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Save money - or earn more - by picking the best checking account or best savings account for your needs. Cut back on unnecessary fees and find the best rates.

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  • Savings bonds aren't just for kids; they can provide anyone with a low risk investment alternative to savings accounts, CDs or high-yield checking accounts, and are less restrictive than you might...
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  • Online banks and the websites of many major banks will sometimes offer free money just for signing up for an account online, and/or referring a friend. Always check before you open the account; once...
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  • There's no sense paying for something you don't want or need, so look over your bank statement to see where you are getting hit with fees and contact your bank to get rid of them. Some examples...
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  • Other than CDs which lock in an interest rate for a specified period of time, most of the other basic savings accounts, such as money market and "high yield" savings, have interest rates that can...
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  • Fatwallet.com message board for user-updated listings on nationally available high APY (annual percentage yield) savings and checking accounts
  • MoneyRates' chart of best checking account rates for Rewards Checking or Interest Checking accounts
  • Helpful source of blog posts and articles to help you make financially sound decisions about investing, spending, and more. Good selection of unique content from staff writers as well as hand-picked articles from across top advice websites.
  • Other than CDs which lock in an interest rate for a specified period of time, most of the other basic savings accounts, such as money market and "high yield" savings, have interest rates that can fluctuate. It's worth taking a look at the current rates each time you get your bank statement and decide whether it is meeting your [...]
  • Online banks cost less to operate than traditional brick-and-mortar banks, and most of them pass those expense savings along to the customer in the form of higher interest rates. This is usually true of online banks that are affiliated with larger retail banks as well as those that have no retailer branches at all.


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