Did you know there are at least three easy ways to avoid the surcharge fees you’re usually charged when using an ATM owned by another financial institution?
- Ask for Cash Back at the Grocery Store
Use your Provident Credit Union Visa Check Card or ATM Card at checkout to purchase any item you need or want, even something as small as a pack of gum or a bottle of soda (some merchants do have a minimum purchase requirement). Use the “debit” or “ATM” option, and you can request cash back without being charged a fee. You’ll also need to enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) when using this option.
If you’re using a Visa Check Card and don’t need cash back, Provident Credit Union asks that you choose the “credit” option. The funds will still be debited from your checking account at the time of purchase, but by choosing the credit option, you’ll save Provident money by reducing the fees we are charged by the merchant. By helping Provident save money, you and our other members will save, too.
- Use Our Surcharge-Free ATM Networks
You can also avoid surcharges by using Provident Credit Union ATMs and ATMs displaying a CO-OP Network logo (often found at other credit unions, and now at over 5,000 7-Eleven stores throughout the country).
There are over 28,000 CO-OP ATMs worldwide, but if that's not enough, you can get the same deal at MoneyPass ATMs (over 22,000 nationwide) and Alliance One ATMs (over 4,900 nationwide). So you are sure to find something close by.
- Use Provident Checking Accounts with Rebates
Want to avoid all ATM fees at any nationwide ATM? You can if you have a Provident Credit Union Super Reward Checking account. This account has high yield dividends with no monthly fees, plus ATM surcharge rebates on third-party surcharges — up to $12 per month — at any national ATM.
To get these benefits with Super Reward Checking, you must meet some minimal monthly requirements including making purchases of $300 or more per month using a Provident debit and/or credit card, having a monthly direct deposit or automatic debit/credit post to the account, and maintaining enrollment in e-Documents (electronic statements and notices). See Super Reward Checking account description for details.
By the way, if your finances are tight, you might consider a self-imposed limit on the number of ATM withdrawals you make (to, say, one per week). This will not only limit the amount of fees you might otherwise end up paying in a crunch, but will help you in planning your expenditures and budgeting your money. Remember: the fewer expenses you use cash for, the easier it will be to see where all your money is going. For more budget help, be sure to check out 3 Steps to a Balanced Budget and Balance Your Budget Interactive Worksheet in our Visa Resources section.