If you’ve ever overdrawn your checking account (in other words, you’ve “bounced a check”), you’re more than aware it can be a hassle. And a costly one, at that! Check out these helpful tips to avoid pesky overdraft charges.
It’s incredibly important to always keep track of how much you spend – whether it’s shopping with your debit card, using an ATM or writing checks – to help avoid overspending on your account. An overdrawn account happens when you spend more money than you have in your account, which can result in costly overdraft related fees. We’ve brought together a few of our best tips to help you avoid overspending:
With online and mobile banking, you can regularly check your account balance and transfer funds as needed. You can also set up alerts to let you know when your balance falls below a certain level. When that happens, you’ll know it’s either time to stop spending or to put more money in your account.
Track all payments via spreadsheet, on paper or with daily check-ins to your online account balance(s). That includes spending via check, debit card, ATM or any automatic payments you’ve set up, as well as any monthly account charges. The idea is to balance your expenses with how much money is in your account.
This practice also helps identify any fraudulent or unplanned expenses on your account to keep you the most up to date and in the know.
Having your paycheck deposited directly into your account helps ensure that you know exactly when money will be available, rather than having to remember to go to a branch to deposit a paper check.
Some experts recommend that you keep an extra $100 (or more) in your account with no intent of spending it. That way, if you accidentally overspend, that cushion might save you from an overdraft. The challenge with this practice is actually keeping it in your account.
We’d love for you to stop in and talk to us about the best ways to help track your spending, or about other options to protect yourself and save money. We’re here to help, however we can!
When it comes to maintaining a checking account, be sure to know your overdraft protection options and the fees you could face if you draw more money than is actually in your account.
It’s crucial to keep your accounts in good standing, but what exactly does that mean? Let us help walk you through the importance of making payments on time, not exceeding card limits, spending within your means and more!
1 Gate City Bank will generally make your funds available to spend the same day that we receive a deposit notice from your employer or other payer, up to two days earlier than your scheduled payday. Direct deposit required. Early availability subject to the timing of submission payment file from payer.