By Kirm from Erie, PA
I refuse to do my banking at any bank. My credit union has a $5 minimum on savings, $0 minimum for checking. Fees are much lower, and cu employees treat us like royalty even though we keep very small balances. Don't know how cus are in your area, but ours includes us in their annual profit-sharing. Last but not least, I never got better than 5% at a bank... I think it was half that for savings. My cu savings reaps a 7% APY.
I bank at credit unions, they usually require a $5 minimum balance in savings. They are also not as "fee-happy" as banks. I have had overdraft charges reversed if a deposit came in after the check cleared.
I don't know which banks are in your area. Do you mean checking or savings accounts? You can research the various banks online or give them a call as MCW suggests. If you are over 50 many banks have special free senior accounts. If you have a direct deposit done monthly (like payroll or Social Security) some banks will give you free accounts. Ask.
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