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Celebrating My Daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday with GreenDot

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Dot for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


We recently celebrated my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday! It seems like only yesterday that I was nervously waking my husband at 4am to give him the news that I was in labor with her. Time surely does fly!


We decided to mark the special occasion with a weekend trip to Chicago. There, we joined my brother and extended family for a day at the movies, bowling, games, and fun!


The Sweet 16th birthday is a pretty huge deal, and there was plenty to worry about. Arriving to the movie theater on time, the cold and unpredictable Chicago weather, places to eat, etc. Luckily, one thing that I did not have to worry about was whether I was staying on track with the birthday budget. Having a GreenDot card on hand made managing the festivities easier.


Using my GreenDot card to pay for all my daughter’s birthday weekend activities was better than using my bank account’s debit card. With the predetermined spending budget already loaded onto the card, I did not have to stress about overspending and incurring overdraft fees!*


As we traveled via caravan from venue to venue, I had peace of mind knowing that I could keep my bank account debit card safely stored away for the entire trip without missing out on money management features. In fact, GreenDot’s money management features are easier to use than those of my bank card.


My banks checking account requires me to login into their app using a multitude of steps just to access my account balance. But GreenDot makes it much easier! With my personalized card, I was able to get my card balance, recent transactions and even the nearest reload locations as we ventured around the city all with a simple text to GreenDot from my phone*.


The best part about my GreenDot card is the ease of sending money. My brother-in-law paid for our dinner at the bowling alley, and I was able to reimburse him by sending the money to him directly from my card to his PayPal.

My daughter’s Sweet 16th birthday weekend trip was a success! Having my GreenDot card to cover the celebration expenses was a smart choice and  really came in handy! I was able to enjoy the weekend completely worry-free in my finances!

I’ll be using it for our summer family travel, and even for my son’s 11th birthday festivities coming up in a few weeks! And I’ll be earning money as I’m spending it, too, since my GreenDot Cash Back Visa Debit Card allows me to earn 5% on every eligible purchase I make – up to $100 annually. That’s money that I can apply to more big family adventures!


It’s good to know that no matter the event or occasion, GreenDot gives me the power to bank smart and consistently control my money.




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