If you only have bank accounts attached to your PayPal account, the merchant often requires the payment to clear before sending goods or service. This clearing period is three to four business days. So to circumvent this wasted time, here are two quick methods to fund your PayPal account in minutes with cash.
1. PayPal My Cash Card: This is a great option for funding your PayPal account almost instantly with cash. Visit any Walgreens, CVS, 7-Eleven and more stores (full list here). It can be found at the card wall at any of these stores. The card has a $3.95 charge, and can be loaded up to $500 per day and $4,000 a month.
a: Present your desired cash amount to the cashier, and it is loaded on the card.
b: Visit paypal.com/cash and log into your PayPal account. Once logged in, click “Load Funds Now.”
note: If you have not already provided certain information to PayPal, you will have to do so in order to use this. They will need your name, address, date of birth and Social Security Number. This is a one time verification, and all subsequent top-ups are automatic.
c. Scratch off the back of the card to reveal a 10-digit PIN. Enter PIN into the field and click “Apply Load to Your PayPal Account.” Complete.
2. GreenDot MoneyPak: MoneyPak is offered by a third-party in partnership with PayPal. The card may be obtained at CVS, Walmart and a number of stores (full list here). It can be found on the card wall, and costs $4.95.
a. Visit moneypak.com,
b. Hover over “About MoneyPak,” and click “Add Money to PayPal.”
c. Click on “Add Money Now.”
d. It takes you to PayPal’s website, where you log in.
e. Scratch the back of the card to reveal a PIN number. Enter it into the “MoneyPak Number” field. Click “Continue.”
f. Submit requested personal information (one time activity). Click Continue, and get a completion confirmation.
Tip: The MoneyPak website may not respond properly to some browsers and take you in an unending loop during the PayPal log in stage. This only happens sparingly, but if you ever experience it, try a different browser (I was given this useful tip by one of their agents after many calls to them about it).
“PayPal Cash- How It Works” – PayPal.
“About MoneyPak” – MoneyPak.