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A customer is slapped with fees when they use an ATM that's not owned by their bank, and those fees jumped 5% in the past year, according to Bankrate.
On average, a customer is charged a total of $4.35 for each transaction.
People are getting smarter and avoiding out-of-network ATMs as much as they can, said Bankrate's chief financial analyst Greg McBride. But that's part of the problem. Banks are hiking fees to make up for the loss.
In the past five years, ATM fees have skyrocketed 23%,
And overdraft fees are on the rise for the 16th year in a row, according to the survey of 10 major U.S. banks. On average customers get hit with a $32.74 charge every time they try to withdraw more money than they have in the bank.
Hefty bank fees will probably always be a reality. But the good news, McBride said, is that both "ATM fees and overdraft charges can be avoided completely."
Living beyond your means damages relationships, self-esteem, credit scores and is outright, fraudulent. The fact that governments operate beyond their means doesn't mean you and I should. We have all known people who lived a life they cannot afford, on credit they can not repay and then end up in financial ruin and embarrassment.
Here are some easy ways to identify if someone is living beyond their means:
Must Buy Designer, Think a Low-Paying Job is Below Your Status, Pay Someone Else to Do Menial Jobs, $100 Tennis Shoes & Food Stamps, Exceeded Your Credit Limit, Paid Overdraft Fees in the Last 12 Months, Stretching Term to Afford Car Payments, Vacationing on Credit, House Payment is Only Affordable on 30-year Term, Savings Won't Last 12 Months.
Says things like, "If so and so can do it I should be able to"; or "everyone else uses credit cards"; or "I deserve it - I work so hard"; or "this is what I work for"; or "we are already so far in debt, what's a little more."
When a person doesn't know the signs they are living beyond their means they are probably already living beyond their means. Practice discipline in finances and when you want to splurge, don't put it on credit. Instead go out and create the income to pay for it without damaging your credit score or spending money you don't have. A wise man once said, "those that refuse to practice discipline in their own life will always be disciplined by life!"
5 sneaky bank fees and how to catch them
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Atm fees are out of control.
LOS ANGELES —
The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.
The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed to a new high of $4.35 per transaction, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate.com. That figure includes $2.77 that banks charge non-customers and $1.58 that banks levy against their own customers for using an outside ATM.
Overdraft fees also surged, rising on average over the past 12 months to $32.74. That's the 16th consecutive record high, the firm said.
Checking account fees have been increasing as lenders adjust to federal banking laws and regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. Among the changes: limits on when banks can charge overdraft fees on ATM and debit card transactions and a reduction in the fees that banks charge merchants for each customer who uses credit or debit cards for their purchase. Plus Live call to get Brian admmited in Bellevue hospital
How would you feel if your family were a pawn in another’s plan to get rich?
Banks changed the tone of their advertising in the late 1990s. The subliminal message of the new slogans:
Spend beyond your means!
• “Live Richly” — said Citibank
• “What’s in your wallet?” — said Capital One
• “Is your mortgage squeezing your wallet? Squeeze back.” — said Bank of America
• Banks have an inherent incentive to give borrowers more credit than they are able to afford.
• This results in: – Interest charges – Late payment penalties – Overdraft fees
– Missed payments — resulting in higher APR%
Consumers want to get out of debt, but they need a plan.
Let's stop the cycle and build Americans a sound financial house.
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Overdraft protection is a financial product that has fans and foes. For our listeners who may be unfamiliar with the product, overdraft protection, or courtesy pay as it’s referred to by some credit unions, is a service that covers what is, in effect, a bad check.
Overdraft programs, if used correctly, help resolve consumers’ short-term financial problems, but it is not a loan.
If you’ve ever bounced a check, you know how expensive that can be. Most merchants will charge a non-sufficient fund fee upwards of $30 per incident. On top of that, the financial institution will also charge you the over drawn fee (or NSF).
With overdraft protection, transaction fees vary by institution, but typically range anywhere from $25-$35, saving consumers both the fee from merchants for an insufficient funds check and the NSF from the financial institution. For many people who get cash strapped by unforeseen expenses, the alternative to overdraft protection is predatory lenders.
Join host Dick Ensweiler and special guest Carolyn Jordan, senior vice president at Neighborhood Credit Union in Dallas, for this thought-provoking discussion about a product hailed by some as a lifesaver, and opposed by others. The duo will also get to the root of the issue, and that is financial literacy, or the lack thereof.
Some institutions get more hate than they deserve. Most lawyers and police officers are just doing their jobs, and most businesses really are simply trying to make a profit. But banks ... well, banks make it really hard to defend them. They are the middleman in every transaction (you simply can't function in modern society keeping your cash in a coffee can buried in your yard). Banks exploit their positions in the shadiest ways imaginable. We take a moment to examine some of the perfectly legal ways these guys rip off unknowing Americans on a daily basis.
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God, Money and Your Color Therapy Business
Presentor: Moira Bush
The relationship between our spiritual self that wants to serve humanity and the part of us that handles our money and ensures we survive is out of balance. How do we live and work doing what we love with colour therapy and, at the same time, earn the income that is needed to meet all our bills? What if we desire more than "just enough" to pay the bills? How can we shift from constantly creating poverty and living in debt, to creating financial freedom?
Moira has been running her colour business in overdraft for 10 years--at one point, she was £30,000 in debit with credit cards! During this talk, Moira (who is no longer in debt or overdraft) will share some of the steps she took, using spiritual principles to let go of a poverty mind-set and claim our God-given gift--prosperity consciousness!
Moira Bush was born in South Africa and immigrated to England in 2002, where she works as a Colour Mirrors business partner with founder Melissie Jolly. Moira is a colour psychologist, spiritual teacher, founder of the Silver Spheres Healing system and author of the Colour Mirrors Oracle Cards.
On this program: President Obama addresses income inequality, US economy grew in the 3rd quarter, 30th Anniversay of the Music Video Thiller, US shoppers off to the races, Regional Bank Settles Overdraft Issue for $2.5M, NBA Rookie saves his salary for 3 years, Google is Secretly Funding the Rightwing, this week in court and much more.
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The Rights Radio Self Help Hour features outrageous bank overdraft fees. Consumers are being raked over the coals by overdraft rates and by the reordering of debits to increase fees.
Rights Radio financial guru Joe Stallard joins me is identifying ways to prevent or reduce these fees.
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