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What is the difference between overdraft fees and NSF fees?

Overdrafts occur when a transaction is paid even though you do not have an adequate balance to cover a transaction presented. At Gate City Bank, a fee is incurred for this type of transaction.

Non-sufficient funds (NSF) refers to when a transaction is declined or returned because you do not have an adequate balance to cover a transaction presented. At Gate City Bank, there is no fee for this type of transaction.

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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:

  • Savings Link: Link your savings as a back-up to your checking account. This service will automatically transfer funds from your Gate City Bank savings account to cover any transactions that may otherwise result in an overdraft fee. It comes with a cost of $5 per automated transfer.
  • Checking Reserve Line of Credit: With a checking reserve line of credit, you pay finance charges on the amount you borrow in addition to an annual fee. You can even use the line of credit to cover short-term cash needs! Access the application here. Gate City Bank’s checking reserve line of credit amounts include a $1,000 minimum and $5,000 maximum. Other key factors:
    • Revolving, no maturity
    • 18% APR1 (annual percentage rate)
    • $35 annual fee

Learn more about helpful hints and habits to avoid overdrafts or check out our BankOn checking account for even more ways to steer clear of overdraft fees.

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!

Speak with one of our helpful lenders to learn more about a checking reserve line of credit. They’ll be happy to assist you with the application process!

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.

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