Tag Archives: bank fees

4 questions to test your bank’s overdraft protection

Fred Williams

Say you are out having dinner with friends when the waiter brings back your debit card, shaking his head and asking if you have some other way to pay.
How embarrassing. What is it worth to avoid the inconvenience of having your transaction declined because your checking account is a bit light? A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spells out how costly it can be; here’s how to tell if your bank’s overdraft protection program is a useful convenience or an expensive trap.
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Emily’s list: Reflections on money in Costa Rica

Emily Crone

I am back from my trip to Costa Rica, and I had a great time despite the fact that I returned to a week of intense jury duty. As I always do when I travel, I enjoyed observing how money is handled differently. From a lack of credit card acceptance to massive coins, things definitely operate differently abroad.

Learn about some of the many differences I observed between the way day-to-day finances are handled in the U.S. versus Costa Rica. Plus, read my roundup below of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!

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