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Service Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings, CD, Money Market and IRA Accounts

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Service Credit Union’s checking account options

Basic Service Checking

A noninterest-bearing checking account with minimal fees.
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • MMonthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs; $2 on out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: No overdraft protection; transactions are denied if the funds aren’t available

This is a no-frills checking account that doesn’t earn interest. On the plus side, it has no monthly maintenance fees or overdraft fees; it won’t let you proceed with a transaction if you don’t have the funds available in your account to cover it. It also allows you to be paid up to two days early if you have payroll direct deposit. Terms apply. This account also requires you to receive statements and account communications electronically. You also can’t write paper checks.

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Classic Service Checking

An account similar to the Basic Service Checking account that offers check-writing and overdraft capabilities.
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs; $2 on out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $30 per item

Like the Basic Service Checking account, this account has no monthly maintenance fee or minimum balance requirement. It also comes with Courtesy Pay, which, for a fee of $30 every time it’s utilized, covers checks that would normally be returned unpaid. The account also comes with free online bill pay, mobile apps with remote check deposit, international online bill pay, unlimited check writing and the ability to get paid up to two days early with direct deposit.

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Five Star Service Checking

This checking account offers the opportunity to earn interest at two different tiers.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.05%
$1,500
0.10%
$5,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10, unless a minimum balance of $1,500 is maintained
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs. First five non-Service Credit Union/non-CO-OP withdrawals are free; after that, it’s $2 per transaction
  • ATM fee refund: Up to $20 per month
  • Overdraft fee: $30 per item

The Five Star Service Checking account offers the opportunity to earn interest at two different tiers once you have a balance above $1,500. While it does have a monthly maintenance fee, it can easily be waived if you maintain that balance requirement.

This account also comes with Courtesy Pay for a fee of $30 every time it’s utilized, which will cover any checks that would normally be returned, along with international online bill pay, free mobile apps with remote check deposit, unlimited check writing and the ability to get paid up to two days early with direct deposit.

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Student Checking

A basic, noninterest-bearing checking account for students ages 13 to 25.
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs. First four non-Service Credit Union/non-CO-OP ATM withdrawals are free; after that, it’s $2 per transaction
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $10 Courtesy Pay fee on each overdraft

This account is a great option for students who want to keep track of their funds without any hassles and, especially, without any fees. This account has no minimum balance requirements, comes with online banking services and mobile apps with remote check deposit, offers unlimited check writing and the ability to get paid up to two days early with direct deposit (Terms Apply). Once account holders turn 26, the account will convert into a Basic Service Checking account.

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How Service Credit Union’s checking accounts compare

The best checking accounts out there will feature no monthly fees and ATM fees, as well as provide ATM fee refunds. Most of Service Credit Union’s checking accounts get a gold star for one or more of these features.

But another feature that makes a checking account stand out is if it offers interest on deposited funds. The Five Star Service Checking account does have this going for it, but the rates are still fairly low and you have to maintain a balance of at least $1,500 to earn them. That requirement isn’t all that high, but there are still better checking account options that will get you higher rates. We suggest digging around and looking elsewhere.

Service Credit Union’s savings account options

Share Savings

All new members of Service Credit Union must open this account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%
$50
0.25%
$5,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $5
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs; $2 on out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $30 per item

A Shared Savings account is the entry point to join Service Credit Union and to any other products. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as there’s just a $5 minimum deposit to open it, and it earns higher interest than the checking accounts. Like all savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions and withdrawals up to six per month. E-statements are also available with this account.

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Christmas/Holiday Club account

Set aside money for holiday or special event spending, to withdraw once a year.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
3.00%
$0.01-$3,000
0.25%
$3,000.01
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: 1 cent
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs; $2 on out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $30 per item

This account is designed for putting funds aside to save up for holiday-related expenses, or any special event. The APY drops when your daily balance goes above $3,000.

Your funds can be transferred automatically online, through a payroll deduction, at a branch or by mail. As with other savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions and withdrawals to six per month.

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Youth Club/Smart Savers Program

A kids savings option with some creative extras thrown in.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%
$50-$5,000
0.25%
$5,000

The Youth Club Program is pretty much a standard young savers account, but with activities and information targeted to specific age groups — for the younger crowd, there’s Money Mammals, while the Cha-Ching program provides financial services and resources for teens.

Also, once a child has made 12 visits to a branch, making a deposit of $10 or more each time, they’ll earn an additional $5 in their account. The APY is paid on daily balances of $50 or more, compounded and paid monthly. Kids with balances of $5,000 or more can get an even better rate.

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How Service Credit Union’s savings accounts compare

While the Share Savings account has its minimal balance and deposit requirements going for it, it really doesn’t have much else, and its rates really can’t compete with some of the best online savings accounts. This account won’t be a hassle to maintain if you’re opening it because you’re after one of the credit union’s other products, but we wouldn’t seek out Service Credit Union for this account alone.

The real standout among Service Credit Union’s savings accounts is the Youth Club account, with its dividend and program extras. The higher rates on the Christmas/Holiday Savings account are definitely more enticing and worth taking advantage of if you typically work to put aside funds for the holidays or other special occasions.

Service Credit Union’s CD rates

Share Certificates

Standard CDs with lackluster rates.
TermAPYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
3 months0.75%
$1,000
6 months1.75%
$1,000
9 months2.50%
$1,000
12 months2.00%
$1,000
15 months2.75%
$1,000
24 months2.55%
$1,000
36 months2.55%
$1,000
48 months2.55%
$1,000
60 months2.55%
$1,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Depends on the date and the amount withdrawn; contact the credit union for specific details

Service Credit Union offers share certificates in terms ranging from three months to five years, all with higher minimum deposit requirements than most offerings out there. Its rates, for the most part, are not very competitive.

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How Service Credit Union’s CD rates compare

Let’s be clear: Service Credit Union’s CD rates don’t really compete with the best offerings out there. In fact, they don’t even come close until you get to some of the longer terms, and, even then, they still don’t beat them. They also come with higher minimum opening deposit requirements than many with better rates. We say consider one of the CDs on our list of the best CD rates instead.

Service Credit Union’s money market account option

Money Market account

An account that lets you earn slightly higher interest rates with a higher deposit.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.75%
$2,500
1.00%
$25,000
1.25%
$100,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $2,500
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $2,500
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $5
  • ATM fee: None on in-network ATMs; $2 on out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $30 per item

Service Credit Union’s Money Market account allows you to earn interest on balances of $2,500 or more, with rates increasing across two upper tiers. This account allows you to earn more interest than the regular Share Savings account, and also allows you to write up to six checks per month. Since it is a savings account itself, it’s subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals and transactions each month.

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How Service Credit Union’s money market account compares

As with many traditional banks, Service Credit Union is paying very low rates on its money market account. None of the rates on the balance tiers’ compete with those on our list of the best money market rates available, many of which come with much lower minimum balance requirements to earn said rates. We say look elsewhere before opting for this account.

Service Credit Union’s IRA options

IRA CD rates

IRA Share Certificates

These are the same as the regular share certificates, just opened within an IRA.
TermAPYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
3 months0.75%
$1,000
6 months1.75%
$1,000
9 months2.50%
$1,000
12 months2.00%
$1,000
15 months2.75%
$1,000
24 months2.55%
$1,000
36 months2.55%
$1,000
48 months2.55%
$1,000
60 months2.55%
$1,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Depends on the date and amount withdrawn; contact the credit union for further details

These IRA share certificates are virtually the same as the regular certificates; the only difference is that they can be opened within an IRA. As with the regular accounts, though, their rates are pretty lackluster as well and come with somewhat high minimum deposit requirements.

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How Service Credit Union’s IRA CD rates compare

As with the regular share certificates, the rates on the IRA share certificates really don’t stack up against the competition, and their minimum deposit requirements are higher than most as well. We recommend checking out one of the top IRA CDs on our list, many of which offer higher rates and lower deposit requirements.

IRA savings account

This account can be opened as a Traditional or Roth IRA.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.60%
$50
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This account allows you to build tax-deferred savings for your retirement. In some cases, you may be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $2,000 as an individual, or $4,000 for a couple (a tax adviser can provide complete details). Like a traditional savings account, this IRA is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals and transactions to six per month, as well as IRS penalties for early withdrawals.

How to get Service Credit Union’s banking products

Customers can open Service Credit Union’s checking, savings money market and certificate accounts online in about 10 minutes, by calling the bank at 800-936-7730 or by visiting a branch in person. You’ll need information such as your address and Social Security number, as well as a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, and a credit, debit or U.S. bank account to fund your account.

For the Student Checking and Youth Club accounts, prospective account holders younger than 17 will need to visit a branch with a parent or guardian to open the account.

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Overall review of Service Credit Union’s banking products

On the whole, none of Service Credit Union’s products is particularly impressive. The absence of fees and minimal balance requirements are a plus, but we would always recommend shopping around for accounts that not only also have these characteristics but offer better rates.

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Apple Card Review

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The information related to Apple Card and Uber Visa Card has been collected by MagnifyMoney and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.

Apple aims to redefine credit card usage with the launch of the Apple Card, which debuted in March 2019. In addition to providing a simplified application process and not charging any fees, the Apple Card encourages members to pay less interest and provides special privacy and security features. Customers also receive a percentage of every Apple Card purchase amount in the form of Daily Cash.

Cardholders earn 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

Daily Cash, which is automatically added to your Apple Cash card in the Wallet app on your iPhone, can be used like cash to make purchases, send money to your bank account, pay down your Apple Card balance and more.

If you have an iPhone 6 or later, you may be eligible for the Apple Card. To apply, simply update your iPhone to iOS 12.4, open the Wallet app and tap the plus (+) sign. Once approved, you can begin using your Apple Card instantly via Apple Pay.

You will also be issued a physical, titanium card to use at locations where Apple Pay is not yet accepted. Purchases made using the titanium Apple Card will earn 1% Daily Cash.

In this review, we’ll break down the pros and cons of the Apple Card as well as show how it compares to the Uber Visa Card.

Where the Apple Card stands out

Rewards rate. The Apple Card offers 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

No fees. You will not be charged additional fees to use the Apple Card. In addition to a $0 annual fee, the Apple Card comes with a $0 returned payment fee, a $0 late penalty fee (although you will incur interest charges) and no foreign transaction fees.

Smart payment suggestions. To help you make informed decisions when paying your card bill, the Apple Card will estimate the interest charges you will incur (in real time), based on the amount you decide to pay.

Also, the Apple Card offers smart payment suggestions to encourage you to pay down your balance more quickly.

Privacy and security. A unique card number is created on your iPhone for your Apple Card. This means that each purchase made using your iPhone is protected by Face ID or Touch ID authorization, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Additionally, the issuer of the Apple Card, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, does not share or sell your data to third parties for marketing and advertising purposes.

Additional Apple Card benefits

  • Titanium card for places that don’t accept Apple Pay
  • Ability to contact Apple Card support 24/7 by sending a text from Messages
  • Real-time views of your latest transactions and balance via the Wallet app
  • Weekly and monthly spending summaries

Where the Apple Card falls short

No sign-up bonus. The Apple Card does not come with a sign-up bonus.

Application restrictions. If you’re an Android cellphone user, you’re out of luck. The Apple Card is only available if you have an iPhone 6 or later that runs the latest version of iOS.

How it compares with the Uber Visa Card

If you want to earn bonus cash back in popular spend categories without paying an annual fee, there are other credit cards to consider. The Uber Visa Card, for example, offers 4% back on dining, including UberEats, 3% back on hotel and airfare, 2% back for online purchases, Uber and music streaming services, and 1% on everything else.
Additionally, the card also comes with a $0 annual fee and doesn’t require an iPhone to apply.

See how the Uber Visa Card compares to the Apple Card in the table below.

 Apple CardUber Visa Card
Annual fee$0$0
Sign-up bonusN/AEarn $100 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days.
Rewards
  • 2% Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay. 3% Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services, and using Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats and 1% daily cash on store, website or app that doesn't take apple pay.

  • 4% back on dining, including UberEats, 3% back on hotel and airfare, 2% back for online purchases, Uber and music streaming services, and 1% on everything else.

Intro APR on purchasesN/AN/A
Regular purchase APR12.99%-23.99% Variable17.74% - 28.49% Variable
Foreign transaction feesNone0% of each transaction in U.S. dollars.

Unlike the Apple Card, the Uber Visa Card allows you to earn $100 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days. Additionally, the Uber Visa Card offers a higher cashback rate on dining, hotels and airfare.

That said, the Uber Visa Card offers a slightly lower cashback rate on Uber purchases than the Apple Card: The Uber Visa Card offers 2% back on Uber purchases, compared with 3% with the Apple Card. The caveat is you must pay for your Uber purchases via Apple Pay to earn the 3% rate with the Apple Card.

The bottom line

If you’re an iPhone user who wants to earn cash back on every purchase and take advantage of tools that encourage responsible card usage, the Apple Card is a solid option. However, if prefer a card that comes with a sign-up bonus and a higher rewards rate on dining and travel purchases, the Uber Visa Card is the better choice.

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The Top 7 Second Chance Bank Accounts

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Some banks don’t like giving second chances to customers who have less-than-stellar financial histories, especially since it could expose them to expensive risks. A record of bounced checks or debit card overdrafts could easily lock you out of the conveniences of modern banking.

Fortunately, banks also like making money, and some offer special “second chance” accounts that minimize their risk while allowing consumers to stay in the banking system. A second chance bank account gives customers with troubled records a fresh opportunity to demonstrate they can bank responsibly.

When it comes to a second chance account, fees are an unfortunate reality. But some accounts offer customers a better deal than others, and we’ve researched our database to find the second chance accounts with the most reasonable fee structures, while also factoring in whether they provide online and mobile banking, and how accessible accounts are throughout the country.

Account Name

Monthly Fee

Minimum to open

Availability

Chime$0$0Nationwide
Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking$4.95$30Nationwide
Radius Essential Checking$0$10Nationwide
Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts$10, can be waived if you meet requirements$25All 39 states (plus Washington D.C.) that has a Wells Fargo location.
BBVA Easy Checking$13.95$25Nationwide, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii
Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking$9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit; $11.95 without a direct deposit$25Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia
First National Bank and Trust Company Renew Checking$9.95; $7.95 with direct deposit$25Select areas of Wisconsin and Illinois

Second chance account basics

With a second chance bank account, customers shut out of traditional bank accounts get the opportunity to win their way back into a bank’s good graces. Similar to credit bureaus, financial services company ChexSystems maintains records of consumers’ banking histories. Bounced checks, overdrawn accounts or instances of fraud can all end up on your ChexSystems record; if you accumulate enough black marks on ChexSystems, banks could deny your application to open a new account.

Because second chance accounts are meant for customers who have demonstrated bad banking behavior, some lack features of traditional accounts, such as overdraft protection. In the eyes of the bank, you represent too much of a risk for them to extend you such courtesies.

Nobody likes paying fees, and we generally advise consumers to avoid needless banking fees due to the many fee-free banking options available. But fees are the price you pay for access to banking when you have a poor record. Plus, the second chance accounts listed below give you access to online and mobile banking, which is always a plus.

The 7 best second chance bank accounts

1. Chime

Chime

Fintech app developer Chime is not a bank, however their online checking account product is open to everybody no matter how bad your record is with ChexSystems. Chime does not check on applicants with ChexSystems, plus they offer lots of non-traditional features to help you get your financial life back on track. Best of all is the fact that they charge no fees at all, and require neither a minimum opening deposit or a minimum balance.

Chime account features:

  • No opening balance or minimum balance requirements.
  • Set up direct deposit for your paycheck, and the funds from each pay period will be deposited as soon as the transaction is initiated, giving you access to your pay up to two days earlier than conventional checking accounts.
  • Automatic savings features to help you save in your connected Chime Savings account.
  • The app sends you daily bank account balance notifications, and sends transaction alerts every time you use your debit card.
  • You can disable the debit card from the app.
  • Send 15 fee-free “friend transfers” P2P payments each month.
  • Nominal 0.01% APY on all deposits.

Fees to watch out for:

  • Chime’s service is almost entirely fee-free: No monthly charges, no ACH transfer fees, no foreign transaction fees, and no ATM fees if you withdraw funds from MoneyPass or Visa Plus Alliance network ATMs.
  • If you make an ATM withdrawal outside of these networks, there is a $2.50 fee.
  • Overdrafts are not permitted, so there is never an overdraft fee.

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2. Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking

Peoples Bank Cash Solutions

This Texas-based bank offers a second chance bank account that is available nationwide, and so long as you don’t have a record of bank or checking fraud on your record, you should be approved for this account. You’ll need to deposit at least $30 before the bank activates your account and provides you with checks and a debit card.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $4.95 monthly maintenance fee
  • $27.50 overdraft fee
  • $27.50 nonsufficient funds fee
  • $3.95 printed statement fee (which can be avoided with electronic statements)
  • $2.00 ATM withdrawal fee at machines not owned by Peoples Bank
  • $25 stop payment fee
  • $20 account closure fee (if within 90 days of opening account)

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3. Radius Essential Checking

Radius Bank

Products from online bank Radius are available to customers nationwide, and accessibility is a strong point in its favor. This second chance bank account only requires customers to deposit $10 to open an Essential Checking account, which is lower than some other accounts on this list.

Account Features:

  • A free debit card
  • 24/7 mobile and online banking
  • Access to Radius’s budgeting and personal finance tracking apps
  • Eligibility to upgrade to Radius’s Reward Checking account after 12 months of positive banking history

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9 monthly maintenance fee
  • $25 per item non-sufficient funds fee (waived on all overdraft items $5 or less)
  • $5 daily overdraft fee

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4. Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo’s Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts are tailor-made for folks with a lackluster credit or banking history. With a $25 opening deposit, you’ll get access to a second chance bank account that offers most of the bells and whistles of a traditional bank account. The account does come with a monthly fee, although it’s possible to waive it if you meet a few requirements (see below).

Account features:

  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free transfers are available between Opportunity Checking and Savings accounts
  • You can choose to opt into overdraft protection
  • Free access to bill pay
  • “My Spending Report with Budget Watch” is available if you want to pay extra attention to where your money is going
  • Free debit card with access to more than 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs throughout the country

Fees to watch out for:

  • $10 monthly service fee, waived if any of the following are true:
    • You make 10 posted debit card purchases or payments
    • You keep a minimum daily balance of $1,500 in the account
    • You receive $500 total in direct deposits each statement cycle
  • $35 overdraft and returned item fee
  • $12.50 overdraft protection transfer fee
  • $15 fee for excess activity (exceeding withdrawals from your savings account)
  • 3% foreign transaction fee with your debit card
  • $5 for money orders
  • $31 for stop payments

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5. BBVA Easy Checking

BBVA
BBVA’s Easy Checking product is available as a second chance account to customers in the Lower 48 (sorry, residents of Alaska and Hawaii, you’ll have to look elsewhere). Note that you must open the account at one of the bank’s branch locations, or by phone outside of the branch network footprint; you cannot open this account via their website. There is a $13.95 monthly service charge to maintain the account. You can request that BBVA upgrade your account one of their regular checking products after 12 months — and ditch that high monthly fee — so long as the Easy Checking account remains active and has a positive balance.

BBVA Easy Checking features::

  • Online and mobile banking, customized alerts, and a free debit card (with option to personalize)
  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free BBVA ATM withdrawals

Fees to watch out for:

  • $3 fee for out-of-network ATM withdrawals
  • $38 insufficient funds fee ($32 in California)
  • $15 deposit item returned fee
  • $32 stop payment fee made over the phone or in person ($30 in California); $25 if made online
  • No fee for closing your account within 180 days of opening

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6. Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking

Woodforest National Bank

This regional bank has a checking account aptly named Second Chance Checking, to help people rejected by other banks access — provided they live in one of the 17 states where a physical branch exists and can meet the $25 minimum opening deposit requirement. Those states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit (or $11.95 without a direct deposit), $3.00 monthly paper statement fee (which can be avoided if you sign up for electronic statements)
  • $9 one-time account set-up fee
  • $2.50 ATM withdrawal fee when used at a non-Woodforest network ATM
  • $15 debit card set-up fee
  • $29 overdraft fee (for each charge)

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7. First National Bank and Trust Company Renew Checking

First National Bank and Trust Company (WI)

First National Bank and Trust Company’s second chance bank account offering is called Renew Checking. You’re eligible for a new account if you live near the bank’s Beloit, Wisc. headquarters, in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Account Features:

  • No monthly minimum balance
  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free online and mobile banking, bill pay, and e-statements
  • Access to 70,000 no-fee ATMs worldwide through Allpoint and MoneyPass
  • Eligible to upgrade account after twelve months in good standing

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9.95 monthly service fee, or $7.95 with direct deposit
  • $30 early account closure fee (if closed within 90 days of opening)
  • $34.50 overdraft fee
  • $34.50 insufficient funds fee
  • $34.50 stop payment fee

The fee schedule for personal accounts at First National Bank and Trust Company is here.

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Alternatives to a second chance bank account

Get a prepaid debit card

Tired of the traditional banking experience? You could opt for a prepaid debit card instead. With a prepaid card, you can load money onto it and spend at merchants that accept major credit and debit cards. But if you try and spend more money than what’s on the card, the transaction is declined — although this prevents you from accruing any overdraft or insufficient funds fees. This is useful if you feel you may still have trouble managing your spending and need an extra layer of security to prevent you from getting into trouble.

Some prepaid cards offer extra perks like advance direct deposit and free ATMs so long as you stay in their network.

Open a secured credit card

You may also have better luck applying for a secured credit card if your credit score is in good enough shape. Usually, this requires depositing cash with the lender, who then gives you the credit card for the same amount. Each month that you make on-time payments, the bank will report that good behavior to the credit bureaus, helping you boost your credit score. At the end of the payment period (generally 12 months, though it varies by banks), you’ll get the full deposit back.

Secured cards can come with high interest rates and many don’t feature the enticing rewards other high-end cards do, but they get the basic job done for consumers who don’t need a card with a high credit limit.

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