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How to Avoid Paying 21 Annoying Fees

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Everyone has a story about an outrageous fee triggered by an otherwise ordinary transaction. Perhaps you arrived at the airport only to learn that your carry-on bag was too big—and were forced to pay $100 to check it. Or you inadvertently overdrew your checking account by a few dollars and got dinged $35 by your bank. Or maybe you were on a beach vacation and your hotel tacked on a "resort fee" of up to $50 per night to cover "amenities."

You can't avoid all such fees, but you can sidestep plenty of them with some foresight. Use these tips to keep hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars in your pocket.

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