Enroll in Chase’s ‘Clear & Simple’ program

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Chase credit card customers have a new way to avoid costly late fees and other penalties.

Sign up for the "Clear & Simple" program and your card statements will be emailed to you.

You can then decide how much of the balance to pay off. It can be anywhere from the entire amount to the minimum payment.

On the due date, Chase automatically deducts that amount from the customers' checking accounts.

The program also sends electronic reminders -- e-mails, text messages or voice mail -- about upcoming payments or when your balance is nearing the credit limit.

What's not to like about a system that makes it almost impossible to run up fees for late payments and exceeding your credit limit -- typically $25 or $35 a shot?

To learn more go to the Clear & Simple website.

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