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Finding a good bank account is absolutely crucial. Your checking and savings account is the center of your financial network map so it's important you pick the right one.

In your day to day, your spending may be done with cash, with credit cards, or with debit cards… but your savings account is the key to your financial fortress.

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How to Pick a Good Bank

Picking the right bank account isn't hard as long as you know what to look for. Use my checklist of what I look for (the first one is an absolute must) and never pick the wrong one again!

If you've never chosen a bank before, there are a lot of details to look over. You start with fees and minimum balances, just so you know how much it'll cost you, but beyond that, there are a ton of little questions you probably haven't even thought about.

How many ATMs does it have? Do they offer ATM refunds?

I share with you a detailed look at the criteria I use to pick a bank.

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Best Bank Promotions

Banks are paying hundreds of dollars in new account sign up bonuses to people just like you. See what the best offers are, which banks have them, and what you need to do to get the free money.

Now that you know what to look for, let's see which banks are willing to give you hundreds of dollars to open an account, set up some direct deposits, and wait.

The days of competing with toasters, t-shirts and frisbees are looooong gone.

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Best Online Savings Accounts

If you don't have a bank account with an online bank, you're missing out on higher interest rates, lower fees, and a host of other perks. Online banks are now mainstream and if you're still paying maintenance fees or using sub-standard technology, you need to break up with your bank and join one of these.

There are brick and mortar banks, for when you need to get face to face with a teller, and then there are online savings accounts who will pay you a decent interest rate. The average interest rate from a checking account these days is a hair over ZERO – here are some of the best out there.

I show you my top picks among the banks plus one great credit union!

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Best Free Checking Accounts

A checking account is the cornerstone of your financial foundation, so much so that it's crucial you pick the right one. You don't want to be paying unnecessary fees, not earning fair interest, and having to scramble to find an ATM. Find out which checking accounts we love and why!

Checking accounts are the hub of your financial system. If you're paying fees or have a big minimum balance to avoid fees, you're with the wrong bank. There a lot of great free checking accounts that you should consider!

We take a closer look at some of the best options including the one I use for the vast majority of our banking.

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Banking Basics

No one was born knowing how to use the various financial instruments available to us today. Sometimes you need to get back to the basics and here are our instructional posts to help you fill in the blanks:

Bank Reviews

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