General savings account questions
Is a high-yield savings account worth it?

Depending on your needs, yes – a high-yield savings account can be a worthwhile place to put at least some of your money. While other options – such as investing in the stock market – may offer the potential of greater returns over time, those returns aren't guaranteed. People can and do lose money on stocks and other investments every day. High yield savings accounts are a good place to keep money – especially funds you may need to access on short notice – because they provide three key benefits:

What is a bank savings account?

A bank (or credit union) savings account is one of the most basic financial products available. Bank accounts provide a safe place to deposit your money and earn interest at a modest rate. In the U.S., bank and credit union savings accounts are federally insured for up to $250,000 per account.

Can you make money off of a high-yield savings account?

Yes, because you're guaranteed to make a certain amount of interest. As long as there aren't fees to eat away at the balance in your account, you will make money. That's why there are no monthly service fees with Affinity savings accounts if you enroll in online eStatements. If you want paper statements, there is a $2 monthly fee.

What is the difference between interest rate and APY (Annual Percentage Yield)?

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What type of savings account is best for kids?

Affinity offers a variety of account types to help members save money, because no single option is best for all personal finance needs and situations. Our SmartStart savings account is probably the best kids' savings account choice because they get 2.00% APY (annual percentage yield) from the first dollar they save, up to a $5,000 balance. We also have other accounts, such as MoreSavings, that offers tiered savings with higher rates for higher balances. 

Is it a good idea to open a savings account for a child?

Talking about money habits and modeling good financial behaviors is a good way for parents to help their children develop strong financial habits and sound money management skills. Savings accounts for kids are a great way to put that theory into practice and give them a positive hands-on experience managing their own money.

What age should a child have a savings account?

Many financial experts say that most kids can understand basic money concepts by age 9. So that can be a good age to open a child's own savings account. However, parents should supervise transactions in any youth savings account - including the use of a debit card linked to the child's account - until they are confident that their child can manage money responsibly.