An overdraft fee occurs when you try to spend more money than you have available in your checking account. Rather than denying the transaction, the bank will allow the purchase by advancing the funds to cover the purchase, with a nominal charge to your account.
Overdraft fees can involve check, ACH or debit card transactions. Some banks will occasionally forgive an overdraft fee to help you cover other essential expenses from your account. However, it’s best to review your bank’s account agreements to understand the policy on handling overdrafts.
When it comes to protecting yourself from overdraft fees, you have two main options – connecting your Gate City Bank checking account with your savings account or adding a reserve line of credit to provide extra peace of mind:
The best way to prevent overdraft fees is to know your daily balance, manage your monthly budget and try not to spend more money than you have available, but mistakes do happen. Learn more about some habits you can adopt to avoid surprise overdraft fees.
To set up your savings link, give us call at 701-293-2400 or 800-423-3344, or stop by any of our convenient locations. We’ll be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have!
The best fit for you will depend on your individual needs. You could utilize our helpful calculator to assist your decision, or a member of our lending team can explain the features and benefits of both programs to help you decide!
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