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SafeBalance Banking® Account

Overview

Safe spending

Spend only what's in your account to help avoid going into overdraft. Transactions will be declined and returned unpaid when you don't have enough money in your account.Footnote1

Predictable monthly maintenance fee

The low monthly maintenance fee will be the same each monthly statement cycle, regardless of your account activity or balance.

Convenient access without checks

SafeBalance Banking® comes with convenient ways to pay individuals or businesses — use a debit card or Online Banking to make purchases, pay bills or pay individuals. You can't use paper checks with this account.

No ATM fee

Enjoy no fee at Bank of America ATMs for deposits, withdrawals, transfers or balance inquiries.
  • Fees

    Monthly Fee

    • You cannot waive the monthly maintenance fee with this account, but you do get a low, predictable monthly fee.
    Required Opening Deposit
    ATM Fees
    • No fee
      at thousands of Bank of America ATMs
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      Non-Bank of America ATMs in the U.S.
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      Non-Bank of America ATMs outside the U.S.

Fees

Monthly Fee Required Opening Deposit ATM Fees

  • You cannot waive the monthly maintenance fee with this account, but you do get a low, predictable monthly fee.
  • No fee
    at thousands of Bank of America ATMs
  • /transaction
    Non-Bank of America ATMs in the U.S.
  • /transaction
    Non-Bank of America ATMs outside the U.S.

View a complete list of fees

We're committed to making your experience with us as easy to understand as possible. View the SafeBalance Banking® Clarity Statement®

Features

Cash back deals with BankAmeriDeals®Footnote2

With BankAmeriDeals, you choose the cash back deals you want right in your Online or Mobile Banking. Pay for your purchases with a Bank of America® debit or credit card and the cash back you earn is automatically credited to your account by the end of the next month. It's that simple.

Build your savings automatically with our Keep the Change® savings programFootnote3

Make everyday purchases with your Bank of America debit card and we'll round up your purchase to the nearest dollar amount. Then we'll transfer the difference from your checking account to your savings account.

  • Features

    Cash back deals with BankAmeriDeals®Footnote2

    With BankAmeriDeals, you choose the cash back deals you want right in your Online or Mobile Banking. Pay for your purchases with a Bank of America® debit or credit card and the cash back you earn is automatically credited to your account by the end of the next month. It's that simple.

    Build your savings automatically with our Keep the Change® savings programFootnote3

    Make everyday purchases with your Bank of America debit card and we'll round up your purchase to the nearest dollar amount. Then we'll transfer the difference from your checking account to your savings account.

  • Security & Benefits

    Fraud monitoring

    Fraud monitoring reviews how and where your card is being used and is designed to help block potential fraud if abnormal patterns are detected.

    Photo Security®

    Placing your photo on the front of your eligible Bank of America personal debit card can help prevent fraud if your card is lost or stolen.

    Debit lock/unlockFootnote4

    Misplaced your debit card and need time to find it? Now you can temporarily lock your debit card right from your Mobile Banking appFootnote5 or through Online Banking to help prevent unauthorized purchases and withdrawals. Then, when you find it, unlocking your debit card is just as easy.

    $0 Liability GuaranteeFootnote6

    $0 Liability Guarantee will credit fraudulent transactions made with your debit card back to your account as soon as the next business day if your card is lost or stolen.

    Mobile check deposit

    Deposit a check using the camera on your smartphone or tablet and the Mobile Banking app.Footnote7 Snap a picture of the front and back of the check, choose your account and amount and send. For your protection, check images are stored securely at the bank and never on your device.

    Chip technologyFootnote8

    Your debit card comes with chip technology which provides enhanced security and protection when making transactions at terminals and ATMs that are chip enabled.View Chip Card FAQs

    TransfersFootnote9

    At Bank of America, you have more options to send money where you need to. Make real-time transfers between your accounts, or securely send money to a person simply using their mobile number or email address.Footnote10

    AlertsFootnote11

    With Bank of America alerts, you can choose to be notified about a change to your account that's important to you. From monitoring your balance, to tracking a deposit, to paying a bill, just choose when and how you want to be notified.

Security & Benefits

Fraud monitoring

Fraud monitoring reviews how and where your card is being used and is designed to help block potential fraud if abnormal patterns are detected.

Mobile check deposit

Deposit a check using the camera on your smartphone or tablet and the Mobile Banking app.Footnote7 Snap a picture of the front and back of the check, choose your account and amount and send. For your protection, check images are stored securely at the bank and never on your device.

Photo Security®

Placing your photo on the front of your eligible Bank of America personal debit card can help prevent fraud if your card is lost or stolen.

Chip technologyFootnote8

Your debit card comes with chip technology which provides enhanced security and protection when making transactions at terminals and ATMs that are chip enabled.View Chip Card FAQs

Debit lock/unlockFootnote4

Misplaced your debit card and need time to find it? Now you can temporarily lock your debit card right from your Mobile Banking appFootnote5 or through Online Banking to help prevent unauthorized purchases and withdrawals. Then, when you find it, unlocking your debit card is just as easy.

TransfersFootnote9

At Bank of America, you have more options to send money where you need to. Make real-time transfers between your accounts, or securely send money to a person simply using their mobile number or email address.Footnote10

$0 Liability GuaranteeFootnote6

$0 Liability Guarantee will credit fraudulent transactions made with your debit card back to your account as soon as the next business day if your card is lost or stolen.

AlertsFootnote11

With Bank of America alerts, you can choose to be notified about a change to your account that's important to you. From monitoring your balance, to tracking a deposit, to paying a bill, just choose when and how you want to be notified.
  • FAQs

    • How does a SafeBalance Banking account help me prevent overdraft fees?

      We do not charge overdraft fees on this account. To help you avoid overdrawing your account, transactions will be declined and returned unpaid when you don't have enough money in your account. However, a merchant or third party could charge you a fee, such as a late payment fee.

      While this account prevents you from overdrawing in most cases, there may still be times when your account could have a negative balance. This could happen if a transaction is approved for one amount, but the actual charge is more than the money in your account. For example, when you use your debit card for a meal and then add a tip. In this situation, the full payment may go through and result in a negative balance on your account, but we will not charge you an overdraft fee.

      For more information about SafeBalance Banking, take a look at the Personal Schedule of Fees for SafeBalance Banking.

    • How do I pay individuals or businesses without writing a check?

      You have many payment options available. Use your debit card or use Online Bill Pay from your computer or mobile device. You can also pay friends, family or coworkers through Online or Mobile Banking, using only their email address or mobile number. You don't need to know their account number or where they bank in the U.S.

      Other options include cashier's checks and money orders, which are available for a fee in our financial centers or a variety of retail providers.

      You should be careful when you give out your account number and routing number to a business for payments from your SafeBalance Banking account. At times, a business may process the payment as a check instead of an electronic transaction through the ACH (Automated Clearing House). Those checks will be rejected and not paid. You may be charged a fee by the business if this happens. If you give anyone your account number and routing number, make sure it is for an electronic ACH transaction only. You may want to ask if the business can use your debit card number instead or pay them through Online Bill Pay.

      If you need to write checks regularly and these alternatives won't work for you, a traditional checking account with check-writing capabilities might be a better choice.

    • How does Online Bill Pay work with a SafeBalance Banking account?

      With Online Bill Pay, you can make one-time or recurring payments to virtually anyone in the U.S. from your computer or mobile device. The money will typically be taken out of your account on a date prior to the payment delivery date. To help prevent overdrafts, if you don't have enough money in your account, the payment will not be made. For more information, please see our Online Banking Service Agreement.

    • Is there a way to avoid the monthly maintenance fee?

      No, you can't avoid the monthly maintenance fee with this account. If you don't want to pay a monthly maintenance fee, consider one of our traditional checking accounts that offer ways to avoid monthly maintenance fees.

    • What else do I need to know about SafeBalance Banking?

      You should know there are many key differences between SafeBalance Banking and our traditional checking accounts. For more information about SafeBalance Banking, take a look at the Personal Schedule of Fees for SafeBalance Banking.

FAQs

  • How does a SafeBalance Banking account help me prevent overdraft fees?

    We do not charge overdraft fees on this account. To help you avoid overdrawing your account, transactions will be declined and returned unpaid when you don't have enough money in your account. However, a merchant or third party could charge you a fee, such as a late payment fee.

    While this account prevents you from overdrawing in most cases, there may still be times when your account could have a negative balance. This could happen if a transaction is approved for one amount, but the actual charge is more than the money in your account. For example, when you use your debit card for a meal and then add a tip. In this situation, the full payment may go through and result in a negative balance on your account, but we will not charge you an overdraft fee.

    For more information about SafeBalance Banking, take a look at the Personal Schedule of Fees for SafeBalance Banking.

  • How do I pay individuals or businesses without writing a check?

    You have many payment options available. Use your debit card or use Online Bill Pay from your computer or mobile device. You can also pay friends, family or coworkers through Online or Mobile Banking, using only their email address or mobile number. You don't need to know their account number or where they bank in the U.S.

    Other options include cashier's checks and money orders, which are available for a fee in our financial centers or a variety of retail providers.

    You should be careful when you give out your account number and routing number to a business for payments from your SafeBalance Banking account. At times, a business may process the payment as a check instead of an electronic transaction through the ACH (Automated Clearing House). Those checks will be rejected and not paid. You may be charged a fee by the business if this happens. If you give anyone your account number and routing number, make sure it is for an electronic ACH transaction only. You may want to ask if the business can use your debit card number instead or pay them through Online Bill Pay.

    If you need to write checks regularly and these alternatives won't work for you, a traditional checking account with check-writing capabilities might be a better choice.

  • How does Online Bill Pay work with a SafeBalance Banking account?

    With Online Bill Pay, you can make one-time or recurring payments to virtually anyone in the U.S. from your computer or mobile device. The money will typically be taken out of your account on a date prior to the payment delivery date. To help prevent overdrafts, if you don't have enough money in your account, the payment will not be made. For more information, please see our Online Banking Service Agreement.

  • Is there a way to avoid the monthly maintenance fee?

    No, you can't avoid the monthly maintenance fee with this account. If you don't want to pay a monthly maintenance fee, consider one of our traditional checking accounts that offer ways to avoid monthly maintenance fees.

  • What else do I need to know about SafeBalance Banking?

    You should know there are many key differences between SafeBalance Banking and our traditional checking accounts. For more information about SafeBalance Banking, take a look at the Personal Schedule of Fees for SafeBalance Banking.

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