Your money needs to be safe. It is up to you to choose where you want to deposit your money. There are banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions. They offer a variety of services.
A savings account is an account that earns interest. Interest is what the bank pays you for keeping your money in your account. You can open a savings account with a few dollars. Some banks will give you a booklet called a “passbook,” to keep track of your money.
You need to know:
- Minimum amount you must keep in the account.
- Interest you are paid.
- How much you can take out at one time.
- How often you can take money out of your account. With many savings accounts you will be charged a fee if you withdraw money too often.
- Any charges for having an account.
A checking account is a record of your spending when you pay for
goods or services by check. The bank takes the money from your account
and pays it to the person named on the check. You will get a monthly
record of the deposits you made and the checks that you wrote from your
There are several types of checking accounts. Look at the cost and
other features, then pick the one that is best for you.
There is an easy way to get to the money in your checking and/or
savings account: automatic teller machines (ATMs). To use an ATM you
need to have a card that looks like a credit card. You will also be
given a personal identification number (PIN). Don’t tell this number
to anyone. When you take money out of your account using an ATM,
be sure to record it. Ask if there is a charge for using the ATM.
If your checkbook, passbook or ATM card is lost or stolen, you need to report the loss to the bank immediately.
Last update: Thursday, June 04, 2015