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Avoiding ATM Fees

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Banks are constantly looking for revenue sources and ATM fees are good for them and bad for the customer. This is a guide about avoiding ATM fees.
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By 3 found this helpful
April 2, 2015

My bank is not close to my home but when I want money, I never pay ATM charges after my banker told me this hint. She said that when I am shopping and using my card, to ask for some cash back. Check with your store first and make sure they do give cash back first. I do this now instead of ever using an ATM that would charge me to take out my own money!

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April 7, 20151 found this helpful

Yes, my bank doesn't charge a fee to use their ATM (I didn't think any charged a fee to use their own atm) but my branch isn't close/convenient to visit each time I want cash since I live rurally.

My banker told me this hint because they don't charge any fee to do this. Good point to ask your particular bank if they do. :-)

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By 2 found this helpful
November 15, 2011

Using your own bank's ATM will save you about $2.00 per transaction. Eliminating just one transaction fee per week will net you approximately $100.00 per year.

By Lynda1972 from Kearny, NJ

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

My bank waves that fee no matter where I use my card.

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August 19, 2008

Did you ever notice how much money you spend when using your Debit Card to get cash out of an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank? I was stunned when my last statement came and the fees associated with using ATM's. Anywhere from $2.25 to $3.00 to use the service. It can literally come to a big chunk of change by the end of the year! Now, I just go to Walgreen's, Dominick's Finer Foods, or any major store and even if you just purchase a pack of gum, you can request cash back. The Walgreen's here in Chi-Town will give you up to $100.00 cash back. You will need to enter your pin, but when you figure the amount you can save, its worth it. I look forward to my next statement where there is no fees for cash back.

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By Louise from Chicago, IL

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November 27, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for the good tip I get tired of these bank charging outrageous fees.

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By 3 found this helpful
May 2, 2011

In some instances, it is smart to shop with cash only, but skip the bank or the ATM if you're withdrawing money. Some banks and ATMS charge service fees - even if it is your choice bank. Instead, use your debit card to purchase small items and get cash back at no charge from a retailer, such as a grocery store or the local big box. This can save you $2 to $5 for each visit you might have taken to the bank or ATM.

By Faylee from Kingsport, TN

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September 8, 20051 found this helpful

Avoid high ATM fees by only using your card at your local bank's ATM machine or you can also use it to get cash back at the store.

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful

What is the least amount of cash back Walgreens will give?

By TT from CA

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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

Most stores' cash registers offer fixed amounts of cash back. I suggest you call a local Walgreens and ask them what their smallest amount is.

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