Some Wells Fargo customers have recently been notified of fee and waiver policy changes to their accounts (remember that notice you got in tiny print?). Checking accounts for Wells Fargo cost between $7 and $30 per month.

Wells Fargo customers aren’t alone. For example, Bank of America charges $15 a month and Chase Bank charges $9 per month.

“Fees have been trending up for years,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com.

Centsible Mom columnist Angela Pittenger has lots of tips for avoiding such fees. Find them in the print edition of Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.