Which? Magazine stirred up the old debate about free banking yesterday, by publishing a report which shattered the image of free banking being free.
They asked over 2,000 consumers how they felt about banks and more than 60% of those surveyed said they had paid a bank charge that they thought was "unfair, hidden or disproportionate".
They continued to push the point by saying that overdraft fees were massively punitive with some banks charged up to £900 a year for being overdrawn for just a couple of days a month.
Mwah, mwah, mwah.
I was commenting about this on one radio show where they had a case study of a man who had gone overdrawn by just 45 pence and ended up with charges running to almost £100 as a result.
Boo, hoo, hoo.
Another chap was saying he was rubbish with money and didn’t know when he was going overdrawn and how much it would cost.
GET THE BANK’S MOBILE APP, SMS TEXT ALERTS AND REGULARLY CHECK YOUR BALANCE ONLINE IF YOU’RE THAT RUBBISH WITH MONEY.
Jeez, I can’t stand all these moaning mingers in Britain who just whine on and on about how bad banks are when they’re getting a ‘free service’.
Now there is a big debate brewing in the UK that says banks will need to charge for accounts and free banking will end, but the real point is that we all know nothing is free.
If you have a bank account in the UK, you know that you get zero interest on credit balances because that funds your account.
If you have a bank account in the UK, you know that you get stung with charges if you go overdrawn because your account is set up not to go overdrawn.
If you want flexibility in your account so you can go overdrawn regularly, then pay for it.
So stop crying about bank charges and get on with life.
p.s. it would be nice to have a little transparency over charges however, and perhaps a little more warning about what fees you pay.
p.p.s. note that back in May, the Bank of England made noises about regulating to end ‘free banking’, so it’s going to disappear anyway.