Checking Basics

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Chapter 1: Types of checking accounts

Checking accounts come in a variety of styles. Some are free, some are not. Some say they are free and are not.

Chapter 2: ABCs of ATMs

Who goes into the bank lobby anymore? ATMs make getting and depositing our cash easier. But are you paying too much for the privilege?

Chapter 3: Fees, fees and more fees

When will “free checking” cost you? It depends on the individual institution and your banking habits.

Chapter 4: Protecting your account

You need to keep some money in your account and balance your checkbook. The bank has responsibilities, too.