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Save $144 by not using your credit card to get cash out | Dollar Saver tip #68

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Save: up to $144

Tip overview:

If you've ever used your credit card to get cash out at an ATM, you've made what's known as a cash advance.

Unlike purchases, cash advance transactions attract a fee worth around 3%. And you're charged interest straight away.

But Australians still make around $400 million worth of cash advances on their credit cards each month.

Finder analysis shows that this works out to around $400 per card – and $12 in fees – every month.

Those fees add up to $144 per year, not including interest.

Did you know?

Credit cards typically have a higher interest rate for cash advances – the highest rate is currently 29.99% p.a.

Both the interest rate and cash advance fee can vary depending on the credit card.

So can the definition of a cash advance, which means sometimes you could pay these costs without realising it.

You also don't earn points on cash advances.

So it's worth checking the terms and conditions or contacting your credit card company to find out what's counted as a cash advance.

And by avoiding cash advances entirely you'll save on average $144 in a year.

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