Not too long ago, finding a free checking account was easy.
They were plentiful, and there weren’t many fees unless you had overdrafts or some other major account issue.
Now, however, free checking accounts aren’t as easy to find. The ones that are still “free” aren’t exactly free as they are rife with hidden fees.
Now, if you’re not careful, checking accounts can routinely rob you of hundreds of dollars a year.
The Minefield of Checking Account Fees and How to Avoid Them
Trouble Comparing Services
Part of the trouble is that it’s very hard to do an apples to apples comparison of banks’ fees.