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Using the Automatic Kiosk to Load Bluebird & Buy Money Orders at Wal-Mart

Using the Automatic Kiosk to Load Bluebird & Buy Money Orders at Wal-Mart

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Update:  You can no longer load a Vanilla Visa to your Bluebird.

A reader tipped me off that you can buy money orders and load your Bluebird at Wal-Mart using the Wal-Mart Money Center Kiosks.  I actually tried using one of these machines about 6 months ago, but was unable to get it to sell me a money order or to load my Bluebird.  But I’m glad that it is finally working!

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WalMart MoneyCenter Kiosk

This is great news for folks who buy Visa gift cards with a PIN using a miles and points credit card.  That’s because you no longer have to wait in line at the Wal-Mart MoneyCenter and be at the mercy of a teller who may not know how to reload your Bluebird.  And once your Bluebird is loaded, you can use it to pay bills and loans which you otherwise can’t pay with a credit card.

Frequent Miler wrote about his experience re-loading Bluebird.  Mine was similar except that my gift card was declined the first time I swiped it.  But it went through on the next try!

Wal-Mart MoneyCenter Kiosks

The Wal-Mart MoneyCenter kiosks are usually located near the customer service center or near the MoneyCenter.  They actually say “ATM” on them so keep a look out for them.

Loading Your Bluebird

Step 1 – Touch “Walmart MoneyCard”

The Wal-Mart MoneyCenter has a touch screen, so select the “Walmart MoneyCard” option.

Select
Select “WalMart MoneyCard”

Step 2 – Swipe your Bluebird

Swipe your Bluebird card on the pin pad.  If you don’t have a Bluebird, see this post on what you can do with a Bluebird.

Swipe Your Bluebird
Swipe Your Bluebird

Step 3- Enter Amount to Load

Enter the amount you want to load.  Remember that the minimum amount which you can load is $20 and you can’t load more than $1,000 per day (up to $5,000 a month).  These load limits are shared with the load limits if you use Vanilla Reloads to load your Bluebird.

Select How Much To Load
Select How Much To Load

Follow the prompts and select to pay with a debit card when you’re asked if you want to pay with cash or debit.  Note that not all gift cards with a PIN will work as debit cards at Wal-Mart, so buy a gift card with a small denomination as a test first.

Buying Money Orders

You can also buy money orders from the kiosks, but you are limited to only 4 money order of a maximum of $500 each.

You Can Buy Money Orders From the Kiosk
You Can Buy Money Orders From the Kiosk

I wouldn’t deposit money orders directly in my bank account (because large deposits could be suspicious), but they may be useful to pay bills or other persons.  That said, I much prefer using my Bluebird to pay bills and loans which I otherwise can’t pay with a credit card.

Bottom Line

You can save time by loading your Bluebird at the Wal-Mart MoneyCenter kiosks instead of at the counter!

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If you have a Bluebird sub-account, can you add funds to your own sub-account?

You are allowed $1K per day on BB, $5K per month. If you try to load 2 x $500 Gift Cards in Walmart’s Kiosk, the machine will often times call a manager & you can’t proceed without them doing their thing. Some get kinda testy. I’ve gotten around the limit and shut-out successfully (100% of the time) with loading 1 @ $500 and 1 @ $499.99. No error messsages — no supervisors called. Slick.

I have a greendot prepaid visa card, can i use it to purchase money order from the walmart machine?

I, like others here, went to WM today and tried to load BB card for the first time. I used Metabank issued Visa GC debit card and got the second request for the PIN. I cancelled the transaction and called BB. BB said prepaid debit cards won’t work to load if the debit card itself doesn’t allow for cash withdrawals. I never told her it was a GC, but I guess only regular debit cards work to load BB. She also mentioned buying a green dot money pak and said I could use my debit card to buy the money pak, then use moneypak to load BB via moneypak website.

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