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By: Alice Bryant Posted: Aug 15, 2014
Although it may seem obvious to avoid overdraft fees, many people overcharge their credit card and end up paying for it. One time might be okay, but these charges add up fast. And if you are consistently forgetting, you’ll end up spending a lot of money on overdraft fees.    A research report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that consumers who are...

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