Posts Tagged ‘checking’

#033 — Recession Buster: Increase Cash Flow With High Interest Checking

March 25th, 2009

Once Upon A Time

Our Free Checking Account

We’ve been in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for nearly five years now.  After we ditched Washington Mutual, we moved our accounts to a local bank, and went with their free checking option.

For four years, our account sat there making no interest.  Now that we use our prior month’s income for our current month’s budget, we typically have at least up to a month’s worth of cash in the account.

Recession Buster

Finally, about two months ago, I chatted online with a bank representative about a high-interest checking account.  The move was simple and done right online.  We immediately went from zero interest to making 4.0% on our checking account balance!


Find a High Interest Checking Account

I was happy with a 4.0% interest rate that came without the hassle of changing banks, but interest rates over 5% are available through other banks – local or otherwise!  Here’s a few links I found:

  • High Yield Checking Deals is a blog that lists, by state, the highest-paying high-yield checking bank accounts.  There are dozens in the 5-6% range!  This site also gives statistics of the average yield & balance cap for the combined accounts.
  • CheckingFinder is recommended by (and advertises on) the Dave Ramsey Show, and lists banks by zip code or by interest rate.


On each of these accounts, you typically must meet certain requirements each month to qualify for the high interest rate.  Qualifications typically include the following limitations:

  • Direct deposit of at least one paycheck per month, or auto-draft pay of at least one bill per month.
  • A certain amount of debit-card transactions per month (usually 10-15 transactions).
  • Most accounts I’ve seen apply the high interest rate up to the first $25,000.  Any money above that amount each month will earn at a lower rate (typically 0.5% or other nominal amount).

I find that after 8 trips to the gas station & 4 trips to the grocery store, it’s pretty easy to attain the necessary 10-15 transactions required to qualify.  Of course, take a look at each individual bank’s requirements.

Just Do It

The interest gained may not seem like much, but another $10, $25, $50 a month quickly turns into hundreds of dollars per year.  Bust out of this recession with a high-interest checking account!

Do you use a high-interest checking account?


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#011 — Links O’ The Week

February 9th, 2009

I posted an article over the weekend, so today I’ll give you a few links to check out instead of a detailed post.  Hope your Monday is off to a solid start!


My article asking How Would You Invest the Economic Stimulus Portfolio was included in the 191st Carnival of Personal Finance.  Thanks to Brooke at Dollar Frugal for the inclusion!

Bargaineering has a great article with tips on satisfying requirements for high-interest checking accounts.

Michael James Money shares what he learned about money from poker.  Read the comments too — great discussion and insight!

Scordo debates the strategy of using a HELOC as an Emergency Fund.  Personally, I think using debt to bail you out of a financial mess is not the first option I’d pursue; but read the article and contribute to the discussion — on my page or Scordo’s!

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Hope your week is off to a great start!

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