate your Serve Card,
- successfully enroll in Direct Deposit that your employer participates in, and
- receive a minimum of two qualifying Direct Deposit transfers of $250 or more to your Serve Account, the second of which must post on or before August 31, 2013.
For my money, Serve is one of the best prepaid debit cards available today. It’s completely free, offers excellent online tracking of your spending, and comes with many of the benefits you’d find on an American Express credit card.