How to Minimise or Eliminate Your Bank Charges

If you blindly go about your regular banking exploits then you might be missing out on a unique opportunity to get some up-close-and-personal financial education that can later be used in your favour, in much bigger transactions. At the very least consider how banking fees can often pop up as unnecessary expenses, adding up considerably if you don’t actively work towards minimising them.

Regardless of which ATM you choose to use, several banks offer free checking accounts for offline ATMs at no charge. Most banks will waive out-of-network fees at ATMs for customers who maintain large balances in higher-tier checking or savings accounts.

For example, AIB will waive fees for clients who can hold €2,500 on deposit at any time, the Bank of Ireland will waive transaction fees (but not the €20 annual maintenance fee) for clients who have €3,000 on deposit, KBC will provide commissions for clients who maintain a minimum balance of €2,000 per quarter, and Ulster Bank will waive commissions for clients who deposit €2,500 each month. Starting next month, Bank of America will waive fees for insufficient funds, such as when a check is rejected, and prevent customers from overflowing their ATM accounts. Bank of America will also stop charging an insufficient funds fee, which is charged when it rejects a transaction, more commonly known as check bounce.

Bank of America has reduced the amount it charges customers when they spend more than they have in their customer accounts they hold, and plans to eliminate checkback fees entirely. JPMorgan has waived fees on bounced checks and allowed customers to exceed their accounts by $50 before transactions are written off. Bank of America will no longer allow customers to overdraft their ATM accounts and will eliminate the $12 fee charged to customers when the bank automatically transfers money from one account to another to avoid an overdraft, often by transferring money from a long-term savings account to primary control of clients.

By contrast, Bank of America reduced overdraft fees to $10 and eliminated fees charged to customers for transfers using the bank’s overdraft protection service. Late last year, Capital One said it would stop debiting accounts due to insufficient funds to cover them, and JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, said it would give customers more leeway before charging customers.

There are also banks that offer low-fee accounts with no overdraft or NSF fees, such as Bank On certified accounts. Banks may charge a monthly service fee, also called service fee, ATM fee, check printing fee, and commission. They may also charge insufficient funds fees and overdraft fees, which occur when people do not have enough money in their checking accounts to cover a transaction. Installation and maintenance of ATMs are paid by banks, transferring money between them, remuneration of employees, deposit insurance, provision of various services, guarantee that customers do not launder money, and so on. But it’s hard not to wonder if they’re not in the least bit fair, are a bit aggressive, or whether or not the fees charged are always in line with their costs.

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