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Sounds like you already worked a way out.
If you pay phone bill, it should not take long to drain the card. Also, if you are in a group/family plan (I'm not familiar with Sprint, and don't know if they offer such), you can pay everyone's bill to drain the card faster, and ask for cash from others. Utility bills are also fine, but you may be charged extra fee, and I used to pre-pay more than one month's money at one time. You may also buy Amazon gift cards and shop there. Should you need textbooks next semester, it's also fine.
Below may be a VERY bad advice from me. Maybe impractical for you. You may waste a lot of time on this and not achieve what you want, unless you are familiar with the techniques.
If you can get to an OfficeMax recently, then use the card and another payment method to buy at least $300 of Visa gift cards (issued by Metabank, $100 + $200 should be fine, $200 + $200 also fine). You will get $20 off, so it can effectively offset the activation fees. Split tender should be able to be done if you ask nicely. Then, load these cards to your Bluebird at Walmart using Kate.
Downside is it may take a lot of effort, and there may not be an OfficeMax near you. Gift cards in OfficeMax may be out of stock, and Walmart Kate may be broken, and Walmarts near you may not have a Kate. Since you mentioned Bluebird, I would just mention this approach, though. It's always YMMV, there are reports of no split tender allowed, and etc. If you feel not good about this, just ignore what I said.
BTW, you cannot do online debit loads to Bluebird using prepaid debit card, which is what you use. Only bank debit cards (i.e. d/c's associated with a bank account) are allowed. Also, if your card does not have a PIN, it will not work with Kate, and that's why for buying Visa gift cards with PIN available.
Citi Forward Visa $5000 10/2012 | American Express Blue Cash Everyday $8000 2/2014 | Discover it $7000 5/2014
Chase Freedom Visa Signature $7000 6/2014 | Citi ThankYou Premier Visa Signature $5000 1/2015