I'd like to buy things online with PayPal without using my "regular" bank account for security reasons. Heretofore I've handled this with prepaid Visa cards, but it's getting cumbersome to buy new ones, activate them, link them in PayPal, keep track of their current amount, and sometimes have issues for individual cards rendering them unusable.

What other options are there to allow me to give PayPal some limited pool of money (like, $50 as a default) and then add to that as necessary, without linking actual bank accounts or credit cards?

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    "it's getting cumbersome to buy new ones, activate them ..." Are there reloadable cards?
    – RonJohn
    Feb 21, 2021 at 4:56
  • There are but I've not tried to purchase one and use it with PayPal. I did just find this, however (paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/money-management/cash-to-paypal). Should I answer my own question? Feb 22, 2021 at 2:20
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    "Should I answer my own question?" Yup. That's definitely allowed.
    – RonJohn
    Feb 22, 2021 at 2:27

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Looks like Paypal has their own "Cash to PayPal" feature that will allow one to send money to their PayPal account without some intermediate card.

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