While banks rack up billions of dollars a year in overdraft fees, upstart financial app Chime has soared to over 13 million accountholders thanks to checking accounts that offer fee-free overdrafts and early access to your paycheck. Here’s how Chime SpotMe works – and how you can use it overdraft extra cash at ATMs or on debit card purchases fee-free.
What is Chime SpotMe?
Chime is a financial app that helps you easily and conveniently manage and access your money through your phone and with a Chime debit card. Chime offers a host of features that help you boost your savings, build your credit and get cash when you need it. On of Chime’s top features is SpotMe®, which lets you access up to $200 from an ATM or by making purchases on your debit card without charging a fee. In fact, Chime has advanced over $7 billion to its customers since 2018!
Chime was founded in 2012 in San Francisco with a mission to help slash the fees the consumers consumers pay to manage their own money. It’s part of a new generation of ‘neobank’ financial apps, like Dave and Brigit, that are upending the rigid, high-fee world of traditional banking. While some transactions and services do incur (low and clearly disclosed) fees, Chime proudly offers a list of services that it offers at now charge
- No annual fees
- No foreign transaction fees
- No memberships fees
- No services fees
- No monthly fees
- No minimum balance requirements
How does Chime SpotMe work?
Once you’re set up with SpotMe, you can overdraft Chime by $20 right away and that amount can grow to up to $200, based on your account activity and history. SpotMe lets you overdraft your account via debit card purchases or ATM withdrawals with no overdraft fees.
There is no cost to enroll in SpotMe, and once you set up your account to receive a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more a month, Chime will cover up to $200 in overdrafts on your account – without charging you overdraft fees!
Let’s take a look at how SpotMe can help you access quick cash without paying sky-high fees, even when you account balance is negative:
You visit your favorite neighborhood restaurant for dinner, which costs $65, but you only have $50 in your checking account. With most banks, if you use your debt card to pay for that meal you’ll instantly charged an overdraft fee of $35 or more, turning that quick meal out into a $100 affair! (Even worse, your bank could unexpectedly decline the charge leaving you in a tough and embarrassing situation!)
But if you’ve set up SpotMe (and have your paycheck regularly deposited into your account) you can pay with your Chime debit card, knowing that the $15 overdraft will be covered with no fee to you. The next time you make a deposit to your Chime account, your $15 negative balance will be cleared automatically and you can again access your full cash advance limit.
While there is no fee for using SpotMe, Chime will ask if you’d like to leave a tip once you repay your negative balance. Chime claims that tips help it offer cash advances via SpotMe to more customers, but leaving a tip is completely optional and it won’t affect your eligibility for future overdraft advances. Chime is preparing to go public in 2022, with the company expected to be worth up to $45 billion – our recommendation is that they’ll be fine without your tip!)
It’s important to note that SpotMe only covers debit card purchases and ATM cash withdrawals. SpotMe isn’t available for person-to-person transfers, ACH transfers (including other payment apps like Dave, Venmo or Square Cash), or Chime Checkbook transactions.
While SpotMe doesn’t have high overdraft limits, it will show you how much you can access for purchases or ATM withdrawals right in the app to help you avoid fees, as well as those embarrassing moments when your transactions are declined. You can access $20 in overdrafts right away (which can help you avoid those frustrating fees banks charge you for being overdrawn by just a few dollars) and you can grow your limit to up to $200 simply by using your Chime account.
The best part is that the sign up process is really quick and easy (less than 2 minutes). Click here to check it out.
How to overdraft your Chime debit card on purpose
You can use your Chime debit card to make up to $200 in purchases with an overdrawn account balance.
SpotMe makes it easy to access extra cash for purchases. Once you open your account, you’ll receive a Chime Visa® Debit Card that you can use to make purchases, withdraw cash from an ATM and access extra cash when you overdraft your account. Whether you’re shopping at a local store or restaurant, or online, accessing some extra cash via SpotMe is as simple as using your card – no application or pre-authorization is required.
You can use your Chime card to make purchases at millions of merchants that accept Visa, both in-person or online. Plus, you’ll get the unrivaled security and fraud protection that Visa is famous for including $0 liability for unauthorized charges if your card is lost or stolen and continuous fraud monitoring.
With SpotMe, you can view your available overdraft limit at any time right in the app, so you know if you can pay for that purchase before you even break out your Chime debit card. This is a big benefit versus traditional banks, which generally keep this number a kept secret from you, which can lead the embarrassment (or worse) of your card being declined when you try to make a payment. Chime shows you exactly how much of a cash advance you have instant access to – up to $200 – so you know what you can spend.
One of the great features of SpotMe is that can also use it to get extra cash via the cash back option on purchases. So if you need a cash advance while your balance is negative, you can also get a cash advance while using your Chime card to make purchases, without incurring any overdraft fees!
How to get a cash advance from Chime at an ATM
You can use SpotMe to get a cash advance of up to $200 from an ATM.
With your Chime Visa debit card, you can access cash at practically any ATM in the world. This includes no-fee withdrawals over 60,000 ATMs that participate in the Chime ATM network, including Moneypass ATMs in 7-Eleven stores and at any Allpoint or Visa Plus Alliance ATM. Otherwise, out-of-network ATM withdrawal fees may apply (as well as additional fees charged by the ATM provider.
To access a SpotMe cash advance from an ATM, you simply use your Chime debit card! If your account balance is zero or negative, you’ll have access to your available SpotMe amount, up to $200. If you have a positive balance in your Chime account, you can withdrawal that full amount PLUS the amount you have available via SpotMe. Once again, there are no fees for using SpotMe, and feel free to skip the optional tip.
If you have a sufficient balance in your Chime account, you can withdraw up to $500 per day via an ATM. You can also make a cash withdrawal at a bank or credit union branch by presenting your Chime debit card to the teller, which is known as an Over The Counter Withdrawal. This is also subject to the $500 daily limit and a $2.50 fee applies. Your card is subject to a daily limit of $2,500 in total transactions.
Get your paycheck two days early with no fees
There’s one more great feature with Chime that can give you access to cash when you need it – early access to your paycheck with no interest cost and no fees.
Getting paid faster means you may no longer need to stretch those last few dollars in your account to make it to the next payday. And you can you use your funds any way you choose, including ATM withdraws, debit card purchases and bill payments. It’s another great perk of setting up direct deposit with Chime
Getting started with SpotMe is quick and easy, and you can get no-fee overdrafts to up to $200 plus get your paycheck two days early. Click here to check it out.
*Chime SpotMe eligibility requirements and overdraft limits:
Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires a single deposit of $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime Spending Account each month. All qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their account up to $20 on debit card purchases and cash withdrawals initially, but may be later eligible for a higher limit of up to $200 or more based on member’s Chime Account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your limit. Your limit may change at any time, at Chime’s discretion. Although there are no overdraft fees, there may be out-of-network or third party fees associated with ATM transactions. SpotMe won’t cover non-debit card transactions, including ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. See Terms and Conditions.
Banking services provided by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The Chime Visa® Debit Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Please see back of your Card for its issuing bank.