There are 10 situations where consumers should keep their debit card in their wallet, according to CreditCards.com. periodicals, provides some of the advice.
Most lists warn against letting a credit or debit card out of sight at a restaurant, but restaurants are one of the few places where the consumer must let the card out of sight to use it. Avoiding such situations isn't workable.
Some gas stations and hotels will place holds to cover customers who may leave without settling the entire bill.
That means that even though the consumer bought only $10 in gas, the hotel can have a temporary banking hold for $50 to $100/ The practice isn't as noticeable if paying with a credit card but can be problematic for debit card users with just enough funds in the account to cover the purchase.
Don't use debit cards for:
2. For big-ticket items;
3. When a deposit is required;
4. At restaurants;
5. If you're a new customer;
6. When you buy now and take delivery later;
7. For recurring payments;
8. For future travel;
9. At gas stations and hotels; and
10.When the ATM looks "off."