How to Start a Savings Account: Part 1 of the Savings Pledge Series!

July 12, 2011 · 3 comments

by Jennie

The first thing you'll want to do regardless of if you already have a savings account or if you are just now starting one is to set a clear and realistic goal. This fits hand in hand with the Savings Pledge  that I posted about earlier today, so if you have not already taken the Pledge make sure to do so! It is always nice to not only set a dollar amount goal, but to also understand what tangible goal you are working towards. What do you plan to do with the money when you reach your goal? Are you saving to create an emergency fund, pay of a loan, get a new car, a new addition to the family or something else?

The next thing you'll want to do is decide where to save your money. The most convenient place to start your search is with your current bank. Most banks list detailed information on their website about what types of savings accounts that they offer and what interest rates they will pay you for keeping your money with them. After you check the rates at your existing financial institution, consider checking on the current rates at other banks and also with credit card companies. I have found that my credit card company offers significantly higher interest rates than my bank. Due to lower overhead costs and the need to have collateral to back-up the amount of credit that is being extended to other customers, online-only savings accounts often are able to offer these higher rates. It is also very important to read through the fine print on the account that you are considering to ensure there are no hidden fees and to make sure that you have a clear understanding of the terms of your interest rate.

Once you have your savings account set-up you'll be ready to rock and roll with your new savings pledge. This is an important step that should not be underestimated. Savings accounts allow your money to work for you by building interest while you continue to save towards your goal!

Do you have a favorite savings tool or tip on starting a savings account? Please share it with us in the comments section!

 




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Sierra July 12, 2011 at 8:22 PM

If you want to save but are having a hard time doing it, I recommend setting it up so that X amount of dollars are transferred to your savings account each amount. It is much easier to not spend it when it wasn’t ever just sitting there in the first place.

Another bonus with online savings accounts are that it can sometimes take a few days to get your money. This works great for a long term savings fund because you have to intentionally plan ahead and request your money so can’t spend it impulsively.

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Joyce Mlinek July 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Good post. Wish I had been exposed to more articles on savings when I was younger. I would have more of a nest egg now. I stayed home to raise my kids while my husband worked so we always lived paycheck to paycheck but I needed more motivation to put a few dollars away for the future but the Lord has provided everything we needed along the way. Praise the Lord!

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Ioana Barrie July 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I heard from my USAA- military bank that if you put $100 every month from the age of 18 until you retire at 68, you should have about $60,000 if you put it in the bank and never touch it!! I have already started doing that since I was 17 if I had the money every month. If I didn’t, I always put in extra during months that I knew I had the money to do it!! Hope this helps because I have over $1700 saved up just from starting this principal last year!!!

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