A mobile wallet and virtual debit card for kids — but it’s only compatible with iOS.Jassby is a free chores and allowance app that will soon have its own virtual debit card for kids. It’s complete with parental controls, budgeting tools and a savings goal tracker. But the virtual debit card doesn’t launch until some time in November 2020, and it’s only compatible with Apple Pay and iOS devices.
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Expert reviewJassby is a virtual debit card that’s best for kids who have an iPhone. They can complete chores and earn allowances in the app, then use their money online or in person with their Jassby debit card. Parents can set spending limits for the card, as well as assign chores and pay allowances.
Another interesting perk is that the Jassby card comes with a free six-month free trial — the longest free trial we’ve yet to see with any kids debit card. After that, you just need to make one purchase a month to avoid the $2.99 monthly fee. Again, very inexpensive compared to other cards that cost upwards of $50 a year.
But unlike other kids’ debit cards, this one is only compatible with Apple devices, and your kid won’t get a physical card in the mail. This means that if they want to buy something in person, they need to make sure the store accepts contactless payments first. This may not be a big deal if you live in a larger city where contactless payments are becoming the norm. But if you’re in a smaller town, your options might be limited.
How do I get the Jassby virtual debit card?Jassby card isn’t available yet, but here’s how to download the Jassby app, which is where you’ll request your debit card when it’s time:
- Go to the provider’s site and follow the steps to apply.
- Click Learn More and How to Join for Free.
- Enter your email address.
- Install the Jassby app on your iOS device.
- Create your profile.
- Verify your email address.
- Add your family members to your account.
- Verify your identity.
- Link a bank account or debit or credit card.
Parents must meet these requirements to use Jassby:
- At least 18 years old
- US citizen or legal resident
- US phone number
- US bank account or credit card
- iOS device
Required informationJassby may ask for this information when requesting your virtual debit card:
- Your date of birth
- Your Social Security number
- Child’s date of birth
How do Jassby‘s fees compare to the competition?Jassby has one of the lowest fee structures of any kids’ debit card we’ve seen. Here’s how its fees compare to the competition:
|Fee||Amount||How it compares to other kids’ cards|
|Monthly fee||$2.99 or $0 when you make at least one virtual debit card purchase a month||This is one of the lowest fees we’ve seen yet. Most kids’ cards have a monthly subscription fee that costs $50 a year on average. With Jassby you pay $0 to $35.88 a year depending on how much you use it.|
|ATM withdrawal||N/A||Although you can withdraw money from an ATM with most kids’ cards, you can’t with Jassby.|
|Cash reload fee||N/A||You can only load your card through the mobile app.|
|Card replacement fee||N/A||Jassby is a virtual debit card, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.|
What are the benefits of Jassby?
Like most cards for kids, Jassby supports chores and allowances. And it comes with these benefits:
- Six-month free trial. You can try Jassby for free for six months before a potential monthly fee kicks in, giving you plenty of time to see if it’s the right fit for your family.
- Easy-to-waive monthly fee. There’s no monthly fee when you make at least one purchase a month with your Jassby virtual debit card. Otherwise, it’s $2.99 a month.
- Parental controls. Adults can set spending limits, turn their kid’s debit card on and off, award one-time bonuses for reaching savings goals and more.
- Jassby Mall. Kids get access to an in-app Jassby Mall, where they can buy more than 20,000 products from retailers like Starbucks, Apple and Nintendo.
- Giveback program. Jassby has teamed up with The Conservation Fund to donate $1 for every purchase made in the Jassby Mall through December 31, 2020.
What should I look out for?Jassby has these potential drawbacks:
- No physical card. Jassby is a virtual debit card. Your kid won’t get a physical card to store in their wallet for places that don’t yet accept contactless payments.
- Only supports Apple Pay. Jassby doesn’t support Google Pay or Samsung Pay, so your child must have an iPhone to use their virtual debit card at a store.
- No ATM network. Jassby is a virtual debit card, so your child can’t withdraw cash at an ATM.
- Not available yet. You can use the Jassby app now for chores and allowances, but the virtual debit card won’t launch until some time in November 2020.
- No information on limits. The card hasn’t launched yet, so Jassby doesn’t have any information on its site regarding spending and transfer limits.
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How can I fund my child’s Jassby account?
The only way to load funds onto your child’s Jassby app is through a parent’s linked bank account, debit or credit card.
Kids can either spend their money via their Jassby virtual debit card or ask an adult to withdraw the money for them if they need cash.