Credit building prepaid cards can help you rebuild your bad credit rating, and offer a simple way to manage your finances.
Who can get a credit building prepaid card?
Unlike traditional credit cards which require applicants to be 'credit scored' before an issuer decides whether they can approve the customer or not (and at what credit limit/on what credit terms if they do), prepaid credit card issuers never take a 'risk' on consumers by offering them a credit line. Individuals using prepaid cards can only ever spend up to the value of the balance they have loaded (even with 'credit building prepaid cards').
Given that there is very limited risk associated with issuing prepaid cards, issuers are able to offer cards to a broader range of people than traditional credit card issuers might. This means that practically anyone over the age of 18, who has not been convicted of a serious crime, can access the products and enjoy the benefits that an improving credit score offers.
What is the best credit building prepaid card?
Although the UK prepaid card market is alive with competition and diversity, relatively few prepaid issuers offer true 'credit building' functionality. There are an increasing number, but choice is limited, so you won't be able to shop around too much. That said, the limited product choice means you can easily focus on specifics and decide which is the best for your personal circumstances.
Be sure to have a good understanding of monthly fees, transactions and ATM fees, but also what happens if you can't afford the monthly fee.
Remember if you are looking to get a prepaid product for foreign currency for a trip abroad, then a prepaid credit building card might not be right for you. Equally, if you have no need to improve your credit rating, then you might find that other prepaid debit card products without monthly fees are better suited to your needs.