I’ve mentioned it numerous times on IYM: Debit cards are a great tool, but they have serious drawbacks, too. And there are some things for which they’re totally unacceptable.
Cue the piece from USA Today:
USA Today: Debit Card Holds Can Derail Travel Plans
Dave Ramsey loves to talk up debit cards, but as the article tells us, there are times (vacations, for one) when you really ought to keep that particular slab of account-zapping plastic tucked in your pocket.
What makes debit cards even worse? Well, as my daily dealings with Joe Q. Public have taught me, there are still a great many folks who have no idea how debit-card daily limits and hold policies actually work. (Though, to be fair, most people also have no idea how their credit-card policies work, either, so why would it be any different for debit cards?)