Debit card overdrafts are now the biggest source of revenue for banks. The danger with debit cards is twofold: One, the transactions hit your account instantly and two, very few people keep track of their debit card transactions in a check register.
Debit cards are convenient and fast. We use them for everything from buying $200 worth of groceries to $1.50 take-out coffee. The problem is that we aren’t notified at check-out if our account is overdrawn like we would be if we had maxed out a credit card. And overdraft fees are expensive – approximately $30 per transaction. Some people have found themselves with $60 – $1,00 in overdraft fees in a single day because they continued to use their debit card while their account was overdrawn.
Please, take a moment to record your debit card purchases. Remember, too, that debit cards hit your account instantly but deposits don’t. If you deposit a check and use your debit card on the same day, the debit card transactions will hit your account before your deposit clears.