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5 costly service fees and how to buck them

Pay your bill by snail mail
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Pay your bill by snail mail

Companies send out all kinds of notices saying you'll save money and the environment by paying bills online and forgoing paper snail-mail bills. You may save on stamps, but some of those companies then turn around and charge an online fee.

Flowers-Latorre says she pays about a $2.95 monthly service fee to pay her utilities bill online and a $7 fee to make quarterly payments online for her car and home insurance.

How can you avoid such fees? You can buy a stamp and mail your payment.


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