Last week, my bank sent out a notice stating that beginning October 1st, they will charge $4 per month just to HAVE an ATM card.
That’s right. Just to HAVE one.
I checked around and discovered that several other banks are getting ready to do the same.
That grinds my gears. I wouldn’t mind it if my $4 went for more tellers (they’ve cut back to only two) or more services (did I mention they’ve started charging for my once-free checking account AND my once-free deposit box?). Instead, I’m paying more for less. And if they charge me for just having an ATM card, what’s next?
So this morning, I marched to the bank, removed everything from my safe deposit box, withdrew my money, closed my accounts, and drove to my local credit union where they won’t charge me $4 per month for an ATM card. In a word, I put my old bank on my Black List.
I vote with my wallet at my local bookstore, too. I buy at least ten romance books a month and sometimes more. Online shopping is sweet, but what will the world be like when there are no more bookstores? I don’t want to know, so I vote, vote, vote with my wallet.
I encourage you to do the same — if you believe in something (a bookstore, a community coffee shop, a local diner), then support it with your wallet. Those are the votes heard loud and clear.
Do you vote with your wallet? What bookstore enjoys your patronage? Are there any businesses on your Black List? Has your bank added an ATM card fee? What grinds your gears?