My Checking Account: Washington Mutual (WaMu)

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I use Washington Mutual (WaMu) as my primary checking account. My paycheck is direct deposited there and I pay all my bills (with free online bill pay) with it. I like it because they offer absolutely free checking. There are no monthly fees or balance requirements and they have branches nationwide! They also offer free basic checks for life (although I rarely use checks anymore) and you can now get a statement savings account earning 5% APY when you open an account online. They are obviously targeting internet-savvy consumers as you cannot get this deal in person at a branch.

I don’t actually use the WaMu 5% savings for my emergency fund. I keep my emergency fund at a couple online savings accounts which I’ll talk about later. I keep money that I’m going to need within a week or so in the WaMu account so that it’s at least earning some interest. Before, it would just sit in my checking account earning zero interest. It’s also good because I can instantly transfer any funds from my checking to my savings account or vice versa.

Now make sure that you sign up for both accounts (free checking & statement savings) at the same time. Otherwise, you won’t get the 5% on the savings. Even if you already have an account with WaMu (I did when I signed up for this), you’ll have to sign up for both accounts. So right now I have two checking accounts and one savings account with Washington Mutual.

Pros:

-No monthly fees and only $1 to open each account

-Branches nationwide, 5% interest, and free checks for life

-Free debit card with $.03 cash back and free online bill pay

Cons:

-Watch out for fees when you make a mistake (bounce a check, have someone bounce a check on you, make more than 6 outgoing transfers from your savings per month, etc.) (I know from experience, although, you can call and usually have the fee waived, but don’t go crazy…)

If found using a payday loan as one of your personal loans or even home equity loans, most of the loans take a longer time in becoming a bad credit loan.

No Greater Love on Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a bonus Valentine’s Day Verse:

13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:13

As you go about your day on the “day of love” remember that the greatest love was when Jesus came to this earth, died for our sins, and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life in heaven and abundant life here on earth! Jesus is love!

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my brand-spankin’ new blog all about Christian Personal Finance! This is my very first post! Hope you stick around as we dive into many different personal finance topics from a Christian perspective. I already have some ideas for this blog so stay tuned! I will let you in on one secret though; there will be a verse of the day related to finance! I believe the Bible is the greatest finance book there is and if you live by its principles, you will become not only financially rich, but spiritually rich as well!