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    Default Does anyone still use their debit cards?

    Aside from having checks deposited and getting cash when needed, are there any other uses for debit cards/checking accounts? Rarely do I pay for anything with a debit card and on occasion do use cash. I primarily charge everything to my credit cards to get my rewards, points & convenience.

    After the debit card changes stemming from the financial crisis back in 2010-2011, banks don't offer the rewards on them anymore leaving me to solely use my credit cards. I only use my DC to get cash and all my CC's are linked to my checking account.

    Curious to hear your thoughts.
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    some banks do offer points for using your debit card, my banker was explaining to me that if you sign up you can get points Td bank is the bank. a Capital1 banker told me you can also get points using your debit card.

    to answer your question I never used a debit card until a about a year ago. I would only use it if I was traveling by plane or train, I don't want to carry 200.00 or so dollars through the airport , but when I get to my destination when having lunch let's say at Burger king, popeyes ect
    I don't want to use my credit cards for 7.00 or so, then I would use my debit card to get cash out of the td bank atm or I would purchase
    something at cvs then ask for cash back. I like to use cash alot but for other purchases I use credit cards.
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    Nope, I never use my debit card for purchases. Maybe only when I *really* need cash and I don't have time for an ATM and just get cash back from the transaction.

    But I always keep both of my debit cards in my wallet for cash purposes.
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    I only use them for deposits and withdraws from ATM's.
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    I got rid of debit cards and went to ATM only cards.

    :mad: Fraudulent Charge :mad: - read this and you'll see why debit cards are a very bad idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcarter609 View Post
    I got rid of debit cards and went to ATM only cards.

    :mad: Fraudulent Charge :mad: - read this and you'll see why debit cards are a very bad idea.
    Hmm, I might do the same thing. I am very self-conscious about someone having direct access to my checking account. The only reason I keep my debit cards in my wallet is for ATM use; I might as well use ATM cards instead and keep the debit in the drawer.
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    I don't carry my debit card on me unless I will need cash on a particular day, which is rare, but otherwise I use credit for everything. My spending patterns aren't any different, and I don't feel more likely to spend more than I have carrying credit over debit, so I stick to credit. I like purchase protection and not worrying about someone stealing my actual money out of my account, or a merchant taking more than they should, etc. Also, I like to earn points to put toward vacations, and I can't do that with debit. I pay all my credit cards twice a month online.
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    Good advice. I do the same, only carry the debit card when I know it's needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robrus1 View Post
    I don't carry my debit card on me unless I will need cash on a particular day, which is rare, but otherwise I use credit for everything. My spending patterns aren't any different, and I don't feel more likely to spend more than I have carrying credit over debit, so I stick to credit. I like purchase protection and not worrying about someone stealing my actual money out of my account, or a merchant taking more than they should, etc. Also, I like to earn points to put toward vacations, and I can't do that with debit. I pay all my credit cards twice a month online.
    Quote Originally Posted by Randiesel75 View Post
    Good advice. I do the same, only carry the debit card when I know it's needed.
    So if you do that, why not just get an ATM only card like I did? The withdrawal limits are the same, and it only works in an ATM with your PIN number. That way there is ZERO chance of it getting stolen and used for any purchases.

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    Only for cash. It used to get points, but Suntrust stopped it.
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