How to buy food online with a PayPal account

Updated March 21, 2017

PayPal is an online financial service that allows you to make fee-free online purchases, send money to anyone with an e-mail address, and receive payments from others all without having to share your personal financial information. If you plan to use your account to make online food purchases PayPal offers you several different payment alternatives.

PayPal Debit Card

The easiest way to make a food purchase online is by using your PayPal debit card. You can apply for the card after you open your initial PayPal account. The card works just like any bank debit card and allows you to make fee-free purchases online and cash withdrawals at most ATM's.

Using Funds in Your PayPal Account

Many online food merchants accept PayPal as a form of payment. When you are done making your purchase, simply choose PayPal at checkout, log into your account, choose to pay using funds in your PayPal account, confirm your purchase, and you're done.

Using PayPal To Access Funds From Other Sources

When you initially set up your PayPal account, you have the option to link the account to your regular checking, savings or credit card account. If you want to use one of these account to pay for food purchases online, simply choose PayPal at checkout, log into your account, select the account you wish to use for payment, and confirm your purchase.

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Michelle Cagle began writing in 1994 and has had articles published on various websites. She writes primarily about educational issues, society and cultural issues, and home and family issues. She received her Master of Education from Oklahoma State University and her Bachelor of Education from Northeastern State University.