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Overdraft Protection – Peace of Mind

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As I have gotten on better footing financially, I have built a couple of savings accounts, been able to pay all my bills on time and stopped worrying about checks bouncing. But I recently discovered the peace of mind setting up overdraft protection can give you.

I wrote about forgetting to pay my utility bill last month. While I was looking around my bank account at that time, I found the settings for overdraft protection.

At first I set it to my credit card, that is with the same bank, but as I thought about it, I didn’t want to risk an unexpected charge that is counted as a cash advance. So I set up a separate savings account and put $500 in it and set it up as my overdraft protection.

Little did I know that I would forget a bill, I actually paid and need my overdraft protection. Thankfully there is no charge for using this service. Because to cover all the bills I scheduled, I over-drafted my daily checking account by $150.

Talk about a feeling of security!!!

It feels good to no longer worry about bouncing checks or robbing peter to pay paul and so on. I was able to immediately repay my overdraft account and am so grateful for the peace of mind this service gives me. And I think it might be the second most power psychological boost after having a decent savings account available.


2 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth S. |

    I remember the satisfaction of experiencing the very same thing, and it was just a few weeks ago. I misread the amount in my checking account for the amount available including overdraft. I paid a bunch of bills, realized immediately that I was a few bucks in the negative, and then acknowledged happily that this wouldn’t cost me anything. I transferred some funds and moved on. Way to go!

  • Reply Emily N. |

    That’s great that you don’t have to worry about checks bouncing, but I’m a bit confused as to how this is better than just keeping an extra $500 in your regular bank account in the first place. Maybe I’m missing something, but it sounds like you’re just making things more complicated than they need to be.

So, what do you think ?