Nickel MasterCard Prepaid Card by Nickel Labs, Inc. (iPhone)
Released: Mar 2, 2016
Version: 1.0.4
Size: 40 MB
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Nickel MasterCard Prepaid Card

Nickel Labs, Inc.
Nickel helps kids and teens get money-smart. Part teaching app, part MasterCard®, Nickel is the best way for parents to stay in control while their kids (8+) gain real-world experience managing money.

With Nickel, kids can learn to handle money responsibly: how to earn it, when to spend it, and how it can grow. Parents maintain oversight while children face everyday financial choices. Dinner out or a movie in? Play video games or wash the car? Spend it now, or save up for the future? These decisions bring consequences and valuable lessons learned. We believe it's better to learn those lessons on $30 rather than $30,000.

Using the app, parents set up their family, and kids activate their Nickel Card. Nickel is free to try for two months. After that, it's only $5 per child per month. Note that kids must use a different phone number from their parent to activate their cards and log in.

Parents can send money to their child's Nickel Card from anywhere, for any reason. They can set a consistent, automatic allowance, pay for chores and cover emergencies.

Parents and kids can instantly disable their Nickel Card if it's lost or stolen. Unlike cash, there's a record of where it was spent. And in an emergency, parents can send money instantly, from anywhere.

Nickel makes it easy for parents and children to keep track of spending. Each decision – even a mistake – is a teachable moment and a conversation starter.

Kids can save up by sending money to their Nickel Pocket, which can earn interest from their parents. Kids can also set up automatic contributions through AutoPocket and watch it grow.

Earning pennies per year with today's interest rates isn't very engaging. We enable parents to set and pay a meaningful interest rate that helps kids understand the power of compound interest, opportunity cost, and the time-value of money.

Because Nickel is designed with kids in mind, certain transactions are automatically blocked: no ATM access, no travel, no gambling, and more. See the full list of restricted categories in the Nickel mobile app.


“Nickel is awesome. You can see how much you’re spending and you can see how much you’re setting aside, and it just makes you more money-aware.” — Natalie, age 13

“Most kids can’t tell you what they spent money on two days ago, let alone two weeks ago. This can tell the kids what they spent money on two weeks ago. I think that’s extremely powerful.” — Alex, father of Levi, age 15

“This is a new, fresh approach that gives kids a place in this huge finance world. I know that Nickel would help me as a parent show my son how important saving is and that you will earn more and more, the more you set aside, and that’s awesome. Nickel would actually help me stay on track and stay organized with allowance, because juggling a large family sometimes that can be difficult. This simplifies everything for us.” — Tenisha, mother of Anthony, age 12

“Without a tool, without having anything concrete to look at, everything is like ‘No, you’re spending too much money.’ Or, ‘You’re spending it on things that you don’t really need.’ With Nickel I can say, “No, really, on this date, this is how much was spent and you spent it on this. Was that really what you wanted to do? How do you feel about? Did you think that was a wise thing to do?” — Alexis, mother of Angeline, age 13

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Music in the App Preview: "The Light Between Us" by Scott Holmes
From the Free Music Archive
CC BY 4.0

What's new in version 1.0.4
Hello Nickelers! This version...
*Makes it easier for parents to change allowance amounts and interest rates to anything they wish. Well, not anything...
*Makes it so that if kids add a note when they add or remove money from their Nickel Pocket, we now show that note in the recent activity. Crazy, right?
*Bashes some bugs
Our verdict: Good
  • + Nickel MasterCard Prepaid Card is a highly rated app (4-star).
  • + The app is free.
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