Reader Question: How to Find a Good Checking Account for a Teen

A reader named Ann recently published the following question on the Dough Roller Facebook page: Why are banks not opening checking accounts for teens, even though their parents are on the account? My 16 year old granddaughter has only the option of her salary being direct deposited into a checking account or receiving a card […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

ING Direct Promotional Deals

Update: Capital One 360 has purchased ING Direct. We have a comprehensive review of Capital One 360, and you can also visit our list of checking account promotions. One of the best deals in online banking comes from ING Direct. Not only does the bank offer excellent interest rates and virtually no fees, but it […]

Published or Updated: June 23, 2014

Ally Introduces 2 New Ally Bank Mobile Apps

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Recently Ally Bank released two mobile phone applications. The apps, designed for the iPhone or Android phones, are a big step into mobile banking for Ally. Frankly, Ally Bank has been behind the curve on its move toward mobile banking, but the Ally Mobile Banking and Ally ATM and Cash Locator apps move it in […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013

What Certificate of Deposit is Right for You?

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I began investing in certificates of deposit when I was 13. Back then (yes, we had color TV and telephones) there were just two options when it came to picking a CD: the term and the amount of money you wanted to invest. Today, things are a bit more complicated. The good news is that […]

Published or Updated: June 7, 2013

Banks vs. Credit Unions–Where to Find the Best Interest Rates

Banks Versus Credit Unions

Photo: shehan365 Where do you go to find the best interest rates? With the Occupy Wall Street and Bank Transfer Day movements in the news, I lot of folks have moved from big banks to credit unions. And that raises an important question–do banks or credit unions have the best interest rates? Now in some […]

Published or Updated: January 22, 2012

Where To Buy Cheap Checks Online

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Banks are robbing us blind. As we mentioned last week in our article about how to order checks online, ordering check refills from your bank can be a costly mistake. All banks do is pass the order off to another company, and then mark up the costs to consumers. Instead, there are several websites that […]

Published or Updated: November 28, 2014

How To Order Checks Online

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Photo: Newton Free Library Checks are evil. I’m serious. In a world of electronic transactions, debit and credit cards, direct deposit, PayPal, and online payments, shouldn’t physical checks be a thing of the past? Yet, I’m amazed at how many checks my wife and I go through. From charitable contributions to school lunches, we write […]

Published or Updated: November 22, 2011

List of Free Online Checking Accounts

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With the revolt against bank fees in the news, I thought it was a good time to highlight some no fee online checking account options. The great thing about online banks is that not only are their checking accounts free, but many of them even pay interest. For those that pay interest, online banks can […]

Published or Updated: August 11, 2015

Don’t Be a ‘Bank Transfer Day’ Lemming

Bank Transfer Day

Saturday was ‘Bank Transfer Day.’ Spurred by the $5 debit card fee Bank of American planned to charge customers, a movement was born to get banking customers to switch from big banks to credit unions. Why they planned it on a Saturday when most credit unions are closed is anybody’s guess. Today in the Washington […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2012