Not to long ago the news broke that certain stores would no longer allow the purchase of Vanilla Reloads with credit cards. That was big news as a lot of people only knew how to load Bluebird by using Vanilla Reloads from a three letter store. But there is another way. Below are some steps I’ve taken that work for me.
Step 1: Purchase Gift Cards With Pin At Stores
I’ve purchased the Vanilla One cards in the past, but there are reports of a few other cards working with this approach. The cards I’m mentioning are at the top of the picture below.
Step 2: Drive To Walmart, Use Automated Kiosk To Load Bluebird
Go to the automated kiosk and select the option to load Bluebird. Then follow the prompts and use your gift card you just purchased. I usually set my pin at the kiosk, because the first time you use the card you can select a pin and that will be the pin for the card.
Step 3: Verify
Always verify your funds were properly loaded and take a receipt. You’ll now be on your way to pay everyday bills through your Bluebird account.
This approach isn’t as quick or cost effective as using the old Vanilla Reloads was. I even still ask to purchase the old Vanilla Reloads from time to time just in case, but it hasn’t worked yet. Until it does, I’ll continue using this approach.
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