There's a prepaid cashback debit card that Martin hasn't mentioned yet, but is definitely worth a look if you're a householder. It gives you a 5% cashback on everything you buy, in-store and online, at a whole range of shops such as Sainsbury's, Argos, Boots, Comet, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and loads more. You can even get 5% cashback on fuel at Sainsbury's filling stations. And you can use it anywhere else that accepts MasterCard transactions, though without the 5% cashback.
It's not for everyone, though, as you have to have to be a customer of Utility Warehouse to qualify for a card. If you are a customer, this is how it works. There's an application fee of Â£9.99 per card (you can have up to 5 for different family members, as long as they are 13 or older) and a monthly charge of Â£1, which is waived for the first 6 months. There is also a 35p charge whenever you top up your card, which can be done by phone, online or automatically (either every month or whenever your balance drops below a chosen amount).
But it seems, from reading Martin's article, that these charges compare very favourably with other prepaid cards - plus you get the 5% cashback from lots of retailers, so you should be able to get back far more than you pay out in charges. The cashback is credited to your monthly bill with Utility Warehouse, so you can't spend it but instead it's used to reduce you energy and telecoms bill. So it could be well worth while switching your phone, broadband, mobile, gas or electricity to Utility Warehouse in order to get a cashback card - and reduce your utility bills.
If you want a quick link, go to the Referrers Board
and search for Cashback Prepaid debit card.