Choosing A Bank
Choosing the best bank for your needs is easy. First, you have to figure out exactly what you need from a bank. Once you know what to look for, you can quickly evaluate the competition and end up with the best bank account out there. This page offers a guide to choosing the right bank for your needs, and offers some ideas for starting your checklist.
What Will You Do?
The fist question to ask yourself is what you want to do with your bank account. Do you want to put money in there periodically and watch it grow? Will you move money in and out quickly? You need to know what your banking behavior will be like in order to find the right bank.
How Will You do It?
Next, get an idea of how you prefer to do your banking. If your schedule doesn’t work with most bank schedules, the best bank might just be the one that’s open at convenient times. If you’re a web-savvy customer, look for the banks that make it easy to do your dealings quickly and efficiently with the click of a mouse.
What’s it Worth to You?
Free checking accounts get a lot of hype. They get people in the door. However, free may not always be the best thing for you. If you value certain services or conveniences, you may be willing to pay for them. Once you get ahold of fee schedules from competing banks, consider if it’s really going to bother you to pay a few bucks each month for that “gotta have it” feature or service. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.
Finally, remember to ask other people for opinions. Ask your friends where they bank, and how happy they are. People upset at the bank are motivated to spread the word – but happy customers often don’t even realize that they’re happy.