Many banks are charging fees, as I’ve noted in my two blog posts about Citibank and BofA. Here’s how you can Exercise Your Banking Options, courtesy of Daily Worth.
- You might be able to stay where you are on certain conditions. Find out what this is. You might have to add direct deposit, maintain a minimum balance, or so on. You might be able to ask also.
- Do as I have done, and join a credit union!
- “Consider a pre-paid debit card.” I don’t know if I agree with Daily Worth on this, but then again I’ve never had or even considered a pre-paid debit card.
- “Try an online bank. Ally Bank, PerkStreet Financial, ING Direct, SmartyPig—some newer institutions may offer better deals, and you may not need to leave your current bank to take advantage of a free debit card.”
What are you going to do if your bank starts adding fees?
Also check out Learnvest’s article about all the fees that numerous banks are about to charge, here.
Stay where you are, but get a better deal. Your bank may offer better terms if you link accounts, add direct deposit, or agree to certain minimum balances, says Noreen Perrotta, editor of Consumer Reports Money Adviser. But to get a better deal, you have to ask.
Join a credit union or a small, local bank. Smaller institutions aren’t affected in the same way by new banking regulations, and thus they’re less likely to impose sneaky new fees, says Brian Riley, senior research director at TowerGroup, a financial research and advisory firm.
Consider a pre-paid debit card. There are several types, says Riley: payroll debit cards (offered by an employer), general purpose, refillable cards (like the Green Dot card) and government benefit cards. These can pack fees too, warns Perrotta. Be careful.
Try an online bank. Ally Bank, PerkStreet Financial, ING Direct, SmartyPig—some newer institutions may offer better deals, and you may not need to leave your current bank to take advantage of a free debit card.