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6 ways to avoid pesky overdraft fees

Make manual payments, automatic deposits
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The inability to opt out of overdraft protection on automatic payments is a good reason to keep withdrawals from your account on manual so you can authorize and track each payment.

"If pre-authorized routine payments are knocking you in the red, another way to handle that is to be the initiator of when each payment gets made," Fox says.

Automatic payments are especially risky if you forget to record them in your check register because each time a payment goes through unnoticed, you might not have enough money in your checking account to cover the next withdrawal.

The opposite is true for direct-deposited funds such as paychecks. These items typically are available immediately while paper checks usually are put on hold for a while. Direct deposits can help you ensure you always have enough money in your account to avoid overdrafts.


 

 

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