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How to use SpotMe like a Pro

A guide on how you can avoid overdraft fees using Chime's SpotMe feature.

Chime Team • February 25, 2021

In This Article

  1. How SpotMe works
  2. Is it really free to use?
  3. How to use SpotMe
  4. How can I see or change my SpotMe limit?
  5. Get started with SpotMe today

At many banks, one little mistake can result in not-so-little overdraft fees. In fact, big banks collected more than $11 billion in overdraft fees from their customers in 2019 alone.

At Chime, we like to do things differently. With our SpotMe feature, you can overdraft your account by up to $200 without paying a dime in fees!¹ 

In 2020, we spotted our members $1.5 billion, helping them avoid as much as $5 billion in overdraft fees²— and helping them make crucial purchases when money was tight.

Want in? We thought so. Here’s everything you need to know.

How SpotMe works

SpotMe is available to Chime members who have activated their Chime debit card and receive a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more a month. Once you’ve enrolled in SpotMe (it’s fee-free!), we’ve got your back when you overdraft your account by up to $200. 

Let’s say you have $40 in your Checking Account. At the grocery store, your total is $52, and you want to pay for it with your Chime Visa® Debit Card. Most banks would charge you upwards of $30 for overdrafting your account by a measly $12. We’ll spot you the money instead.

You’ll receive a notification saying “Because your Spending Balance was low, SpotMe covered $12. Your new balance is –$12.” 

Then, the next time money is deposited into your Checking Account, we’ll automatically apply it to your negative balance. You’ll be in the clear, without having paid any overdraft fees.

Is it really free to use?

We know, we know, it sounds too good to be true. But it’s not! 

It’s pretty simple, really: We think overdraft fees are the pits, so we decided to get rid of them. SpotMe is a totally free service for eligible Chime members. 

While you’ll be able to leave a tip once you’ve repaid your negative balance — a way of saying thanks and paying it forward to other members — doing so is totally optional. (And will have no effect on your future eligibility or limit for SpotMe.)

How to use SpotMe

If you’re ready to hop aboard the SpotMe train, make sure you have the latest version of the Chime app, then scroll down your Home feed or over to Settings. 

If you’re eligible for SpotMe (which means you have activated their Chime debit card and received at least a $200 qualifying direct deposit in the last month), you’ll see a button inviting you to sign up. Once you agree to the terms and conditions, you’re in!

The next time you make a debit card purchase or cash withdrawal that exceeds your balance, we’ll spot you up to your limit. That limit will be between $20 and $200, and will be based on a variety of factors, such as your account history and activity. 

While Chime Member Services can’t manually change your limit, we do occasionally offer referral promotions that allow you to increase your SpotMe limit — so be on the lookout for those.

What happens if you try to overdraw your account by more than your limit?

We’ll simply decline the transaction. But don’t worry, you still won’t pay any fees.

It’s important to note that SpotMe only covers debit card purchases and cash withdrawals. It doesn’t apply to Pay Anyone transfers, ACH transfers (including direct debits and services like Venmo or Square Cash), or Chime Checkbook transactions.

How can I see or change my SpotMe limit?

Changing your limit is easy and fast. If you’re eligible for SpotMe, all you need to do is open your Chime app > Scroll down in your Home feed > Tap Settings > and adjust your limit. As easy as 1,2,3.

 

Get started with SpotMe today

Ready for fee-free overdrafts?¹ All you need to do is 1) activate your Chime debit card, 2) have a $200 qualifying monthly direct deposit, and 3) enroll.

Once you’ve taken those three easy steps, you’ll be able to enjoy peace of mind whenever you’re in the checkout line. 💚

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1 Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires a single deposit of $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime Checking 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 Anyone transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. See Terms and Conditions.

2 June 2020 Overdraft Fees Report https://www.responsiblelending.org/sites/default/files/nodes/files/research-publication/crl-overdraft-covid19-jun2019.pdf

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