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How to Load Your Card

Your family’s funding card comes pre-loaded with a modest amount of money — from $5 to $50.

Once loaded, parents can move money instantly between any of the cards in the family using the FamZoo app.

Before long, you’ll need a secure way to reload your funding card.


Choose from these secure load options:

Bank icon

Bank Account

Transfer funds from your bank account to your card.

Takes 1-3 business days.

Often free. $0.95 at PopMoney.com.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Direct deposit icon

Direct Deposit

Instruct an employer or government agency to deposit funds on your card.

Takes 1-5 business days.

Free.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS HERE


Cash icon

Cash

Load cash onto your card at a participating retailer.

Takes minutes.

Typically $4-$6.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Digital wallet icon

Digital Wallet

Transfer funds from an online digital wallet like Apple Pay.

Takes 1-3 business days.

Typically free.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Help!

Are you having trouble reloading and need some help?

Contact us online or call us at 412-326-9661.

Note: Our load options work for any FamZoo card. Most families load only the funding card, but there are times when loading the other cards directly is handy — like loading a teen’s card via direct deposit from a summer or part-time job.


The Most SECURE Solution

How is loading FamZoo cards so secure?

You can rest easy knowing:

  • Nobody can steal your main bank account info from FamZoo. We never ask for it. We never store it.
  • Nobody can drain your main bank account using the FamZoo app. We never automatically pull funds from your bank account.

For the highest security from fraudsters (and crafty kids!), you always PUSH funds into FamZoo from your own secure online banking application or by using one of our other load options.


Bank Account

Transfer funds from your bank account to your card.

You can transfer funds to your FamZoo card from almost any conventional bank account using the online banking service provided by your bank or credit union.

Follow these steps:

  1. Sign into your online banking service at your financial institution’s web site.
  2. Link your card as an external checking account.

    NOTE: This linking step only has to be done once, before your first transfer.

    1. Find the account and routing numbers for your FamZoo card. They’re printed on the back of your card and on the direct deposit slip attached to the paper card carrier.

      These numbers make your card accessible as a checking account at The First National Bank of Central Texas for the purpose of ACH transfers. See here for more details.

    2. Add your card as an external checking account using its account and routing numbers.

      Typically, you’ll find a link with a name like Add External Account in the Transfers section of your online banking service. (Example: Wells Fargo.)

      Note: The ability to add an external account is often not available in mobile banking apps, so be sure to check your financial institution’s online banking web site. Contact us if you can’t find it.

      Be sure to identify your FamZoo card as a checking account, not a savings account.

      If your financial institution does not support external transfers or is one of the few still charging excessive transfer fees, use PopMoney instead.

    3. Initiate the account verification trial deposits. Most banks will verify your account by making two small deposits and immediately reversing them with a withdrawal.

      NOTE: Do not select the immediate verification method via account sign-in if it’s offered. Our card processor does not support that option. The trial deposit exchange is the only supported verification method.

      NOTE: It’s best to keep at least $1 on your FamZoo card during the verification; otherwise, verification can fail if the bank’s withdrawal gets processed ahead of the two trial deposits.

    4. Check your card for the trial deposit amounts in 1-3 business days. See here for details on how to locate the deposits in your FamZoo card’s transaction history.
    5. Enter the trial deposit amounts to complete verification. Sign back into your online banking service, locate the link to verify your pending external account, and enter the trial deposit values you found in FamZoo.
  3. Initiate a transfer from your bank account to your linked FamZoo card account.

    Once verified, your card account will appear in the list of possible destinations on the Transfer form in your online banking service.

    Be sure to enter an amount less than the maximum transfer limit.

    NOTE: Do not choose the expedited option if it results in a wire transfer instead of an ACH transfer. Our card processor cannot accept wire transfers.

  4. Wait 1-3 business days for the transferred funds to appear on your FamZoo card. That excludes weekends and bank holidays.

For the fastest transfer times:

  • Start early in the day. Banks tend to have a cutoff time after which transfers are held until the next business day for initiation.
  • Start early in the week. Weekends do not count as bank business days and will extend the elapsed time.
  • Plan around holidays. Holidays do not count as bank business days and will extend the elapsed time.

PopMoney

Transfer funds from your bank account using PopMoney.com.

PopMoney is an excellent option if your financial institution does not support external transfers directly or is one of the few still charging excessive transfer fees.

To load from PopMoney, follow the detailed instructions here, or watch this video.


Cash

Load your card with cash at a participating retailer.

You can load your card with cash (and sometimes a check) in just minutes at participating retailers like Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and more.

It’s the fastest load option but also has higher fees — usually between $4 and $6 — so we only recommend it in a pinch.

Choose between these options:

MasterCard rePower

Load your card with cash at a MasterCard rePower participating retailer as follows:

  1. Find a local participating retailer using the MasterCard rePower locator
  2. Take your FamZoo card and cash to the retailer location. Remember to bring cash! Retailers rarely accept any other form of payment.
  3. Swipe your FamZoo card at the register to have the money automatically loaded. The deposit completes in minutes — usually 10 or less.

    In some cases, like Western Union, you may have to fill out a form and hand it to an agent.

GreenDot Reload @ the Register

Load your card with cash at a Reload @ the Register participating retailer as follows:

  1. Find a local participating retailer using the GreenDot @ the Register locator. The locator indicates the types of loads that are accepted — cash or check.
  2. Take your FamZoo card and cash (or check where accepted) to the retailer location. Hand the cashier your funds.

    If the cashier asks you to select from a menu of load types listed on the point of sale device, choose the GreenDot Universal Swipe Reload option. See what the option looks like on a Rite Aid screen here.

  3. Swipe your FamZoo card at the register to have the money automatically loaded. The deposit completes in minutes — usually 10 or less.

GreenDot MoneyPak

A MoneyPak is handy when someone else (like a relative) wants to provide funds to be loaded on your card, or when you don’t happen to have your card with you while at the retailer.

Follow these steps:

  1. Find a local participating MoneyPak retailer using the GreenDot locator. Check the filter box in the locator labeled “Buy a MoneyPak”.
  2. Purchase the MoneyPak with cash at the register. Credit or debit cards can not be used to purchase a MoneyPaK.
  3. Reload your card with the unique MoneyPak number by following the instructions at moneypak.com. The deposit completes in minutes — usually 20 or less. The recipient cardholder must be at least 18 years old.

Direct Deposit

Instruct a payor to deposit funds directly on your card.

You can load paychecks, tax refunds, government benefits, and more onto your card via direct deposit. There is no fee.

Fill in the direct deposit form attached to the bottom of the card carrier page that comes with your FamZoo card, and communicate the information to your payor.

In most cases, you can elect to deposit a percentage of your pay or a specified fixed amount.


Digital Wallet

Transfer funds from an online digital wallet like PayPal.

Many popular digital wallet services allow you to link your FamZoo card as a checking account using its routing and account numbers. Once linked, you can withdraw funds stored in your digital wallet to your card.

This method is really only convenient if you tend to keep a ready balance of funds in your digital wallet, or you have a quick way to add funds to your wallet when you need to reload your FamZoo card.

Popular options include:

Apple Pay

If you have an iPhone and Apple Pay, you can reload your FamZoo card for free in 1 to 3 business days as follows:

  1. Add money to your Apple Pay Cash using your bank debit card. See Apple’s instructions here. This transfer is instant.
  2. Transfer money from Apple Pay Cash to your FamZoo card. Add your card to Apple Pay as a bank account using its routing and account numbers. See Apple’s instructions here. This transfer takes 1 to 3 business days. Many of our families have reported next business day results.

PayPal

If you have a PayPal account, you can transfer funds from your PayPal balance to your FamZoo card for free in 1 to 3 business days as follows:

  1. Link your FamZoo card to PayPal as a bank account. Before you can make your first transfer, you must link your FamZoo card to PayPal using its routing and account numbers. Follow the instructions here.
  2. Accumulate funds in your PayPal wallet. You must have funds sitting in your PayPal wallet in order to transfer them to your linked FamZoo card account. You can either receive payments from others through PayPal, or add money yourself by following the instructions here.
  3. Transfer money from your PayPal balance to your card. To move funds from your PayPal balance to your linked FamZoo card:
    1. Sign into your PayPal account.
    2. Click on Wallet at the top of the page.
    3. Click on Transfer Money.
    4. Click on the Move money out option.
    5. Specify the amount, select your linked FamZoo card account as the destination, and complete the transfer.

    The money typically takes 1 to 3 business days to appear on your FamZoo card.

Square Cash App

Funds received with the Square Cash App can be transferred to your FamZoo card for free in 1 to 3 business days as follows:

  1. Download the Cash App or visit cash.app and register an account.
  2. Add your FamZoo card as a bank account. Use your card’s routing and account numbers, and follow the instructions here.
  3. Receive money from another Cash App user. See the help entry here.

    Want to send money to yourself? Use this trick: register a second Cash App account under a different email, link it to your bank debit card, and send money to your first Cash App account.

  4. Cash out the received funds to your linked FamZoo account. See the help entry here.

    Tip: turn on the Auto Cash Out setting so that funds are transferred to your linked FamZoo account whenever they are received.