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How the Venmo Debit Card Can Make You Money When You Shop

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Did you know that you can earn cash back with the Venmo Debit Card at some retailers like Sephora, American Eagle, and H&M? Did you know they even had a debit card? Yep, the decade-old payment service gets you back a few bucks when you shop at certain retailers. I’m gonna show you how easy it is.

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1. Apply for the Venmo debit card through the Venmo app.

hand holding a venmo card on a table with coffee and cell phone

To get the Venmo debit card, you have to apply through the Venmo app in the “Settings” section. I’m assuming, of course, that you already have a Venmo account.


2. Keep a balance in your Venmo account, or use the Reload feature if you tend to forget.

A woman wearing a face mask, standing behind a shopping cart, looking at a cell phone in Target.

When you make a purchase using your Venmo debit card, the money automatically comes from your Venmo account. If your Venmo balance is too low, it’ll get denied, unless you enable the Reload Automatically feature (under the Venmo Debit Card option in the settings menu).

With the Reload Automatically feature enabled, Venmo will add money $10 at a time to cover any purchase over your Venmo balance.


3. Earn 5 – 6% cash back when you pay with your Venmo debit card in store.

Women at checkout in Sephora.

Just swipe your Venmo debit card at the register, and your cash back will automatically go into your Venmo account. Here are some of the offers I found in my Venmo app:


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4. Shop through the Venmo app and earn up to 10% cash back.

phone showing the app page for venmo

You can shop and earn cash back from several online retailers through the Venmo app. Just click “Offers” in the settings menu, and scroll down to “Online Debit Card Offers.” Here’s what you can find:


5. Venmo has daily cash back maximums up to $40.

A customer purchasing items at the Shoe Carnival checkout

Like other cash-back programs, Venmo has a limit set by store or category on what you can earn per day. The smallest amount I’ve seen is $5 a day for Dunkin’ Donuts, up to $40 at Sephora, which makes sense. Here are a few other examples:



6. Venmo debit charges no fees, but Paypal debit charges 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.

phone on top of money with a screen showing the venmo and paypal app

Use your Venmo debit card and never have to worry about transaction fees like PayPal charges when you use their debit card.


7. Venmo Buyer Protection can protect you like a credit card.

Woman holding a card and phone

While they may not protect every transaction, Venmo does have a purchase protection program that can help you get your money back if you buy something and get ripped off.


8. Amazon doesn’t let you pay with Venmo, but the Venmo debit card is a work-around.

A woman sitting on a couch, looking at a computer with amazon packages around her.

Although Amazon doesn’t accept standard Venmo payments, an easy work-around is to use your Venmo debit card as a payment method in your Amazon account. Boom! Take that, Amazon.

RELATED: Get Up to $10 off Your Next Amazon Purchase When You Pay With Venmo

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