At the rate above, if you withdraw money just once a week from an out-of-network ATM, you’d end up paying $241.28 in a year!
3 Ways to Avoid ATM Fees
With a little forethought, you can find ways to sidestep those ATM fees and keep more of your money. Here are some ways to avoid ATM fees.
1. Join a Fee-Free Bank
Clark says one way to steer clear of ATM fees is to open accounts with banks that eat the fees for you or give you a certain number of free withdrawals.
"A couple of examples are USAA and Charles Schwab," Clark says. "Plus, many of the credit unions that have large co-op networks offer free ATMs."
2. Withdraw at Your Local Supermarket
“Many supermarkets will give you up to $200 at the register, fee-free,” Clark says. This also helps the stores, because it cuts down the amount of cash they have to process at the end of each day.
For example, Sam's Club allows you to get up to $100 cash back when you check out.
3. Download an ATM Locator App
One of the most convenient ways to avoid fees is to use an app to find fee-free ATMs.
There are several such apps available in the App Store and Google Play that show you only surcharge-free networks. Here are a few:
The easiest way to avoid ATM fees is to stay within your bank’s network, but that isn’t always possible. Most banks’ websites have lists of their branches and ATM locations. You can also Google that information.
If you’ve got some time to plan, look into credit unions and smaller banks reimburse your ATM fees.
Want to learn more about getting access to your money for free? Here's how to find a free ATM near you.
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