Banks are a necessary tool to navigate our daily financial lives. Unfortunately, there are aggravating practices at many banks that drive us crazy or cost us money. Here are five tips to get more out of your bank and pay less.
Remove cash from the right place. Never use an ATM that is not in your bank’s network. In-network cash withdrawals cost nothing at most banks, but withdrawals from someone else’s machine may come with a $3 to $5 fee.
Action: Turn over your ATM or debit card and note the networks on the back of the card, or ask your bank about their network coverage. Only use ATMs within the network. Test a transaction to ensure no fee is included on your statement.
Notify your credit card issuer when traveling. Most credit card-issuing banks now automatically freeze your cards when a suspicious transaction occurs out of state. This freeze often includes foreign website transactions.
Action: Call your credit card issuer when you are going to be traveling. Also, notify them if you wish to order an item from a foreign website. This can alleviate numerous headaches. While some banks may not block out-of-state transactions, you do not want to have a transaction rejected while purchasing something on a trip.
Know your bank’s overdraft rules. Non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks are not only embarrassing, but they are also expensive. Banks make millions on their overdraft fees and automatic loan features when you overdraw your account. Understand your bank’s fees and how they apply your payments.