You explained to your child how to save money. After taking your lessons to heart, your child has filled his piggy bank to the top! Now it's time to find a savings account for him to deposit all his coins and watch the money grow.
Before you select a bank to open the savings account, you'll want to consider the proximity of the bank to your house. In addition, you'll need to review the terms and conditions of the account including the fees and interest rates.
Is the bank convenient for you to get to? If your children embrace the idea of their own savings accounts, they may want to make frequent trips to the bank. Consider a neighborhood bank, one on a common route that you travel, or inside your local supermarket to keep the trips from turning into a hassle.
If you frequently go to the bank, it may be very helpful to open your child's savings account at the same bank to coordinate visits.
Fees & Requirements:
Find an account that doesn't have monthly maintenance fees or minimum balance requirements. In addition, make sure there is no limit on the number of small deposits. Also watch out for banks that charge fees for inactive accounts and read all the small print before opening the account.
If you are using a bank that provides a free savings account tied to your account, find out what happens if you move your account to another bank. Can your child still keep his account open?
Type of Bank:
The first bank you check will likely be your own bank. If they don't have an account that meets the needs of your child based on fees and requirements, check out your local credit union. Credit unions often have lower fees since they are member owned. In addition, you can explore an online bank if you feel you don't need to make the physical trips to the bank to teach your children.