Account maintenance fees climbing
As if it's not enough that more banks are charging maintenance fees for checking accounts, those maintenance fees also are rapidly rising. In Bankrate's annual survey, the average account maintenance fee rose from $2.49 last year to $4.37 this year.
Tip: With so much change going on with checking, watch your statement for new fees such as "account maintenance fees" or "monthly service fees," McBride said. He added: "Monthly fees and balance requirements are very much in flux, and those are the type of changes that you really need to have an eye on."