Eight Pesky Fees
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Eight Pesky Fees

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A few dollars here, a few there. Complaining about small fees seems petty, and fighting them may take more energy than they're worth. But we encountered some niggling fees that make us see red, and we don't want to pay them anymore.

See which fees we'd like to toss. Start this slide show in the navigation at the bottom.
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Credit Card Usage Fees

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Using your credit card to pay your IRS tab at authorized Web sites, such as www.incometaxpayment.com and www.pay1040.com, triggers a charge of 2.49% on top of your payment.

These vendors are passing along the credit-card processing fee charged by VISA, Master Card, Discover and American Express. All retailers and service companies pay these fees, but do not directly pass on to consumers.
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Paying for the Billing Statement

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Internet service provider EarthLink nicks you $1 a month for receiving paper statements and another buck if you pay by check.

The only way to avoid these fees is to opt for e-statements and electronic payments. Or, find a new provider.
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A Monthly Fee on Gift Cards

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You receive a gift card and decide to save it for a rainy day, only to find out it's no longer worth the original amount.

Chase's Visa Gift Card starts charging a $2.50 monthly fee if you don't use it within the first year (of when it was bought, not when you got it).
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One Call, Two Charges

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What happens if you're traveling or working in an area with poor cell phone reception? You can forward those calls to a land line -- but it may cost you.

Using call forwarding on your Sprint cell phone will cost 20 cents a minute -- in addition to eating up airtime you paid for in your plan. You are essentially paying twice for the phone call.
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The Hidden Fee on a No-Fee Loan

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A home equity line of credit has a higher interest rate than a mortgage loan does but you don't pay points to originate the loan. Or do you?

Chase charges a $50 annual fee for a home-equity line of credit -- a sneaky way to recoup revenue on a "no-fee" loan.
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Airline Baggage Fees

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Many airlines have begun charging customers for checking a second bag, which is annoying. But now there are some that charge for the first one.

Among these are United, American, Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air. For prices see Airline Baggage Policies.
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The Free Checking Account Fee

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When you see the word "free," be sure to read the fine print.

Wachovia Bank charges $5.95 per month to holders of free checking accounts who download their information into personal-finance software programs, such as Microsoft Money and Quicken.
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Paying to Earn Rewards Points

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Buying rewards points can help you get that first-class upgrade, but paying extra money to earn the points in the first place falls under the "rip-off" category.

Alamo charges $2 when you use your car rental to earn frequent flyer points.
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