6. Foreign transaction fees
: This is a fee charged on credit card purchases processed outside the United States; for example, when you use your card in Europe, or to buy something from a non-U.S. company. Banks that charge them typically collect 3 percent of every transaction. The implication of this insulting fee is that it’s related to the intricacies of currency conversion. But courts have decided these fees are nearly pure profit: money for nothing. Workaround
: If there’s any chance you’ll be making purchases outside the United States, use a card that doesn’t charge this fee. There are plenty to choose from: See Overseas With No Credit Card Fees
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