(Closed) Which bank is best???

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Which Bank is Best

    Bank of America

    Chase

    Suntrust

    Wells Fargo

    Wachovia

    Some Other one Not Listed...Explain Below

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m with  a local credit union, no fees, good rates.

    Post # 18
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Credit union or Wells Fargo

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Credit Union.  I’ll never go back to a regular bank.

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    This might not be super helpful, but when DH and I were applying for a mortgage EVERYONE we spoke to (friends, family, real estate agents, attorney, etc.) told us to avoid B of A like the plague. We approached them for a quote and took it to Wells Fargo who matched the rate and slashed our closing costs (something BofA was not willing to do). Maybe they were right, maybe not, but we kind of feel like we dodged a bullet based on the horror stories we heard about Bof A.

    I used to work at Commerce Bank which was bought by TD Bank and now that’s our primary checking/savings bank. They always give great service and waive fees for us, so we are pretty happy.

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I hate BofA!!!  I hate the fees and I think they have terrible customer service.  I use PNC (in Chicago) and my credit union, which I love.

    Post # 22
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Wow, I’m surprised how many people are fans of credit unions.  I’ve only checked out the one that has an office at my work and they totally sucked!  Their mortgage rates were half a point higher than what even Bank of America was offering, their interest rates on accounts was just as bad.  And, not at the fault of credit unions, but it left a bad taste in my mouth, the guy was totally rude to me and talked to me like I was just some idiot little girl with no money and bad credit.  I’ve used bank of america forever now and havent had any problems, cept they also sucked for not paying my closing cost so I didnt refi though them. I’ve accidentally paid the wrong credit card through their bill pay and called them up about it, and they put the credit card company on the call and explained it to them so that they’d reverse the late fee and credit me the few days finance charges that had accumlated.  Obviously I love their service, the atm coverage, free checks, free over draft protection, good rewards credit card… never paid a fee to them in my life. 

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Credit union.

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    OP: Credit unions are very hit or miss. Some are great, but others are really terrible. Have you considered online banking? I bank with Ally and I get high interest rates (relative to other banks) on all accounts, even checking. None of the accounts have fees or minimum balances. I also get no fee usage of any ATM nationwide and they refund ATM fees that other banks charge. If you normally get paid by direct deposit and don’t physically go to the bank very often, I encourage you to check out Ally Bank.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    credit union for sure. All big banks are evil and will steal from you. 

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Love the credit union. My auto loan rates have always been very reasonable (much cheaper than the big banks), and they never try to slip in random fees.

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Ok, I used to work at one of the banks listed above (rhymes with “Hells Embargo” lol).  First, Wachovia and Wells are now all one bank.  Second- Big banks like the ones you listed are easily accessible.  If you like the ability to go into your bank nearly anywhere in the US, I’d look at BOA or Wells.  However, you are not going to get the most “bang for your buck” with a big bank.  Interest rates are low at big banks.  You can find better rates with a credit union, or online-only banks (Ally Bank and Orange are two I can think of).  Big banks are going though a lot of changes in terms of how they make their money, and a lot of that is coming back to the consumer in monthly fees, etc.  I would suggest having one account with a credit union/online bank, and one with a big bank, just to cover all your bases.

    Post # 28
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 1996

    I love my credit union.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee

    CREDIT UNION! I hate banks and am still upset with my SO for going to Wells Fargo after he got sick of the lack of mobile apps for my CU… grrr. Banks are so much more user friendly, plus it keeps money in your own area.

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I must be in the minority, because I love the convenience of the big banks, lol. I used to have an account with US Bank and never had any trouble with them. I finally switched just because there weren’t any locations nearby after I moved. I switched to Chase and like it. I do not get charged any fees for my credit card or checking account. I get good rewards on the credit card (much better than I got at US Bank). And I love the technology–being able to deposit checks from home with my mobile app basically means I never have to go to the bank.

    However, I am not sure if Chase has great interest rates on their savings account. I know you do get “perks” if you have multiple things open with them (cc, checking, savings, mortgage, etc.). But they probably still aren’t as good as a credit union might be.

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I heard Credit Union is the best.  I personally use BOA and hate everything about it.  I had to fight for so many times for their sneaky fees and policy change that didn’t notify you in advance until they start billing you.  And then once you fix it they still charge a monthly maintenance which is something if you don’t pay attention you will get charged. 

    I had multiple horrible experience with them at different local branches and they messed up my family’s accounts (we used same address) multiple times. 

    My friend got charge for a long time and finally corrected them and chased back the money but BOA insist they can only refund “fees” up to 6 months ago. 

    I haven’t heard one single praise for using BOA except you can find their ATMs everywhere. 

    My friend used CHASE and her card info got stolen at WALMART multiple times in one day to buy different appliance and didn’t get flagged.  She didn’t find out until she got the statement and call CHASE herself to cancel it.  Her bill just from Walmart was like 10K.  Who buys one thing at a time for 15 times at Walmart on a regular day, really?

    IMO, stay away from BOA / CHASE if you can. 

     

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