Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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While ATM fees are common today, banks did not always charge such fees. When banks first began providing ATMs, customers were leery of using them for their banking transactions, so in order to help customers overcome their skepticism, banks did not charge customers any fees for using ATMs. Over time, as ATMs became more popular, banks began charging a variety of fees, such as a fee for each use of an ATM or fees for exceeding a bank’s monthly limit of ATM transactions. Some banks have reduced the amount of fees they charge their own customers for ATM use, but others continue to do so. If your bank charges ATM fees for using its machines, you can avoid some fees by shopping around to find a bank that does not charge customers for using its ATMs. Also, when using your debit card to make a purchase, you can ask for cash back. This type of transaction usually has no fee, so you can get your cash free of charge.