My banking institution is [again...] raising their fees for the second time in 12 months starting March 1st, 2012.
I'm not familiar with the different types of banks in Canada like Credit Unions and how they operate so am looking for some advice on how to choose a bank with reasonable fees given my spending habits.
The bank does offer other types of accounts with higher monthly fees but do have higher transaction limits and can also require a minimum amount in the account at all times to waive the point-of-sale (POS) fees.
- Chequing account Monthly Fee (MF) is almost doubling from $3.95 to $5.95
- Transaction Fees (TF) are increasing from $0.65 to $1.00
The TFs are what hurt me the most because under the most basic plan I am allowed 15 POS transactions per month before the TF sets in. I have trouble working within these limits because I make at least 2 purchases/day such as gas for my 120km commute to work (then home again) plus any other expenses (pets, groceries, etc)
If I use my bank card for all my POS purchases like gas and groceries. My monthly fees can range from $30-60/month but if I instead use cash it is understandably lower @ around $6-10/month.
Recurring bills are handled online.
I try not to carry cash (over $40) due to safety concerns.