It's a bad, bad feeling when you know you've been had. Typically it's a term you didn't realize you agreed to or a limit you unknowingly went over. But paying sneaky fees is frustrating. Read on for ways to protect yourself against paying stupid tax.
Monitor Your Cell Phone Service
Blindly paying your bill could mean you're forking over more funds than you need to. For instance, if your cell phone plan only includes 200 texts a month and you're consistently surpassing that number, upping your limit could only set you back $5.
Fill the Tank on the Rental Car
Many car rental companies try to tack on extra fees if you don't return your ride with a full tank of fuel. Make sure you know exactly what's required before handing the keys back over. It'll be much cheaper to just buy the gas rather than get hit with the fees.
Step Away from the Mini Bar
You may be craving that candy bar, but is it really worth the price of a gallon of gas? Typically it's hard to figure out the price list of those mini bar snacks, so just avoid the temptation and bring your own.
In an attempt to regain financial altitude, airlines are passing on fees to flyers. Read the fine print and just to be safe—pack lightly. Chances are you could be charged for overweight bags or having more than one.
Pay On Time
I'm not saying your bank or credit card company is waiting for you to screw up, but sometimes it feels that way. As soon as your payment is just a teeny tiny bit late they can slap you with penalty fees faster than Venus Williams can return a serve. Avoid these pesky charges by paying promptly.
Using your debit card when the checking account holds exactly $.43 is not a good idea — especially if your bank loves handing out overdraft fees. Avoid this semi-embarrassing circumstance by keeping close tabs on your account, spending wisely and knowing what's in store if you do happen to make a mistake.
By Alison Storm
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Military service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices while protecting and serving our country. And although one day of honoring this service is in no way enough, we'd like to take this time to say "thank you" for all you do or did by gathering a collection of Memorial Day Freebies & Deals all in one place to make them easy to take advantage of. And again, thank you!
Applebees - Military members get $5 meals with military ID all day on 05/25/2015. Alternately, save 15% off an entire food purchase. Offers not combinable.
Colonial Williamsburg - Free admission to military members & dependents through 05/25/2015.
Home Depot - Veterans and active duty military receive 10% off through 05/25/2015. ID required.
Hooters - Military personnel, veterans & spouces can get 10 free boneless wings on Memorial Day w/ID.
Kings Island - Free admission for all military members and the ability to purchase up to six tickets for friends and family for just $29.99 at the front gate. Valid until 05/25/2015 and 07/03/2015 - and 07/05/2015.
Knott's Berry Farm - Free admission for all service members and up to six discounted tickets through 05/25/2015.
Lowe's - 10% off for military, their families & all veteras w/ID.
Red Robin - All veterans, retired, active duty & military spouses get free appetizer w/any $10 or more purchase through 05/25/2015. Must be a Red Robin Royalty member - join now, it's free.
Rack Room Shoes - 10% off purchases for mlitary members 7 dependents on 05/25/2015.
Sam's Club - Free $15 gift card & 3 free products (rotisserie chicken, Five Chees Macaroni & cookies) for active and retired military w/a Sam's Club membership or renewal. Offer good through 05/31/2015.
Shoney's - Free All-American burgers to active duty & military veterans on 05/25/2015. ID required.
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