Social Security Debit Cards: 7 Things You Need to Know

If you don't have a bank account, your days of dealing with paper checks are over.

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Stick with direct deposit. If you already have a bank account, you can avoid many of these fees by signing up for direct deposit and using your own debit card. With your own bank account, you can get unlimited and free in-network ATM withdrawals from a financial institution near your home and accrue interest on your Social Security dollars until you spend them. (Balances on a prepaid debit card garner no interest.) Says Tillman: "Direct deposit really is what we would suggest for anyone who already has a bank account."