I’ve been on and off of unemployment (insurance) for the last four years, but last week, I was surprised to find a new debit card in my mailbox instead of the usual biweekly check. California, along with thirty-nine other states, issue pre-paid debit cards to people on unemployment.
At first, I was afraid to use the card because I feared some government bureaucrat judging my purchases. “Hmmm, $4 at Starbucks and $9 at Baja Fresh. This person must not be that in need. Let’s slash his benefits by 50%.”
Well, I went and did some actual research instead of idle conspiracy theorizing, and it turns out that the Lease-a-Visa is INCREDIBLE. California has one of the best systems in the country. I just set up an automatic transfer. As soon as the money hits the account, it’s now gonna bounce over to my Wells Fargo account. I can make a transfer every other week, free of charge.
Stay classy, California.