Avoiding ATM Fees

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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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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.

By Louise from Chicago, IL

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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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In some instances, it is smart to shop with cash only, but skip the bank or the ATM if you're withdrawing money. Instead, use your debit card to purchase small items and get cash back at no charge.

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September 8, 2005

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, 2013

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

By TT from CA


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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