NEW YORK (2/23/09)--An article on a popular AOL website urges consumers to avoid Wal-Mart's "lower-fee" prepaid debit card and check out the cards at credit unions first. The article, written by Zac Bissonnette for on Wallet Pop (Feb. 18), points out that Wal-Mart is slashing the fees on its reloadable pre-paid debit cards. However, consumer advocate Remar Sutton, a former Credit Union Magazine columnist on auto lending and author of Don't Get Taken Every Time, noted that while using the Wal-Mart card is better than check cashing "rip off rates, consumers are still paying a monthly fee to use the card, plus other fees. "Get a free checking account and a free debit card at a credit union before locking yourself into the Wal-Mart card," Sutton told Wallet Pop. "These days, virtually anybody can join a credit union, and virtually all credit unions offer free checking and debit cards."