Savings Accounts

Checking vs. Savings Accounts: What’s the Difference

Putting your paycheck in a jar that sits on your shelf isn’t feasible when your earnings increase beyond birthday gift money and weekly chore allowance. At that point you’ll need a bank account. That being so, let’s take a look at two common options: checking account vs. savings account. Learn the different purposes of checking […]

Savings Accounts

How to Start an Emergency Fund, Even If You Think You Can’t

If you’ve made it to this blog post, congrats! You’re already taking the first step in building your emergency fund. Starting can be the hardest part of achieving any goal, but it can feel even more difficult if you don’t know where to begin or feel stretched thin when it comes to your finances. While […]

Savings Accounts

Your Questions Answered: How Does a Savings Account Work?

As kids, many of us saved all our coins, dollars, and allowance in a piggy bank — and that was our first introduction to how to save. In many ways, a savings account functions a lot like a piggy bank. It’s a place to store your hard-earned cash until you might need it. But unlike your childhood piggy bank, a savings […]

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Put Your Savings on Autopilot: How to Set Up Recurring Deposits to Your Ally Bank Online Savings Account

Why is it that spending is just so much easier than saving? Even though we know it’s something that will benefit us, saving can just seem so tedious. And when you’re trying to be smart with your finances, there can be a lot of to-dos: paying bills on time, managing retirement contributions, keeping credit cards […]

Savings Accounts

How to Open an Online Savings Account at Ally Bank: 5 Steps in 5 Minutes

If you’re ready to take advantage of the great rates, straightforward terms, and top-notch account security of an Ally Bank Online Savings Account, good news: you can open one in five minutes or less. Here’s a quick step-by-step how-to for opening an Online Savings Account at Ally Bank. Minute 1: Gather your personal creds Start […]

Savings Accounts

Swipe Right for Your Savings Account Match

When you’re looking for a match on a dating website or app, you have a general idea of your type. Think: funny, kind, a love of adventure… But can you say the same when shopping around for a savings account? Savings accounts are one of the more popular types of bank accounts around. More than […]

Savings Accounts

How APR Works & What It Means for Your Loan or Credit Card

Are you planning to get a loan or open a new credit card? You know you typically can’t borrow money for free. APR (annual percentage rate) indicates how much it costs to borrow money over the course of one year. To understand all the potential costs associated with loans and credit cards, you need to […]

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How Inflation Impacts Your Savings and What You Can Do About It

Grandpa was right; a loaf of bread did cost 10 cents several decades ago. (As for walking to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm, that’s debatable.) But bread doesn’t cost 10 cents anymore, and even if you’re not an economist, you probably know it’s because of inflation. How does inflation affect your savings? And, […]

Savings Accounts

Do You Need to “Save” Your Savings Account? Answer These 2 Questions to Find Out

You know it’s coming. The low punch in the gut every time you look at what your savings account balance actually earned throughout the month or year. You deserve to feel the lift that comes with watching your balance grow. Answer these two questions to find out if you need to “save” your savings from […]

Savings Accounts

How to Put Your Savings Deposits on “Cruise Control” (So You Can Enjoy the View)

Do your best saving intentions have a way of ending up at the bottom of your list? Like that extra $200 or so you had planned to save on payday. Before you even had a chance to schedule a transfer, it was gone with the wind, say, on a spontaneous weekend road trip. You know you […]

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