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12 Annoying Fees That Are Easy to Avoid

Bob Vila Logo By Andréana Lefton of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 13: Hidden fees are everywhere. Many vital services find ways of tacking on little additions to your bill that may seem innocuous but really add up, and are often unnecessary. Your best defenses against these charges are awareness, self-advocacy, and attention to the fine print. Be proactive: If you inquire beforehand about a potential charge, you may find that the company is willing to waive it. Once you’ve paid a bill, it can be much harder to get a refund, although it’s not impossible if you’re persistent. These pesky fees are omnipresent, but they're avoidable—as long as you’re paying attention.

Every Dollar Counts

Hidden fees are everywhere. Many vital services find ways of tacking on little additions to your bill that may seem innocuous but really add up, and are often unnecessary. Your best defenses against these charges are awareness, self-advocacy, and attention to the fine print. Be proactive: If you inquire beforehand about a potential charge, you may find that the company is willing to waive it. Once you’ve paid a bill, it can be much harder to get a refund, although it’s not impossible if you’re persistent. These pesky fees are omnipresent, but they're avoidable—as long as you’re paying attention.

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