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8 signs you're flirting with financial ruin

Regularly paying overdraft fees
Regularly paying overdraft fees © iStock

Regularly paying overdraft fees

If you're constantly incurring fees for overdrawing your checking account, you could be on the brink of financial disaster, says Wayne Blanchard, senior partner at Money Professionals Group in Orlando, Fla.

He compares nonsufficient fund fees, or NSF fees, to the nautical flags raised to warn of dangerous wind conditions.

"If you're getting a lot of NSF notices, that's a hurricane warning flag. It's here," Blanchard says. "That's not a warning, that's a real problem here now."

Regular overdraft fees can occur for a couple of reasons, says Blanchard. Many serial overdrafters are struggling financially and don't have income available to cover their debts, meaning they're likely on the verge of having to declare bankruptcy.

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