(Closed) Clueless – savings account

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Well currently I am saving my money at a regular bank which is also doing me NOTHING! Interest rates are terrible right now. Maybe try ING or something more like that?

Post # 4
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3587 posts
Sugar bee

At a credit union

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I use ING but their interest rate isn’t spectacular these days.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can shop banks too. We have a high-interest savings account at a local bank and our checking & credit cards with chase. I’d suggest calling around to local banks to see what they can offer and if there are minimum balances (usually at least 5000) or any requirements (like automatic bill pay at least once a month).

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a “high yield” (yeah, thats a relative term LOL) savings account through Sallie Mae Bank. It’s easy to use, and right now the interest is 1.30%. My Bank of America savings is at .10%, so its better, but it’s not going to make me rich 😉

Post # 11
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1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve actually been using a high yield checking account as my savings account. I get about 3.5 – 4% interest monthly.

To get the interest each month, I have to do 10 debit card transactions and pay a bill. All I do is make sure I do all those transactions and pay the bill during the first half of the month. During the second half of the month, I just transfer the money I spent on that account from my regular checking to the high yield checking.

Of course, I’m depositing my regular savings into this account.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Avoid places that are heavily invested into the bond market.  I worked in investments most of my life (my dad owns a company), and I am seeing all the tailtell signs of a bond market crash.  Just some FYI.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

For high interest you want to go with some kind of internet bank like ING. Not having a brick and morter store (like Amazon) helps them have higher interest rates. In general you aren’t going to find great ones because of the economy right now, but those are your best choice.

Local/small banks or credit unions will be your second best bet. Since they are small and have to compete for business they will usually offer better interest rates since they can’t compete with some of the perks big banks have (like no ATM fees and a lot of locations)

Good luck! I have my “wedding savings account” in an ING right now. Its working for me

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

http://www.creditkarma.com

It will give you your credit score as often as you want for free. It also has tools and tips for how to make your score better. It does not, however, give you a credit report- just the score (number portion).

There is lots of advertising on the site, but for free scores (which you have to pay for pretty much everywhere else), I would say the advertising is worth it!

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