Hundreds of things have prepaid balances: prepaid cellular phones, prepaid long-distance phone cards, prepaid electronic gift cards, prepaid debit cards. Checking the balance is important so you're not stuck unexpectedly in a situation where you come up short. For example, you might dine at a restaurant for which you have a prepaid gift card. Your balance could come up short when you don't have the cash to cover the difference.
Contact the retailer that issued the card or object. If you have a prepaid cellular phone, for example, contact Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or any other carrier that issued the prepaid credit. If you have a prepaid debit card, contact Visa, MasterCard or Discover or any other issuer.
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Ask the retailer how you can check your balance. Every retailer will have a unique policy and procedure, but most will allow you to do it by either dialing a specific phone number or by checking online.
Log into your user account on the merchant website. Most merchants have prepaid balances listed on your account main page.
Dial a phone number given to you by the merchant or listed on the back of your prepaid card. This number will have a representative who will help you check your balance. Tell the representative the identification number on the back of your prepaid card.
Keep the receipt every time you use a portion of your prepaid card. Often the remaining balance will be printed at the bottom of the receipt.