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Financial Products and Services: How to Save


Using Financial Products to Start Saving

Many of us use financial products and services to manage our money, pay bills, and save. Just like any other product or service you buy, it pays to shop around and understand the cost of the products and services you're considering before you make a decision. If you want to use a bank or credit union account to start or build your savings, below are some tips to consider.

Choose the Right Financial Institution

Is physical access to your bank important? Or do you mainly access your funds digitally? Do you need a full-service banking relationship that includes a variety of in-person services? Is there a branch close to your home or work? Are there fees for basic accounts, such as savings and checking? Keep these and other questions in mind when deciding which financial institution and account is best for you.

Find the Best Savings Rates

Banks and credit unions offer different interest rates on savings and money market accounts. It pays do some research before choosing a financial institution. Luckily, the internet has made this process much easier than in the past. There are a number of websites that allow you to compare products from different financial institutions, including credit cards, savings accounts, and loans.

Maintain Good Banking Practices

Your banking history will be a key factor in whether or not you can open a new account at a bank or credit union. The better your banking history, the more likely you are to be able to open an account.

Choosing the right financial products and services for your needs takes a bit of diligence and research. Costs can vary widely, but shopping around for the right financial products and services can result in significant cost savings in the long run.

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What You Can Do Right Now

Information is great. But taking small steps now can lead to big changes.
  • Today
  • What do you need in an account at a bank or credit union? How do you get and use your money? How do you think an account may help you do these things more effectively and efficiently?
  • Next Week
  • Shop around for the right bank. Consider ones near your home or work, if location is important to you.
  • Consider online financial institutions that may offer the features that you are looking for.
  • During the Next Few Months
  • Open an account at a bank or credit union to start or build your savings.
  • Set up direct deposit from your paycheck or some other automated system to help you get in the habit of saving.