5 Easy Steps for Opening A Savings Account

Banks Editorial Team · December 20, 2017

Savings accounts provide you with the ability to earn money on your savings investment no matter where it’s located.

Through interest, you earn money from your money, making it a simple and easy-to-understand process.

The good news is that opening a savings account could not be easier – banks want you to open an account and become part of the community, so they’re happy to work with you through the process.

1. Checking or Savings Account?

There are two generic types of bank accounts for you to choose from: a checking and a savings account. A checking account is appropriate for paying your bills, writing checks, and making debit card purchases. It’s your “everyday account.” However, a savings account is wise if you want to build an emergency fund or put money away for specific goals.

So let’s say you want to put a down payment on a house in the coming years. A savings account is where you’ll start to save for this payment. The benefit of selecting a savings account over a checking account is that there is interest rates applied, earning you money while you leave your funds in that specific savings account.

2. Type of Account

You have a choice of selecting an online savings account or a regular money market account today. A money market account involves you physically walking into the institution and sitting down with a teller to get your sign-up all done. However, there are also online savings accounts today, which can be setup with an online assistant or over the phone.

Once you decide between an online savings account and a money market account, it’s time to present the needed items and documentation.

3. Personal Information

The person opening your account is going to need you to present:

  • Social security number
  • A form of ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Initial deposit amount

You will also need to provide personal information, like your birth date, as well as all of this same information if there is to be a co-owner of the savings account.
Lastly, now is the time to let the bank know if you’re not a U.S. citizen or have had significant credit issues in the past.

4. Open The Account:

You’re now ready to apply! After making your first deposit, whether it’s in person or over the phone, you can begin wiring funds from other accounts in if you wish. If it’s your very first account, take time to read about the bank and its policies before you’re hit with confusing fees.

5. Close The Old Account:

Only applicable if you had an old account, be sure to speak with your employer about any direct deposits that were going into the old account, as well as automatic bill payments you have going out of it to cover bills.

Congratulations! You’re now the owner of a fully functioning savings account.

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